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Hotel España – Lanjarón

The modern wallpaper covering a wall in the bar can’t hide that this building is much a part of Lanjarón’s history as its spa. As you step inside, a message greets you: ‘Desde 1917 en los muros del Hotel España se ha ido escribiendo una hermosa novela’  – roughly: since 1917 (on) the walls of Hotel Spain have been … Continue reading

The Hippy Mondays #2

Continuing the series honouring the alternative community here in Órgiva (thinned out a bit it seems, now the weather’s changed), here are two more videos. Last time it was a whole lot of blubbing over trees – this time it’s lots of dancing at Woodstock and in Goa. The second, very short clip is from London’s … Continue reading

Skies, dam, skies and stale biscuits

Walking across Rules dam (presa de Rules) in Andalucía is like being an ant scaling the back of an elephant; you feel pretty damn small. Surrounded by mountains, it’s quite a sight. Alone, it also feels like you’re part of a Hollywood film, standing in the howling wind waiting for a dodgy deal to be struck … Continue reading

Órgiva – Then and Now #9

Now you see it, now you don’t. The Guardia Civil headquarters in Órgiva, opened in 1948, was once surrounded by, well, not that much. Today, the Plaza Alpujarra stretches out in from of it, a car park to its right (near the site of the weekly market) and a bar to the left. Someone planted … Continue reading