As the first stage of our vagabond journey comes to a close, six months in a tiny village was an experience that generated ideas about how to spend our future.
We came to a small Alpujjaran village six months ago. Little did we realize how much walking we’d be doing or how beneficial all those walks were to be.
Our Spanish resident visa renewal was a doozy this time. It took nearly nine months to complete our second non-lucrative visa renewal.
Friends who know that Jamie and I are plant based eaters asked how we’re managing in Mairena, the tiny Alpujarran village where we’ve spent the last 5 months. Our answer is, “Surprisingly well!” This region of Spain grows about 50 percent of Europe’s produce making it plentiful and inexpensive for the local residents.
For the first time ever, Susan and I have our morning coffee in a room with a view. Sitting quietly, doing nothing.
What can this unassuming church in a tiny village tell us about village life centuries ago? Well, it turns out that sometimes the most unassuming location or building can tell you a lot if you only dig a little deeper.
When December rolls around it’s time to harvest olives destined to be pressed for their oil at the local olive mill.
I admire Alistair; he’s found his way to a fulfilling, gentle life. He doesn’t look forward with anticipation or backwards with regret.
Every morning while Susan and I are sipping coffee and waiting for sunrise, the street lights of the white villages beckon us from the coastal mountain range across the valley. The largest village, in the …
We’re all familiar with the December classic that begins, “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” Funny thing, I didn’t know the song is titled “The Christmas Song,” neither did I realize that roasting chestnuts was …
Pomegranate season is officially over in the Alpujarra. When we arrived in late October we had only a couple of weeks to get our fill of these extraordinary fruits. Most of the beautiful fall foliage …
Our casita here in Mairena has a south facing terrace. It’s a pleasant place. I especially enjoy watching as clouds across the valley arise, linger for a while, and then fade. The quiet spectacle always …
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