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The best tapas to try in Spain

One of my favourite things about Spain is the food – fresh ingredients, often straight from the sea, simply cooked. Eating at tapas bars allows you to try lots of small dishes with the premise that if you like it, you can order more but if you don’t then, not to worry, you can move […]

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On my travels

Backpacking before the internet

At the risk of sounding like an old fogey (although I have just turned 50 so I do feel slightly entitled to a certain level of grumpiness!) I can’t help feeling that young people today have got it easy when it comes to seeing the world. My first backpacking experience was in the summer of […]

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On my doorstep

Top ten things to do in Gibraltar

This site contains affiliate links to products. I may receive a commission for purchases made through these links. Think of Gibraltar and it’s likely that two things spring immediately to mind. However, there’s so much more to this small British Overseas Territory than just the Rock and its most famous inhabitants, the Barbary Macaques. So […]

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Reaching the summit of Los Reales de Sierra Bermeja

If you’re holidaying in or around Estepona you can’t miss the Sierra Bermeja mountain as it dominates the landscape behind the town. At just under 1,500 metres high it’s only 10km from the sea so makes an ideal day trip from the beach. I’ve been wanting to reach the summit for a while now (I […]

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Running the Sherry Marathon in Jerez de la Frontera

I have a well-documented love/hate relationship with running and, although I’ve run both the London and New York marathons in my time, these days I tend to stick to half marathons. In fact, that should be singular as, other than the Great North Run each year, I tend towards couch potato-ness. However, when I first […]

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A day trip to Mijas Pueblo

Mijas Pueblo is a typical Andalucian white town (pueblo blanco) and makes a lovely daytrip from the coast being easily accessible from the A7 and less than 10km from Fuengirola. The most famous inhabitants of Mijas Pueblo are the donkeys which, in their capacity as burro taxis, have their own special parking area in Plaza […]

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Living in Spain

Five key ingredients for a successful job search overseas

If you’re toying with the idea of moving abroad for your career there are a few things to think about over and above the normal considerations. Are you actually entitled to work in your country of choice? Some countries are easier to work in than others so do your research into working visas carefully. Are […]

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Not skiing in the Sierra Nevada

While friends and family in the UK have been shivering under a blanket of snow, we’ve had to go actively seeking the white stuff so took a whistle-stop trip to the snowfields of the Sierra Nevada. The Sierra Nevada is home to Europe’s most southerly ski resort. Less than 30 kms from Granada, the resort […]

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Climbing the Mediterranean Steps to the top of the Rock

If you want to get to Upper Rock Nature Reserve in Gibraltar there are a few options including the Cable Car (the easiest!), via Castle Steps that are accessed from Main Street near the Post Office (fairly easy and which come out by the Moorish Castle), or the Mediterranean Steps (definitely not for the faint hearted!). […]

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Things to see, do and eat in Cadiz

Since I watched Rick Stein’s Long Weekend in Cadiz on TV about a year ago I’d wanted to pay it a visit. At the time of watching, I wasn’t even living in Spain so mentally filed it away for a future holiday destination. Fast forward ten months and not only was I living in Andalucia […]