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September 23rd 2012
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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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Entry to the main conference building, University of Cadiz

26th September 2012

Go Graeme and Cathy
Hi Cathy and Graenme, Such an exciting time.......again. We only wish that we both could be with you again on your trip and enjoy a paella together along wit the regional wines. And cathy we wish your knee and yourself much joy and happiness. When the travelling days are over I can imagine us touring the granite belt and hacking into the regional wines. Yes? but nothing would be better than a local white with a platter of seafood from the Cadiz area. Cheers, Paolo and Enza
27th September 2012

Dear travellers! How do you manage, Graemme, to have 2 European summer conferences, first in the UK, then Spain? With France in the middle, where, of course, you have to have a compulsory stopover between the 2 conferences... Back in Brisbane after a couple of months in Europe and UK, including 5 weeks in London for David's research.. Vous rentrez quand en Australie? Bises et à bientôt, Love to you both, Rebecca

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