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January is a month for feeling jaded. Post Christmas, post Kings, all spent out but with bills still to pay, bad weather coming and the repercussions of gluttony looking out of every mirror, the year’s first month is the least cheerful. Which is a pity – to start the New Year with negatives and resolutions to stop drinking, eating, spending, partying – everything but worrying!

My friend kept her Gran’s saying for January; an answer to the anti-drinking “temperance” movement, it


La Tamborrada festival is a traditional drum playing festival celebrated in San Sebastian, Spain and throughout other regions in Spain.

During the Tamborrada Festival the city of San Sebastian becomes a defeaning place as it comes alive with hundreds of thousands of beating drums that play throughout the streets the 24 hours that the 20th of January lasts.

The hand crafted drums are made of many different sizes and are normally classified as barrel or military style drums. These drum

Sugar and Spice India

Having recently spent some time travelling in India it started me thinking how it would be to run our shop, Sugar and Spice, like a shop in a typical Indian tourist town.
We’ll need to redecorate; we’re going to need tinsel and lots of it. And fairy lights, we’re definitely going to need fairy lights in as many colours as possible. Next we need to choose our resident Hindu God (a kuladevi). I like Ganesh the god of wisdom and prosperity, who has the added bonus of being half

Marbella Four Days Walking

In October the weather in the south of Spain is still perfect, no too hot and not too cold, a great time for walking. A nice opportunity to discover the unknown sides of Marbella during the walking event Marbella 4Days Walking.
The historic city centre will be the starting point for the 20 and 30 km routes which will lead the walkers from all over the world through the city, the nature and along the beach. The last day, the 14th of October, they will walk the Via Gladiolo

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