Category Archives: spain

Ordering on the menu

I’m visiting my parents again. My dad is in a long queue for a new knee on the Spanish national health service, so after my conference I trotted a couple of hundred kilometres down the coast to boost his spirits … Continue reading

Posted in body, experience, food, holiday, location, occupation, person, privilege, society, spain, surprise, tourism | Leave a comment

The long hair of youth: how unique and quintessential it is!

Last weekend, as an excuse to make the journey, I cycled in the sun to the nearby tip and back carrying K’s ancient laptop. It was the sort of morning, with radiant solar power offset by cooling winds, that makes … Continue reading

Posted in cars, cliques, councils, cycles, enmity, entertainment, environment, establishment, experience, gender, kaputt, location, made_our_own_fun, overheard, patriarchy, person, privilege, safety, society, south_oxon, spain, technology, tourism, transport | 2 Comments

Postscraps

A few days ago, we went to a Spanish café/restaurant that we’ve been to several times before, and I ordered the same goat’s cheese salad I ordered before. I checked the menu—again—to make sure they hadn’t sneaked any meat into … Continue reading

Posted in body, commerce, consumption, diary, experience, food, location, person, society, spain, tourism | 2 Comments

[Witty title goes hair]

It was only a couple of days ago that I learned about Bob Flowerdew’s hair. I’ll never listen to GQT the same way again. Not that, er, I ever did listen to it in the first place. Speaking of which, … Continue reading

Posted in body, france, here, identity, location, person, politics, right, society, spain, tourism | Leave a comment

What would Morrissey say?

Spain, I love you. But when it comes to any kind of vegetarian food, you drive me crazy. Even my one-time Spanish housemate – a vegetarian herself – declared that if she hadn’t been brought up in the heart of … Continue reading

Posted in body, cultural, experience, food, holiday, location, occupation, opinion, person, rants, society, spain, tourism | 1 Comment

Wherever I lay my hat: there’s my hat

Well, despite this warning I was still rather hoping to write at least one or two things here, but that clearly didn’t happen. In the end, Mum asked us to come over after her operation – her first operation, as … Continue reading

Posted in emotions, family, fear, health, hope, illnesses, location, love, person, public, service, spain, tourism, trains, transport, understanding | Leave a comment

Service outages in the coming months

How much and how often I write here for the next few weeks will be entirely out of my control. This is because a couple of weeks ago my mother was diagnosed with early breast cancer. On Tuesday she will … Continue reading

Posted in age, anger, diary, experience, fear, health, holiday, hope, illnesses, location, meta, occupation, person, service, spain, tourism | 3 Comments

The smoke in Spain pools mainly like a stain

Since Spain introduced a partial smoking ban back in 2006, smokers and their enablers had clearly spent time finding their way round it. Since the last time I was over there, smoking had wormed its way back into bars and … Continue reading

Posted in buildings, cliques, crime, enmity, entertainment, health, illnesses, infirmity, journalism, location, made_our_own_fun, morality, people, person, privilege, responsibility, society, spain, tourism | 1 Comment

To travel hopefully

We made it to my parents’ house for Christmas. We shouldn’t have. We should have got stuck at any number of stages on our journey—as West Oxfordshire shut down, then Oxford train station, then St Pancras, then Calais, Cherbourg, St … Continue reading

Posted in anniversaries, body, drink, environment, far_away, france, friends, health, illnesses, location, love, loyalty, person, public, roads, services, society, spain, time, tourism, trains, transport, travel, understanding, weather | 1 Comment

Smoothie journey through Barcelona

Barcelona, being a big city, is utterly unlike the surrounding countryside. The food is fantastic, with a lot of vegetarian options. As with many European cities, eastern influences have actually improved the range of non-meaty food available, and among the … Continue reading

Posted in body, commerce, consumers, food, location, person, public, society, spain, tourism, trains, transport, travel | Leave a comment