Christmas blog in late February, sorry about that. This sentence has changed several times since I started writing this piece from late January to early and mid February. Let’s see if I can get it done by the end of the week. I’ve been busy. There are, surprisingly for some, still people who have a … More 153 – Is There Life on Mars?
Sorry folks, I am a little behind with the blog, as I still need to work my way out of 2020. Pretty much same as all of us, I’m afraid, as nothing suggests things may get significantly closer to normal any time soon. Speaking of which, my mysterious fellow melomaniac neighbour doesn’t seem too convinced … More 152 – Patones de Arriba
In most countries, “a bridge” refers to any type of construction that connects two points over an obstacle. In Spanish, Italian and possibly other mediterranean languages it also means a situation where a bank holiday falls close to the weekend, so you “bridge” the day in between, when you’d normally work. This concept is unknown … More 151 – El Puente
A throwback post to the last warm autumn days before the snow started to fall. Don’t imagine a Siberian winter, although the shut passes in the mountains last weekend may suggest just that. The problem is not the light sprinkle on the peaks of Sierra de Guadarrama, but the car-owning Madrileños who all had the … More 150 – Autumn Magic
As this weird year is coming to its end, I find myself in a confined region with over 20 days of holidays (that I need to take before the end of January) and nowhere to go. So I have been taking the odd day off, depending on the weather forecast. I treat my holidays the … More 149 – Social(ly) Distancing
Flashback to the last weekend of September, before Madrid was “confined”. Which in reality never happened, unless you count the two weeks of confinement of the working class neighbourhoods (a wicked masterplan conjured by Madrid’s local establishment), and intermittent peripheral confinement imposed by the central Government, when the rest of the city could not leave … More 148 – Hiking La Pedriza
Disclaimer 1: If you are here just to read about the hike, scroll down. Disclaimer 2: Don’t get your hopes too high. This is not a recount of any same sex sexual experience, that may or may not have happened. The title is not meant literally. Besides, I only ever use that word when talking … More 147 – The C-word
The last chapter of my stay in León will recount some additional activities one can enjoy in this beautiful region apart from those covered in my previous posts. There will be no incendiary content this time. Probably. Unless some sudden change of heart occurs later in the writing process. Not that there is a shortage … More 146 – Who Cares?
In this slightly late guide to eastern León, we have already covered some roadtrips (here and here), some easy hikes (and here) and some cycling. Now it’s time to talk about some proper hiking. While popular (and generally easier) trails are often very well signposted, tackling the more demanding peaks requires some orientation skills or … More 145 – Ain’t No Mountain High Enough
As I finally managed to bring myself to tackle my tiny writer’s block, I am sitting at my bureau in my perfectly designed little apartment and contemplating the only thing about it don’t like: the view. I love my place. I probably pay too much for what it is, I could most likely find something … More 143 – Dove corrono, dolcissime, le mie malinconie…