Category Archives: Culture

There seems to be something missing

Its ever shifting shape has been an icon of the Barcelona skyline for more than 100 years, the fantastical spires of Antoni Gaudí’s most elaborate dream twisting up towards the heavens. But as the Sagrada Familia cathedral finally nears its … Continue reading

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Village life, do’s and don’ts

Here in Andalusia – also probably in the rest of Spain – in small towns, such as Alcalá some things work a little differently, including customs and social norms. Indeed, Spanish villages have their own code of unwritten laws that … Continue reading

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San Roque, a nice story

Over the years you come to know more about the area you live in, but sometimes it is a guest that tells you something you weren’t aware of. When, earlier this week, I saw the announcement of the annual Feria … Continue reading

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Alcalá is not in Catalonia

Is the typical Spanish daily schedule about to change forever? For decades, campaigners in the country have complained that the average Spaniard’s habit of keeping extremely late hours and taking delightfully long lunch breaks was making everyday life harder for … Continue reading

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Barbaric

After having lived here for quite some years now, I have gotten use to most of the things in which Spain differs from, let’s say, North Western Europe. However how they deal with their animals is NOT one of them. … Continue reading

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Starck to add something new to Ronda

Ronda has much to offer, the regulars amongst you have been able to read here (and at many other sites) a lot about that. Its typical Andalusian atmosphere and numerous sightseeing possibilities attract hundreds of thousands of tourists every year. … Continue reading

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Orange trees, and certainly not Dutch

In the Sierras around here you see many of them:  oaks that are half way orange and look somehow artificial. These are Corks Oaks.  Between June 15 and August 15 any summer -you might catch a glimpse of the most … Continue reading

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