Pablo de Ronda first went to Spain in 1970, aged 20. Now, 53 years later, he has been living in Spain, in Andalucía, for the last 15 years. In the intervening years he has visited most parts of the country. Here he writes about the places that are special to him.
Pablo de Ronda had been to Seville four times and never really took to the place, even though it’s the capital of Andalucía and the fourth largest city in Spain after Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia. Seville was always too hot, too busy and too expensive.
7 - 0 was the score over several centuries in the battle between Moors and Christians in the hilltop village of Setenil de las Bodegas in Cadiz province. Indeed, the name Setenil is derived from this scoreline: siete – nulo.
In over four decades Paul Whitelock has had the good fortune to have been invited to four weddings on Spanish territory, ranging from the Basque country to the Canary Islands to Andalucía. The last was in 2011. Here he describes that happy event and the sadness that was to follow and he reminisces about the other three…
Not a sequel to the famous film starring Hugh Grant and Andie MacDowell, but simply a reflection on my experience in 2023 when I have attended four funerals. RIP Antonio, Heather, Guy and Jesper.
Paul Whitelock has lived in Andalucía for 15 years. He’s been coming to the region since the year 2000 and has visited throughout. When it comes to the cities of this heavily Arab-influenced area the three he likes best are Ronda, Cádiz and Córdoba.
Pablo de Ronda has visited Extremadura twice – once about 20 years ago and again in 2023. In Part 1 he described his first visit in 2002. In Part 2 he covers the 5-day visit he and his wife Rita completed last autumn.
In October 2021 Paul and Rita Whitelock went to Madrid to buy a second-hand car. They decided to turn this "shopping trip" into a three-night mini-break. They went by train and came back in the "new" car. Here's the story.
Perhaps because of my background in foreign languages, I developed a real wanderlust from my late teens onwards. As a result, over the course of half a century I've clocked up a surprising number of capitals, thirty-four, in fact.