What I Learned about Myself Spending 5 Hours in Morocco

(note, I first published this on my personal blog, over here, in which I am writing about my life in Spain, and all the whimsical things I’m into. History is only one of the many things about which I am passionate, and I don’t want to clog up this blog…

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Slice of Life in Spain: We have a Huerta

New development on life in Spain. This summer we will be working in our huerta (vegetable garden). Everyone in Spain seems to either have a garden or belong to a community garden. Our rental house has lots of land with olive trees, and there’s room for a big garden, and…

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Nerja Caves Should be on any Andalusian Itinerary

Today we drove two hours to Nerja, a sleepy town about 40 minutes north of Malaga.  Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn’t think about going there.  They have a pretty cool bridge, but it doesn’t have much on the bridge in Ronda, close to where I live, so it wouldn’t appeal…

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An American in Andalusia: A Legal Residency Saga

As most of you know, I currently live in Andalusia, in southern Spain.  What I’ve never really written that much about was the paperwork hoops we had to jump through in order to become legal residents.  If you are an American and you want to move to Spain, you will…

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Teba: A Spanish Castle with a Scottish History

A crumbling castle in rural Andalusia with a Scottish history?  And you can go wander around for free, and it only costs like €2 to get in to the building itself?  Say what? Yep, that’s the Castle of the Stars at Teba. Teba itself is a pueblo blanco (white village –…

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The Mystical Magical Lindisfarne

I had this idea that January would be a good time to journey to the wilds of Northumberland to commune with my internal monks and vikings in the magical Holy Island, Lindisfarne.  And I was right. Lindisfarne is a small island off the coast of Northumberland near Berwick upon Tweed,…

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A Week in London at Christmas with a Toddler

So I’ve been negligent in posting lately (I’m getting back on top of that – thanks for sticking with me).  I got back from a week in London with a 2 year old, which is no small feat, let me tell you.  And on top of it all, the first…

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Travels in Spain: Gaucín, My new Favorite Place

This past Saturday I discovered what might become my favorite place in Spain so far: Gaucín.  Gau-huh?  Yeah, you’ve probably never heard of it.  It’s a teeny tiny town of about 2,000 people in the mountains, all whitewashed, on the road from Ronda to Gibraltar, the A369.  Apparently it used to be…

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the Ronda Chronicles: Palacio de Mondragon

To be added to the “Things to Do in Ronda” series: yesterday we went to the Palace of Mondragon, which, according to legend, was the palace of the son of Morocco’s sultan.  The last Arab governor, before the fall of Ronda in 1485, also lived here.  It’s an amazing building,…

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7 Reasons to Visit Ely

Many people who are doing the tourist circuit of England hit Cambridge, but most will leave without journeying the 17 or so miles to visit the hidden gem that is Ely, just to the North.  It’s one stop I demanded be included on our Spring Cathedrals and Choirs tour for…

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