December 28th, 2009


2009 Holiday Newsletter

(If you are on our Christmas card list, you've already gotten this in the mail. Photo: my husband, Jerry, at Cuenca, a city built on a cliff.)

We've enjoyed a quiet year.

Sue is still inflicting English lessons on Spanish adolescents at an after-school academy. She's also still writing, and her science fiction short story "Spiders" was included in the anthology Year's Best SF #14, published by Eos HarperCollins. She's also begun translating the Renaissance best-selling novel Amadis of Gaul from Spanish to English and posting it a chapter at a time at

Jerry is still working for IBM and spends lots of time at the office in Alcobendas, a suburb north of Madrid with many office buildings. It's best known as the town where actress Penelope Cruz grew up; she no longer lives there. On business trips, he was able to buy Dandoy cookies in Brussels and admire the view of Paris from his hotel room, but that's all the fun he had.

Jerry's brother Dan and his family visited for Easter, and Julia learned that castles and knights exist outside of Disney movies.

This summer we were able to visit Alcalá de Henares, Buitrago del Lozoya, and Cuenca, three important cities in medieval Spain now popular with tourists.

We plan to spend quiet holidays at home, but since Christmas doesn't end in Spain until the Three Kings bring presents on January 6, we'll probably be partying longer than you.

¡Felices Fiestas!
— Sue Burke