Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Andalucia


Being a bit of twenty first century gypsy I get itchy feet staying in one place for too long.  Sometimes I decide to go travelling on a whim so I have fled the cold in England and am back in Andalucia for a short while.

This is a place which feels very much like a home away from home.  I recognise the smell of the winter here as soon as it hits my nostrils and the dense humidity enters my lungs.  I recognise the distinctive tunes sung by the church bells in each neighbourhood.  Here I arrive and there are friends waiting to greet me and a place for me to stay.  I navigate the streets like a native even though I might not remember their names.  I know which bar does the best and cheapest tapas, where the cola de toro stew melts in your mouth, where the waiters will top my glass up with Rioja while only charging me for one as well as invite me to a shot of limoncello after I've eaten.  I know where I can have a quiet coffee and read the paper before my first flamenco class.  I know which tailor to take my costumes to be adjusted, which shoemaker will mend my flamenco shoes, the cheapest studios to hire for rehearsing and the classes in which the flamenco teachers greet me like an old friend returning.

Sometimes my flamenco life just takes over.  If you think blogging can become an obsession it is a pale shadow compared to flamenco and having this home away from home has opened up my world in ways I would never have imagined.

Where is your home away from home?

20 comments:

  1. What gorgeous pictures and descriptions. I need to visit. I don't know that I have a home away from home. I don't even know that I have a home, I always feel part stranger wherever I am x

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  2. What an amazing place! I so want to go!!! ~Serene

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  3. How beautiful!!! Oh, I really need to get my butt in gear and travel overseas! I have never been on the other side of the pond before!

    I don't know if this would qualify as a home away from home (because it's where I'm originally from) but its NYC. I left when I was 15 but everytime I go back, no matter how long it's been in-between visits, I'm never a stranger! I truly feel in my element, absolutely comfortable, and instantly invigorated. I love how it reminds me of how far I've come in life and will always be my home! :)

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  4. San Francisco. And I hope it will always be that way. Good friends and belly dancers, and cold in the middle of summer when my home is unbearable.

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  5. Oh I love Andalucia - though I've never been in winter - it's beautiful and the Rioja's not bad! I suppose New York is my home from home. My brother's lived there for years and so when I visit, I feel like a local.

    Enjoy the flamenco dancing!

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  6. I wish I could flee the cold of the upper midwestern US and go to my home away from home, which is Madrid. I lived there for two years, and I have so many friends and places there. I miss it horribly.

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  7. i am very envious, just in time to miss the second cold snap! My home away from home is Brunei. We moved there when i was 18 months old and my family lived out there for 28 years, i miss going 'home' to Brunei for long holidays. The way you describe how you feel about Andalucia is exactly how i feel about Brunei.

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  8. Funny enough to me it is England.
    I was born and bread in Andalucía, and I couldn´t live nowhere else in the world. Here we live to enjoy life, as you well know. But England is embeded deep into my heart.
    Estamos muy cerquita, así es que mi abrazo te llegará antes!!!
    Habrás oído lo de la muerte de Morente.
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  9. Great shots...I love reading about far-flung places I could only wish to visit one day!

    I suppose Cronulla, Sydney is my home away from home. It's the only place other than my hometown that I've lived in and (kind of) know my way around.


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  10. Cool pictures. Nice to be able to go to another place. That's not so easy for me to do but I would have to say that my home away from home was my grandmothers house in Missouri. She is not with me anymore but I always felt like home when I was in her presence.

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  11. I'm so glad you've managed such a colorful and much warmer escape! You deserve it. Thank you for sharing some glimpses of the color!

    I think my only real home away from home is the family homestead in Michigan. Sometimes, when I've toted childhood books and long-forgotten clothes back to Wisconsin, I just inhale their scent for long minutes because they've absorbed the familiar old aroma of the Michigan house, which is different from that of my Wisconsin house.

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  12. Montana would be my home away from home. It's top secret though. :)

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  13. Gorgeous! The array of colors for hair ornaments.... It nearly makes me want to toss out my black-and-white Ilford film and pick up some Velvia.

    My home away from home would be behind the viewfinder of my Hasselblad. The fluid exchange between the camera and my hand is my version of certitude and serenity.

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  14. Lucky you! I've always wanted to go. There's something very romantic about Spain, especially that part of it.

    You must be having such a good time!

    My home away from home? Austin, TX.

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  15. your photos are beautiful. andalucia appears so colorful, romantic and richly textured.

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  16. So vibrant and colorful! It's like a feast for my winter weary eyes! :) have a great time in Andalucia!

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  17. Great pictures, reminds me my trip to Seville for the feria, it was so incredible, all the city partying !
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  18. I suppose my home away from home would have been Christchurch, NZ. It's been forever, since I've been, but while on my foreign study, it really got under my skin...

    The greenery, mountains, Maori and Samoans, all the South Pacific art (which I never cared for before I went, but I now love).

    I have never been to Spain, and have wanted to go since I was 14. I'm so stinking jealous right now!

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  19. Thank you all for your comments and some of you for you memories of Andalucia. For those who haven't been and expressed a desire to you won't regret it if you make it over - it is a wonderful wonderful place.

    It has been really fascinating to read everybody's stories of their second home's and their reasons for feeling that way about it, especially in relation to where some of you are based now. Thank you for sharing this!

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  20. Oh what wonderful photos and description of life in Andalucia! You're so lucky to make your getaway from the UK blizzards in such a beautiful, welcoming part of the world where you are treated as family and a local:). xo

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