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Camino revisited

By Anita Hamilton

This is how Anita Hamilton described the pilgrimage across Spain that she and Stephan Kettmus undertook in 2015.

Ten years ago I walked the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain for the first time and it changed my life. Not only in terms of how I started to deal with all the possessions I had (downsizing big time) but also in that I met Stephan then as well. While there was no thought of “pairing up” at that time, somehow it did lead to a relationship a couple of years later and our marriage and my move to Germany five years ago. This year being an anniversary of sorts, we thought we’d walk the Camino again, only this time from south to north (the Camino de la Plata from Seville to Santiago de Compostella). Continue reading “Camino revisited”

The cultures of Orgiva

by Anthony Bushell

Orgiva lies nestled on the lower slopes of the great valleys of Las Alpujarras, which lead up to the southern slopes of the mighty Sierra Nevada mountain range. It is these snow-capped peaks one sees forming the backdrop to the Alhambra Palace in Granada in the classic photographed view of this, the greatest of all Islam’s architectural creations in Spain. Granada, along with Cordoba and Seville, constitutes the most visible cultural legacy of the centuries-long Moorish domination of Spain, but it was among the serpentine valleys of Las Alpujarras that the Moors clung to their very last toehold before their final expulsion in one of history’s earliest examples of ethnic cleansing. There is still some sense today of these valleys being a place of refuge or sanctuary where one might be able to build a new and different life from relatively little. Certainly, that is exactly why a good many outsiders from a vast number of nations have chosen to settle here. Continue reading “The cultures of Orgiva”

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