Following Suit

playing cardsIn the hamlet of Mondrón, Málaga, abuelos gather after lunch in the only bar in town to play Mus, the most popular card game in Spain. It’s played with a Spanish deck, which has 40 cards without eights, nines, tens or jokers (or no aces, it’s hard to say)–plus the cards themselves look like Continue Reading →

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Looking Smoking

cristianosIn Alcoy, in the province of Alicante, Spain, the most important day of the year is the festival of the Moros y Cristianos. Everyone wants to be a moro because the costumes are more outrageous but there has to be some Christians, too, since after all what they’re celebrating is the Reconquist of moorish Spain. So, for those who have to parade as Christians, some artistic license is allowed (as in the ones in the above photo). Photo ©Mike Randolph

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Chapeau

truffle-sarrion-teruel-spainAt 600 euros per kilo, the biggest black truffles at the annual truffle fair in Sarrión earn the respect of hungry onlookers. While tasting them is expensive, smelling them is free, and if you ask me, the best thing about truffles. The tiny town of Sarrión, in Teruel, Aragón, has been known for its truffles for decades, though mostly to the French, who, say locals, Continue Reading →

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