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Archive for February, 2011

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 ...

Drink away your sins

Thursday, February 24th, 2011

We're just coming up to the first puente of the year here in Andalucia - for Dia de Andalucia, this Monday - which is a three-day bank holiday, although many children also have tomorrow off school, giving a four-day break, almost like a shorter version of the English half-term. It's ...

Jewish revival in Seville

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Any visitor to Andalucia - and even more so anyone who lives here, or who has spent any amount of time here – will be aware of the region’s rich multicultural past. Christians, Jews and Muslims all co-existed during the Moorish era, 700-1492, with the Jewish community being one of ...

Olives and millstones

Thursday, February 17th, 2011

One of the must-have ingredients in Andalucian cuisine is olive oil. And not just for cooking, either. I've been told to use it for stretch marks (bit messy), children's constipation (prefer orange juice, that way they get vitamin C too). I usually buy mine from a local producer, El Molino ...

On your bike!

Monday, February 14th, 2011

When you live in a city, you begin to feel some kind of ownership over, and loyalty to it, as I've mentioned before on this blog. You rejoice when it triumphs, and feel downheartened when it has a bad day. In my last blog post, I wrote about Malaga's next ...

Malaga in mode

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

If you’ve ever been to the Costa del Sol for a beach holiday, you'll have been to Malaga, even if only to the airport. But what used to be simply a gateway city, glimpsed from the windows of your taxi, hire car or shuttle bus on your way to the ...

Nuns with a web

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

POST BY GUEST BLOGGER CATHERINE CUNNINGHAM A night in a convent for only 15 euros The Monasterio Santa María del Monte Carmelo is perched on a hill outside Estepona; its accommodation is basic and clean, with a shared bathroom, communal kitchen, lounge and ample parking. The Mother Superior and sisters Gracie ...

All change in the Catholic church?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

If you've ever been in Sevilla for Semana Santa , you'll know that it's a pretty extraordinary experience: life-size Mary and Jesus statues being carried slowly, wobblingly slightly as they go, along packed streets, preceded by hooded, robed figures, accompanied by mournful music, and watched adoringly by hordes of the ...

Castanets in the classroom

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

In the midst of mounting uncertainty in north Africa and the Middle East, with Egypt facing civil unrest/near-revolution, as well as continued economic hardship here in Andalucia (nearly a million unemployed, with 350,000 households now having all members out of work; 43% of under-25s in Spain are parado), I thought ...