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Archive for December, 2011

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 ...

A (light-hearted) look back at 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

As this is my last proper blog post of 2011 - I will be wishing you a happy new year next week, but other than that I get a (well-earned) break between Christmas and New Year - I thought it would be a good chance to take a look back ...

Survivors – call of the wild

Monday, December 19th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4538" align="aligncenter" width="244" caption="A wooden lynx sculpture - you'd never get this close up in person; note the tufty ears."][/caption] Leaving aside the human disasters of Andalucia for today's post, let's look at a fascinating, positive and potentially very exciting story about the region's fauna. One of the most endangered felines ...

How the other half lives

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Salvados interview with Cayetano Martinez de Irujo. The Spanish generally enjoy a good relationship with their aristocracy - they tolerate their picadilloes and foibles, discussing them in animated chat shows, poring over them in the prensa rosa, and treating them like a live telenovella (soap opera) created for their own ...

New toll on Algarve motorway A22

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Today is the first day for the new toll on the A22 road in Portugal. This is the continuation of the Sevilla-Huelva motorway, the A49, after it crosses the bridge over the river Guadiamar after Ayamonte, and carries on into the Algarve. Many residents of western Andalucia are up in arms, ...

Five-star Sevilla

Monday, December 5th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4482" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Feria de Abril, one of Seville's most important annnual events, and a big draw for visitors."][/caption] Last week a survey published by travel review website Qype, which analysed 10,000 reports and reviews from users in 12 countries, awarded Seville five stars, its maximum rating. The website ...

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 ...