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 [...]