Hats, dogs, Tangier-arama & life in the black-and-white

I am coming to the end of my month-long travel stint. It's been a wild and interesting adventure: Edinburgh to Almeria, Almeria to San Jose, San Jose to Roquetas de Mar, Roquetas de Mar to Granada, Granada to Malaga, Malaga to Marseille, Marseille to Aix-en-Provence, Aix-en-Provence back to Marseille again. I saw the greasy, grimy … Continue reading Hats, dogs, Tangier-arama & life in the black-and-white

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Spanish flu or so it feels like

I am really ill. I have flu, a fever, weak limbs. Last night in my previous hotel in Granada, where I was for four nights - a horrible dated looking, small room, overpriced and with horrible scratchy brown blankets and no charm whatsoever, and I was projectile vomiting all over the bathroom. The bathroom in … Continue reading Spanish flu or so it feels like

Go south, my friend, go south

Why am I travelling? I don't want to be a tourist. I want to find answers. I want to talk to people. I want to understand things. I want to be Freya Stark.  Freya Stark went to the Middle East in the 1930s and wrote about her experiences. I want to go further than Spain, … Continue reading Go south, my friend, go south

The Alhambra of 19th century US travel writer Washington Irving

Washington Irving, US travel writer and dignitary of the early 19th century spent time living at the Alhambra Palace in Granada - where I am now - for a period, as the invited guest of the mayor of Granada of the time.  He had ridden from Sevilla to Granada, Spain on a donkey, along with … Continue reading The Alhambra of 19th century US travel writer Washington Irving