Don Quixote de la Mancha
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
(1547 – 1616)

“I do not insist that this is a full adventure, but it is the beginning of one, for this is the way adventures begin.”

“No insisto en que sea una aventura completa, sino es el comienzo de una, porque así es como comienzan las aventuras.”


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Jan with her Mexican maid and amiga, Beda, Saltillo 1970
Author at her northwoods home


Janet E. Kurtz

¡Hola! Me llamo Jan.

Hello! I call myself, Jan.  My mother calls me, Janet.  My Spanish-speaking friends call me Juanita. These stories and photos represent my duo-life, a bilingual journey, a multi-dimensional world view.


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