Long ago in this container of Grich I had a regular post called "Country of the Day." That turned into country of the week, and then country of the whenever-I-feel-like-spending-the-time. I'm sorry I let this go, as I enjoyed the process. But at times it took a fair bit of my spare time and I never got around to continuing the process. That's not to say that I won't do it again, it's just not a regular thing.
Well, for my own gratification, and yours to if you so choose, Ben Keene, the editor of the Oxford Atlas of the world (Oxford press), has a regular posting on the Oxford press blog called Ben's Place of the Week. It's usually a short bit about the place, and why he's singling it out, along with a link or two.
This week's place is Castrillo de Murcia, Spain. And the reason he's singling it out is because they, like Pamplona, have an annual tradition. However their's involves baby jumping. You'll just have to go see that post to find out what I'm talking about.
I got this information from one of my current favorite blogs: Catholicgauze. I just can't imagine where he finds all this stuff. Along with that he's been following a series at the Oxford blog about Stalin's gulags.
And then there's this other article from a geologist he reads. It's a great look into the top 5 disasters that could possibly kill millions of people in the United States, and the San Andreas ripping California apart is only number 5! The Pacific Northwest suffering tidal waves dozens of meters high along with sustained 5 minute long 8.0 earthquakes is only number 4, but that one concerns me the most, as I live up here. Fun read, but scary as all heck. And be prepared: it's long.