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    Spain

    The shame counter

    It’s 10 degrees outside. It’s cold. It’s wet. The wind is blowing and the rain is puddling. Last week, it was snowing. And I was

    Cemeteries

    The kiss of death

    The origins of words and phrases are as fascinating as the words themselves. Some say the term the kiss of death grew from Mafia lore

    Spain

    Where’s Gaudí gone?

    Mention Barcelona and the first person to come to mind, if you’re not a football fan, is most likely Antoni Gaudí. Any fridge magnet collection

    Markets

    Market mecca

    Barcelona is a veritable mecca for shoppers. The city is big on leather, big on recycling, and big on style. It more than makes up

    The separation of person and passport

    My greatest fear, as a traveller, was realised last week. For years, I’ve broken out in a cold sweat when hotel receptionists ask me for

    Spanish humour

    When I don’t have anyone to talk to, except myself, and having nothing good to read either, I tend to eavesdrop on other people’s conversations. 

    Selling body parts on the steps of the Basilica

    Saturday in Las Palmas was spent trying to find a pub that was showing the Ireland/Wales match. The first Irish pub I found looked as

    2013 Grateful 48

    A while back, taking  a rare full day off when in Malta, I tried my damndest to relax. I went down to the pool and

    Built for the sun

    If ever a city was built for the sun, Las Palmas was. The locals will tell you that it only rains 10 days a year

    It’s all about the emphasis

    Isn’t it odd how, when for all your reasoning life, you’ve heard a word pronounced in one way, and then you hear it, from a

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