On the road to learn about love again, this time to the Spanish island where most people from Essex travel to, Mallorca. I overhear conversations about booze and serrano ham as we board, so I know instinctively what I might expect. But even at 6am I cannot help but hear my tickling brain-what was the [...]

Granada- The City of Secrets

"Nothing in life can be more cruel than to be blind in Granada" - I think it was Francisco Icaza who said this, although I know many quote this as a motto from the Alhambra Palace itself. Granada is the dream city for many travellers to Andalucia and for good reasons. It has the magic [...]

Medieval culinary Journey to Andalus

Andalus, the land that has many intricate stories about coexistence, identity and politics. It is also one of the richest lands where food culture flourished, a subject I feel particularly passionate about. Medieval collections of recipes followed the social and economic progress of the land and when we talk about food in Andalus, we need [...]

Convivencia- life on the street

One of the most debate issue about Al-Andalus is the question of convivencia, co-existence and living together. Some academic circles promote the flourishing of a diversified society where people’s religion and spiritual or wordly matters co-existed. Others share the view that it was just a utopia that could never materialize. Me, as a writer when [...]

Ibn Firnas, the first up in the sky

...extract from the Andalus series... He was walking to Jebel Al ‘Arous. These mountains behind his city stood resilient, hosting silver leafed olive trees, now dusty and tired-looking. The summer air and the vast blue sky made this spot one of his favourite places since he has moved to Cordoba when he was only seven [...]