90 – A Grubby Coat in Jerez

Lousy weather forecast for our trip to Jerez for the Formula One testing. Two thin jumpers plus my t-shirt from last year’s visit to el Circuito de Jerez. And the big warm cosy coat for good measure. A ten year old coat, but newish to me. Continue reading


89 – Getting High

The kind barman first reminded me I was in la provincia de Granada, so my preferred milky coffee was not un café nube but una leche manchada.  He then reminded me to take care driving the last 15 kilometres.  True, visibility was not great but it didn’t feel as though his warning was necessary.  That was at about 1200 metres. Continue reading

88 – Misunderstandings

Sigh.  I do love learning Spanish.  And it has taught me so much about English too – it has made me think about the words we use, and just what we mean by them.  Translating a thought or a sentence into Spanish challenges the English words we take for granted.  I love that Geoffrey Willans quote “You can never understand one language until you understand at least two.”  Which seems to say what I’m trying to say. Continue reading