All around are happy people, pink people, spotty dresses, and an ambience. An inexplicable ambience, of people with nothing to do but enjoy themselves. Continue reading
Twenty-five years ago I crawled out of a tent in the Sinai Desert at midnight, hoicked my rucksack onto my back, and followed our camels in the age-old pilgrimage from St Catherine’s Monastery to the summit of Mount Sinai. You climb it at night as it’s too hot during the day. Plus the main point of the pilgrimage is to be on the summit as dawn breaks, and the extraordinary colours appear to rush towards you as the sun rises and picks out the layers of mountain-ranges spread out before you. Continue reading
Of course it’s quite fun at first, isn’t it? Being “the foreigner”, having a bit of a laugh with neighbours about one’s bad Spanish, apologising all the time, and realising that the sentence you can speak most fluently is “I’m sorry I don’t understand.” But there comes a point when that simply isn’t good enough. Continue reading
You see the famous rock near Antequera from every direction. From the flat plains it juts up, suddenly and harshly. Known to the Spanish as la Peña de los Enamorados (the lovers’ rock) and to many as the Indian’s Head (or Charles de Gaulle rock) it is visible for miles, a way-marker for those travelling north-south between Córdoba and Málaga, or east-west between Granada and Sevilla. Continue reading
It’s hot. July and August in Spain – it’s hot. Seriously hot. 40°C is forecast for today.
So at around 6 or 7pm there’s nothing better than firing up the barbecue. Continue reading
Actually, wedding presents were completely and utterly banned. So it wasn’t a wedding present. It was just a random present for a lovely friend who happened to be getting married to another lovely friend. Continue reading
If there’d been a World Cup for sitting, Spain would have won it. It’s a daily activity and it is taken almost to an art form. The best thing about sitting, is the practising.
Every Andulcían pueblo has its old benches with the old guys sitting there. Busy doing nothing, but doing it in company. Continue reading