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jerez getaway

July 22, 2014

jerez getaway
So what went from thinking of spending a few days in Granada yesterday somehow morphed into this very impromptu Jerez getaway today. Two nights, three days, all thrown together in less than a few hours. A couple of bodegas have been booked, along with what I hope is a nice hotel, and so off I go mañana. Peter is coming with me and will stay over the first night. Second night he’ll go home to check on the cats (it’s just an hour by train) and will come back early Friday morning. Then we’ll both come home Friday evening. I’m probably being over-protective but it’s hard enough leaving the beasts overnight. Somehow I’d be fine leaving Luna and Loki for two nights, but I worry about Morcilla. Too much, I know. Well. We’ll see how it goes. If I’m feeling more relaxed about this on Thursday evening then maybe Peter won’t go back to check on them.

Meanwhile, it’s going to be three days of sherry research and spending some quality time in Jerez when it isn’t Feria. Looking forward to it!

day trip to ikea

July 21, 2014

cold beer ikea

The last time I was in IKEA was in October 2012 when I bought this lovely bed, which then turned into a total IKEA nightmare, that was finally resolved a month later when they sent two guys over to re-install the bed. But today I felt the urge to head out to Castilleja de la Cuesta (Sevilla suburb and home to IKEA) to look for some very IKEA looking light fixtures I’d seen – and liked – when I was staying at Casa de Huéspedes last November. In the end I didn’t find the light fixtures I was looking for, but ended up with some new cushions and also replacement curtains required because of you-know-who… and also a bit of this and that. Half-way through the IKEA ordeal Peter and I stopped for the usual summer Cold Beer O’clock break, this time with (actually very good) sour cream & onion crisps, before heading back into the fray.  Best part was at the check-out – something almost nobody ever says – when I found out that one of the IKEA cards I’d brought along (had no idea what they were) turned out to be a “gift card” with a balance of 30€! So woo-hoo! My shopping trip ended up costing half as much as expected. So not a bad Monday. How was yours?

sunday song – rock & roll hootchie koo

July 20, 2014


Adiós Johnny…

Rolling Stone: Johnny Winter, Texas Blues Guitar Icon, Dead at 70

azahar is 5 on tumblr

July 19, 2014

tumblrazahar on tumblr

Most of the time I forget I have a tumblr account, and in fact I don’t think I even started connecting to it until I got on Instagram. This blog is also connected to it. So in a way it’s just a “copy” of what goes on on those two accounts, which sometimes repeat. But it’s all done automatically, which is why I forget it’s there. I think my favourite thing about Tumblr is clicking on “archives” and getting this… azahar’s archives. Kind of a nice monthly photo album of my life.

friday foto finder – arch

July 18, 2014

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This week’s Friday Foto Finder challenge is “arch”

Prettily painted arches in the Plaza del Cabildo in Sevilla.

Check out what other Friday Foto Finders are posting over here!

being a tourist at home

July 17, 2014

holidays 2014 (3)water cascading into Mercury’s pool at the Alcázar Palace

Spent a lovely morning re-visiting the Alcázar Royal Palace and the Cathedral – including climbing up the Giralda tower, which I haven’t done for years – and it was great. Those two very cold beers below (served in Riedel glasses!) was the reward, much needed with 40º temps. Expect more “postcards”…

holidays 2014 (2)the bells! at the top of the Giralda tower

holidays 2014 2fabulous patterns and colours at the Alcázar Palace

holidays 2014 (4)ice cold beer in Riedel glasses at La Azotea

on holiday!

July 16, 2014

on holidayIt suddenly occurred to me around 9 pm last night that I am ON HOLIDAY!

This doesn’t mean that I’m not working as much as always, just that there are fewer tapas tours this month and that I have also made plans to travel here and there in Andalucía doing research for my new trip planning biz. So how does this qualify as being ON HOLIDAY you ask? Well, the main difference is not feeling any pressure to have to be anywhere or do anything at any particular moment. So I can just get up in the morning and deal with new things as they come up, go to the gym or takes walks whenever I want, and also comfortably get on with updating website stuff…  at my leisure. Just writing this makes me want to stretch like a cat.

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