Monday, 25 January 2010
Saturday, 23 January 2010
of six miles! I love it when the Captain on a flight comes over the
mic' with a quick update and some top-fact action!
I am writing this six miles high over Madrid but will have to send it
once back on terra firma in good old Bristol.
I have a book with me about the aftermath of two planes smashing into
the World Trade Center; not the wisest choice and a couple of glances
have been put my way.
It's been a top-smart week and all told I walked 42 miles and
experienced ascent and descent of 1000m.
Out of the window I have just seen a plane pass under us and for some
reason of height, perspective and speed this viewpoint always shows
the terrific progress of a jet that you don't appreciate from the
All in all this is a fine flight save for the slight discomfort of so
many Brits sporting a copy of the Daily Mail.
Last fact: the Captain just came on to say we will land in 14 minutes
with 'just' 170 miles to go! I know a little car called Tickles that
approaches a run along the M5 in similar fashion...
Get in, what an enjoyable and gratefully received week!
Friday, 22 January 2010
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Andalucia and Grenada and it goes down, down, down through some mega
I have found my favourite bit of Spanish road (mostly after this
vid' , alas!)
Fab' walking today but truly excellent transport action to get there.
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
pal Andy. We had a good look around the cathedral and the castle and
the Picasso museum, all within the old city. Photography is frowned
upon at each of these tourist attractions so here is a great vid' I
took instead; it captures Malaga, I think.
Actually I have to say, that boy Pablo was top of his game.
Tuesday, 19 January 2010
Drove to the lower parts of a high mountain today then walked three
hours and 800m up. Last part was about 35 degrees steep and like
climbing sheer stairs. What a view at the end though!
The mountain is called Maroma and there's a longer walk up it on
Thursday, starting at the halfway point of today's ascent. My guide
and long term pal Andy says if I was fine today, the ascent is well
within me too, so I may have a go.
Hope you're all well there!
Monday, 18 January 2010
Anyhow yesterday just near the small village of Competa I encountered
these chaps. I greeted them and asked about the day and they looked at
me from their long Gregories as if I was mad. They were Spanish Emu,
and of course I have very little Spanish so they probably had no idea
what I was on about .
That said they were easier to understand than one of the chaps from
the group who is from Diddsbury in Manchester.
Sunday, 17 January 2010
First full day today but I feel like I have been here ages because
Saturday was such a very long day after a 3am start to get here. (Had
an aiport lift from a fabulous volunteer - thank you BS9).
It is t shirt weather and hit 70 degrees today (or 19 in the modern
Today I have seen the first mountains of Africa across in Morroco.
Even though they are 130 miles away you can see them because they are
immense as are the mountains I viewed them from. I have also seen two
Emu and tons of horses and oxen!
This bridge was pretty smart as were the many churches so far today,
but the bridge edged it for blog inclusion. We had a gentle start with
a 7 mile walk.
If you care to know, I am near Malaga in the south of Spain and just a
touch back in from the coast and east of it.
More reviews tomorrow and a spectacular mountain view.
Saturday, 16 January 2010
Friday, 15 January 2010
It's a year today since the rather cool and calm captain of an American Airlines plane landed it in the Hudson after hitting geese!
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
picked up some new boots in size 12.
They are quite smart and comfy & supportive.
I'm going to wear them for the next couple of days and report progress!
By the way, if you are reading this and happen to be the helpful chap
from O2 with whom I just discussed iPhone action in Spain, then thanks
Tuesday, 12 January 2010
It's quite nippy here in BS5 with more snow due this afternoon and into tomorrow.
Friday, 8 January 2010
Wednesday, 6 January 2010
Quite a bit but not tons. Might have a look out in it later. It is
still coming down steadily this morning.
I think my pal Walshy has more in Manchester (ish) as do my folks in