Category Archives: Spain

Spain – The meaning of Mañana

First Mañanas After agreeing to pick me up at ten o’clock, the last words Ricardo said to me was ‘hasta mañana.’ He grinned. In my innocence, I thought I understood, being one of the words Spanish has given to the … Continue reading

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Spain; In The Beginning There Was A Letter, Then There was Passion.

Spain; In The Beginning There Was A Letter, Then There was Passion..

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As If But Only (bilingual)

Penetrating, disturbing noise, An impossible impregnable jungle. Entwining, strangling, Guttural, grating, Confusing and cutting Creepingly slow – almost silently Emerging separating – A single sound A spoken word, even an uttered phrase. An opening – a sense of feeling. Absorbing … Continue reading

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Fish; From the North Sea to the Mediterranean

In the beginning I love fish; having been brought up on choice Scottish haddock that is no surprise. It remains my favourite fish, loving how it flakes, each bite a wave of flavour declaring its origin. Like all quality produce, … Continue reading

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Spain; From Tapas to Pinchos.

My first summer job in Spain was in Logroño, capital of the Rioja wine region. I had left a blistering Madrid for the cooler north where I was met by my next boss, Alicia, at the train station. I was … Continue reading

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Spain; First Piece of Paper and First Paella

With the timetables glitches resolved and settling into routine, the school gave us time off to start what was to become the first of very, very many paper trails: another Spanish Life Art form. You have to go in person, … Continue reading

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Spain – Conflict, Culture and Consideration.

Shell-shocked and in state of bus lag, I was driven back to Madrid and Ricardo dumped me at Rosa and Manuel’s then invited me to lunch at the weekend. ‘When am I to move into the flat?’ ‘The landlady ees … Continue reading

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