Category Archives: Andalusia

Venta Micena – Day 24/30

At one time, the frontier between Arab/Moorish al-Andalus and the Kingdom of Murcia ran close to Venta Micena. That explains the Arab watchtowers on some of the hills around here.

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Venta Micena – Day 23/30

Sometimes, people send a donation to support this fabulous, entertaining, helpful and inspiring blog. Any donation will be rewarded with a personal postcard. Because there is no post office in Venta Micena, I will even walk 7 km to the … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 22/30

One early morning, on the way to climb the Sierra de María, I saw this table-topped mountain. Tonight, it walked into the photo again. I jumped into the car to chase it down, managed to stop it near Velez Blanco, … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 21/30

The moonrise was more spectacular, and I have come to prefer sunrises over sunsets here, but I guess you also want to see some sunsets.

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Venta Micena – Day 20/30

In the countryside, we go to bed early and we rise early. The latter isn’t that hard when sunrises like this one expect you almost every day.

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Venta Micena – Day 19/30

When I spoke of people shooting at me, nobody believed me. So, I ventured outside again and took photos of the many bullet casings lying around. Also, I noticed someone following me with a drone. And then, most cunning of … Continue reading

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At the Cigar Shop – 50 Years later

I had gone to Huéscar for market day, thinking I might as well look for my favorite Spanish newspaper, El Pais. It would find it at the tobacco shop, I was told. As I entered the store, just around the … Continue reading

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Should I go to a bullfight?

Today in Huéscar, I saw this poster. I was a bit shocked because I didn’t know there were still bullfights. After all, Pope Pius V had already banned them in 1567. Since then, we call the Pope’s edicts “papal bulls”. … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 18/30

As you saw yesterday, the bar in Venta Micena is dry. So I had to walk ten kilometers to Orce to get something to drink. (Just because some of you had asked me to test the local swill.) Well, I … Continue reading

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Venta Micena – Day 17/30

Sadly, that bar ain’t never been open since I’ve been here.

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