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Alegría in Spain

Is there anything as red as the red of a poppy? I don’t think so. Here are some of my favourite poppy images from years past. Springtime in Spain is a splash of vivid colour, a welcome touch of alegría

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Spain, Indoors

I believe that positivity–or negativity, for that matter–is a choice. I think. Maybe, who knows. But I like to believe that it’s a choice because it feels positive to think that, so I guess it must be true then, right? It puts me in mind of a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn, which I heard from a friend a while ago. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

So, not being able to go outside to take pictures, I took pictures inside. I wasn’t going to post them but after mentioning it to a friend, he asked to see them. He was so positive and supportive and he also said they inspired him to take his camera into his garden and he spent an enjoyable, relaxing hour or so being creative.

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Spain, Despacito

The day’s catch is auctioned off at the fishing port in Jávea.

Have you heard of slow radio? Last year, BBC Radio 3 started a programme designed as “an antidote to today’s frenzied world.” I think it’s a great idea. The pace is slow and relaxing, and that’s a welcome change.

Today, I’m launching a new podcast series that I’m calling Hablando con Españoles. In my travels around Spain, looking for story ideas or working on assignment, I often run into people that I wouldn’t have the chance to talk with if it weren’t for the fact I was wearing my reporter’s hat. A fisherman, a shepherd, an avocado farmer. They’re unedited and unscripted and sometimes wander all over the place, as in, you know, a real conversation! Not quite slow radio, but pretty chilled out.

I was going to put them into a whole new podcast because they are, by necessity, in Spanish. But I know that many of you speak Spanish, so while I’m trying them out, I thought I’d include them here. For the rest of you, just so you know, I will continue to do English podcasts as well as more of my binaural soundscapes.

While on the subject of slowing down, I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Ben Curtis, who you probably know from his blog and podcast that teaches people how to speak Spanish like a Spaniard. Ben’s also got a new podcast out and it is fantastic. In Being Happiness, Ben talks about the stresses of modern life and how to approach them to live a happy life. There’s a lot of wisdom there, and you might just be inspired (and happier), so check it out.

I hope you enjoy the first instalment of Hablando con Españoles. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and if you feel like giving me a little support, leaving a comment on Apple Podcasts would be very much appreciated. Thank you.

 
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Remembering La Alberca (the audio post)

A long time ago, my uncle Miguel and aunt Ilse in La Alberca.

A while ago I published an essay about returning, after 25 years, to La Alberca, a village in the western end of Castilla y León. It seemed quite popular with readers, so I decided to do an audio version of it, since there are probably many subscribers to my podcast who might not come to the blog. I’m also dabbling with a new keyboard I bought recently. So this is the first time I’ve ever added my own music to an episode. Let me know what you think. Thanks for listening.

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