Paul Whitelock's View From The Mountains

Wir sprechen Deutsch in Montejaque!

I was spending my first Christmas in Montejaque. When we went out for a few drinks, we got a proper linguistic shock - everyone was speaking German!

“Rain, rain, go away… ”

Paul Whitelock contemplates the wet weather last winter and this, and the Spanish origins of the nursery rhyme "Rain, rain, go away...!"

Mantecado – a Spanish Christmas treat

One of the many traditional Christmas goodies in Spain is the mantecado, a type of shortbread biscuit

Fish for Christmas and no gifts?

Paul Whitelock checks out the Christmas scene in Spain in general and Andalucía in particular

Tropical fruits in Andalucía – Mmmm!

Paul Whitelock tucks into chirimoya, mango, kaki, níspero, papaya, guayaba and avocado

Log blog!

Time to get that log fire burning. But where to get good logs at a decent price? Paul Whitelock ponders the dilemma as his regular supplier gives up

Put a cork in it!

The Spanish cork industry is struggling as the demand for cork, particularly from the wine industry, has dropped dramatically. Can anything be done? Should we boycott wines which have plastic corks or screw tops?

Fear of flying?

Paul Whitelock tries to find cheap flights in and out of Spain from the low-cost airlines. And he discovers some of the pros and cons of using them

Paradise found – in Andalucia!

The other day I went to heaven, or, should I say, paradise on earth. A veritable Garden of Eden. Our good friend invited us to visit her finca in the mountains just outside Yunquera, halfway between Ronda and Málaga

Last Sunday in September

A typical autumn day for Paul Whitelock in Montejaque?

My God! What have we done?

Are you awake? Yep. Can’t sleep. Me neither. Are you thinking what I’m thinking? Probably... My God! What have we done?

Ben and Joan, Monty Jack and Big Ron

Three of the loveliest pueblos blancos of the Guadiaro valley in our part of Secret Andalucía are Montejaque, its neighbour Benaoján and the stunning jewel in the crown, Ronda. Whilst Big Ron can boast a wide range of amenities and is a great town, Monty Jack and Ben and Joan are quieter and slap bang in the middle of the most spectacular scenery you could wish to see

Bars galore in Andalucía!

Andalucía has more bars than any other region of Spain. But did you know that there are 53,046 of them down here in the south of the country? Overall Spain has over 300,000 bars and restaurants, which equates to approximately one bar for every 150 people. In our village here in the mountains there are 15 bars/restaurants for 1003 people – that’s one per 66.87 persons!

From North Devon to South Spain in six decades – Part Three

After three decades of regular visits to Spain, it got to the millennium and 25 years of married life

From North Devon to South Spain in six decades – Part Two

The first night in San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa,) where I had arrived at the age of 20 to start my year abroad from university, had been an orgy of cheap wine, pintxos and music by Santana. This had led to the worst hangover of my life.

From North Devon to South Spain in six decades – Part One

Well, it took nearly 60 years but I made it in the end! When I was born in 1950 I didn’t yet know that Spain was my destiny; when I was 17 I didn’t know that Spain was my destiny either. But by the age of 20, I knew.

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