Cadiz - linked to the sea
Boats at rest, La Playa de la Caleta
Each year for the past few, I've managed to get to the European Conference for Educational Research. EERA, whose annual conference this is, exemplifies efforts in Europe for cooperation in development between countries, as well as Europe's endeavor to learn from as well as influence other parts of the world. This year we all gathered in Europe's oldest existing city - Cádiz, the capital of Andalućia.
Cathy had more opportunities than I did to explore the Old City where our hotel and the university were situated. However my daily walk to and from the conference took me through main plazas. The university is right next to one of the most popular beaches, Playa de la Caleta. Very tempting, given the 30s temperatures each day - but I resisted.
Of course, the local food and wine are always an interest. Paella, various other rice, fish and meat dishes - and the local specialty wines including Xerès (sherry) - all lived up to their reputation.
The conference itself was very interesting - always helpful to observe the diversity of approaches across Europe to issues we deal with all across the world. Many participants will head to Australia later this year
when our local educational research association hosts the World Educational Research Association (!!) in conjunction with its own conference in Sydney.
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