Open border

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This may be the border between France and Spain.

There were no signs. There were no guards. There were no lines. There was no passport control.

Actually the only thing that went through my head when I took this picture was “cool cattle guard.” It was only later, as I was trying to figure out when I passed the international boundary, that I reckoned it must have been here. It may have been somewhere even less noticeable.

The line between these two countries was established in 1659. As members of the EU, France and Spain are practicing the dream of the borderless Europe project (admittedly, not without wrinkles).

History teaches that walls and fences are ineffective in shutting down the flow of illegal immigration. What works? Cooperative engagement between prosperous and liberal societies who require and enforce clear rules.

Buen Camino!


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We have many travel experiences planned for 2019 (see list here). These are organized on behalf of educational institutions or church groups. If you are a leader who is interested in crafting a unique travel opportunity for your organization or if you are an individual who would like to join a group, shoot me an email at markziese@gmail.com.