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Free things to do in Granada





So what does the City of Granada have to do with cave living you may well ask yourself ?

Well first of all Granada is home to the famous gypsy cave district of Sacromonte. Whilst secondly, Granada is the capital city within our province of Andalucia. And if that’s not enough,¬†it’s one of the most visited cities in Spain and at just over an hour away from us, right on our doorstep ūüôā

So, we made the decision to leave the underground world for a while and go explore Granada to find out what all the fuss was about.

However, as we are living on a budget, we needed to make the trip as inexpensive as possible and so started researching free things to do in Granada ūüôā

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Our first 6 months in Spain




Our first 6 months in Spain have come and gone – It’s incredible how quickly the time has passed.

It seems like only yesterday that we had arrived in Spain to snow and temperatures of -2C. Now it’s 46C outside and the air conditioning has just packed up in the car !

That said it’s lovely and cool in the cave, with an average temperature of 24C.

So whilst we hide like vampires from the midday sun, I thought I would take time out and share the 6 key things we have learnt in our first 6 months in Spain.

So here goes …
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Successes and Setbacks (part 2)




More time has passed than intended since the first part of successes and setbacks; but now we can share what happened over the following weeks.

Whilst the 1st week was eventful and deserved an entry all of its own, thankfully things settled down as we started to find our feet in our new home ūüôā Continue reading

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A year in the life of one foot in the cave





A year in the life of one foot in the cave takes a look at this years blog entries, along with any updates and reflections that we thought worth sharing.

Although before I start, I have to be honest and say that It seems far too soon to be doing a review of 2016. I do sometimes wonder where time goes ?

one foot in the cave, A year in the life of one foot in the cave

After all, we started discussing an eventual move to Spain back in September 2012 (whilst sitting on an agricultural terrace in Machu Picchu, Peru). Back then, we had set a goal of being in Spain by the end of 2016. We will actually be there in January 2017, but I think that in the grand scheme of things we can overlook a couple of weeks !

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Our Favourite Walks – Castril





We love the outdoors, and are fortunate enough to have a home¬†in the¬†‘Altiplano de Granada’ region of Andalucia, which is¬†an area of real contrasts. There is a huge and mainly deserted plain in its central part, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Sagra, Castril, Baza and Orce, with some peaks surpassing 2300 meters. There are also 3 large reservoirs, El Portillo, El San Clemente and El Negrat√≠n as well as 2 Natural Parks, the Sierra de Baza and the Sierra de Castril.

Basically, this means that we are spoiled for options when it comes to enjoying one of our real¬†passions¬†– walking ūüôā

And not being greedy people, we thought we would start to share some of our favourite walks with you !

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Spanish Market Days





There are many things I love about our newly adopted home of Spain and the list is growing. My favourite though¬†has to be¬†the Spanish market days.¬†This¬†is probably just as well, because in Spain everyday is market day ūüôā

In our area of Andalucia, I could go to a different market each and every day.  From the smallest village with a couple of stalls in a single side street, through to the principal town of Baza, where the market truly is King for the day.
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A day trip to Garrucha





What we have not as yet mentioned in any of our blogs, is that just a hop, skip and jump away are a number of beautiful and not too touristy beaches.

As we had our good friends Kes, Sarah and their daughter Charlotte staying with us, what better reason could  there be for a road trip to the coast, but with so much choice, where should we go ?
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The horse that ate an iPad





No we are not on drugs (not that we will to admit anyway) , neither have we lost the plot (well maybe a little), nor has our site been hacked ! In The horse that ate an iPad we share our top 10 unusual, unexpected and unforseen experiences from our latest trip to our cave house.
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Catching up with friends





We may have been leaving Andalucia but weren’t quite ready to leave Spain . Instead we were planning on catching up with friends in Tossa de Mar. ¬†A reunion was long overdue, not only had we not seen Giz and Lidia for a couple of years, we had yet to meet Gilda, their 10 month old daughter.
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Market Day in Huescar





Thursday is market day in Huescar. It’s the second largest market in the area (after Baza) and only a few miles from where we were staying in Galera.

We knew that nearly every village holds a weekly market and that they are an important part of life in rural Spain. For us, this was going to be our first experience of visiting a Spanish market.
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