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Finding our food in a small Alpujarran village

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.

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The Surprising History of Júbar’s Church

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. 

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Walking to Ugíjar

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 …

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Castañas Asadas or Roasted Chestnuts

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 …

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Granadas (Pomegranates) in Granada Province ES

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 …

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Tranquil the Whole Day Through

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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1st Impressions: Mairena, an Alpujarran Pueblo

We’ve been in Mairena Spain for just over a week having arrived a few hours before the borders closed between the autonomous communities in yet another attempt to control the pandemic.  This tiny village has …

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Change Happens as We See the Next Step

It feels a bit liberating to have decided to put off “settling down” for a while.  We were so intent on finding a place to “live,” until a few weeks ago we never considered just going on a very slow, long journey. 

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“Start Where You Are Today”

First thing each morning Susan and I head out to the Royal Gardens.  A morning walk with exercise is our favorite activity of the day.  This morning, though, we were each feeling creaky and sore.  …

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The Importance of Small Pleasures

We resurfaced from the Covid-19 confinement of nearly two months with a renewed appreciation and soft spot in our hearts for the city parks of Valencia.  They represent our little “snippet” of nature until we …