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Walking Over Haddon in The Peak District

I confess I'm a fair weather walker, which means I often want to walk on our holidays, but whether we go is always dependent on the weather. I have a Goretex jacket but it's like a talisman. I own it, but I don't want to wear it and I hope vainly that just by having spent so much on it an schlepping it with me that it's going to ward off the rain! As you can see my travel planning involves a good deal of "magical thinking!" In California our cultural exuberance (paired with low standards) means we shamelessly call anything a "hike"  - as if we've scaled Everest in an afternoon. Here in England I'm not sure I even qualify as a "walker" because that denotes a level of seriousness I've failed at previously. Minimally it means you're wearing boots  and have an Ordnance Survey map (and possibly a compass) in your back pocket. I guess I'm more of stroller to be honest and I've blogged about my strolls all over the world; m…

Huelga General

A rather sultry call for solidarity!

We were in Spain over a general strike and  luckily it didn't disrupt any of our plans. Given the combination of high unemployment in Andulusia and the proposed austerity measures, I can understand why there was a high turnout. At the Parador in Ubeda they gave us a letter explaining that during the strike the hotel would be operating with a reduced number of staff and they thanked us for our "collaboration". Were we collaborating with the strikers or the bosses? I think cooperation was the word that was lost in translation!

I found this stuck on an ATM in Cordoba.

We drove from Ubeda to Grenada on the day of the strike and dropped our rental car off at the train station. The police had shut down several roads and so we rolled our suitcases behind us for about a mile as the taxi drivers said they couldn't get us close enough to the hotel, at least that what we presumed they were saying!

Despite our sympathy for the cause we felt badly for the tourists who had visited Grenada with plans to visit the Alhambra. It was closed on the day of the strike and sold out for  subsequent days, so they missed their opportunity completely. While we arrived on the day of the strike we were very lucky to have reservations for the Alhambra on the following morning.