Sunday, October 23, 2005

Winter Visitors

We know that our Winter visitors are coming. It occurred to me that this annual migration is not new. When taking philosophy courses, I often read a bit of the biographies of the writers. It seems that the Rio Grande Valley, Florida, and other states in the southern United States aren't the only ones who had annual influxes of people. People have travelled south for the winter for ages. Many Europeans would travel to the southern coasts of France, Spain, and to Italy for milder winters whenever their health required. Back in those days, I imagine people rode by carriage or by horse to their Winter refuges. On top of that, they would have to travel through different countries and learn some languages on the way. If you are a Winter Texan, you are fortunate that you don't have to learn Spanish. It would be helpful, but not necessary.

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