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Find your way around the Feria

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2934" align="aligncenter" width="494" caption="A group of feriantes at the Feria de Abril, Sevilla."][/caption] Tonight, at the stroke of midnight, this year's Feria de Abril kicks off officially, when the lights on the Portada (entrance arch) are switched on - the alumbrao. For those who have never been, but would like to ...

Seville and Malaga: the star performers

Monday, January 30th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4949" align="aligncenter" width="189" caption="The Giraldilla, one of Seville's most important symbols. She is normally seen atop the Giralda, the cathedral's minaret-tower."][/caption] Late last year, I did a post about Seville's positive tourism figures - airports and hotels were seeing record numbers of visitors. It goes without saying (but I'll say ...

Here come the Reyes….

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4638" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Cartera Real, precursor to the Reyes Magos, in their donkey-drawn carriage."][/caption] At this very moment, small children all over Spain are excitedly awaiting a glimpse of the Reyes Magos, the Three Kings (or Wise Men) who, according to Spanish tradition, bring children's presents tonight. Depending on the ...

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I hope you are all having/have had a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family, full of good cheer, good food and plenty of liquid refreshment (mine was). Tomorrow is Nochevieja (Old night), New Year's Eve, when Spanish families get together for a big feast, rounded off on the stroke of ...

Picture post

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

I haven't done a photo post on this blog for some time now. So here's an interactive post for you: seven photos, one from each of all the provinces in Andalucia except Jaen, which I'm ashamed to admit I've never visited in my eight years of living here. See if ...

Beach life

Monday, February 28th, 2011

This bank holiday weekend we're having fantastic weather here in Andalucia. It's unusually warm and sunny for the end of February - today is Dia de Andalucia. Which means that it's perfect weather for heading to the beach for the day. One of the great things about living in Andalucia ...

Vuelta al cole

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Hello, I'm back in Spain now, and melting like every one else. Thanks very much to Sarah for her excellent blogs over the past month while I was away. She wrote about exactly the sort of interesting topics which it's easy to overlook when you've been here for a while, ...

Life’s a Beach

Monday, August 30th, 2010

When you think of Spain, what comes to mind - sun, sea, sand, paella, bulls, tapas? Something that I will add to that list from now on is chiringuito (beach bar). They’re everywhere on the coast and my week wouldn’t be the same without a visit to one. I’ve often ...

How the wind doth blow

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Soon after my arrival in Andalucia, I became aware of the huge popularity of water sports in the area, especially in the South West of Andalucia on the Cadiz coastline. Tarifa in particular boasts one of the best kite surfing locations in the world and it is popular not only ...

What (not) to wear at the beach

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Imagine the scene: it’s Sunday, and every Spaniard - no matter whether or not they have their own pool, private or shared - heads to the beach. Dominguero is the word used to describe these Sunday daytrippers, who take along everything from their homes apart from the kitchen sink, or ...