Bryan Hemming

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How to beat the Conil crowds

July is the second most popular month to visit Conil. For the next eight weeks the pueblo will be bursting at the seams. With Gwyneth Paltrow raving about her June … Continue reading

July 12, 2017 · 6 Comments

La noche de San Juan – Conil

Seems like ages since we had a fiesta down in the pueblo. Could even be a couple of weeks or more. No worries, last night was La noche de San … Continue reading

June 24, 2017 · 6 Comments

An Amazing Parrot Story

  Plaza de Mina is probably my favourite square in Cádiz, in a city full of pleasant squares, great and small. I like its benches shaded by leafy, old trees … Continue reading

June 10, 2017 · 4 Comments

“Didn’t even notice you were gone”

Sometimes I feel like one of those kids who always gets left behind on school trips. They pop into a toilet for a quick piddle, only to find the bus … Continue reading

March 31, 2017 · 6 Comments

I wrote Fake News for a National British Newspaper!

In the spring of 2002 I was living in countryside of Andalucia when I submitted an idea for a regular column to the travel section of UK’s Independent newspaper. Intent … Continue reading

January 1, 2017 · 4 Comments

The Clay Figurine

“We should share our stuff,” Newton said to me after forgetting to bring his compass and protractor for geometry class. Sounded fair enough. “From now on, what’s yours is mine … Continue reading

December 20, 2016 · 10 Comments

Sniffin’ about an Andalusian pueblo at Easter

The other evening, Angelica and I went for a sniff about the pueblo to see what was up. It being Good Friday, the town’s Easter cabalgata was in full swing. … Continue reading

March 29, 2016 · 6 Comments

Shuffling through the sand in Andalusia

That the English word ‘holiday’ derives from the Old English hāligdæg or holy day, whereas día de fiesta — the Spanish term for holiday — translates into ‘party day’, serves only to reinforce a telling cultural difference between the Spanish and … Continue reading

March 5, 2016 · 11 Comments

¡Carnaval de Conil 2016!

It may not be Rio de Janeiro or Notting Hill, but come February the smallest Andalusian pueblos take to the streets to play at dressing-up over carnaval, or carnival. And Conil … Continue reading

February 14, 2016 · 7 Comments

A morning stroll about an Andalusian fishermen’s barrio

The higgledy-piggledy piles of old houses hugging the hillside to the north of Conil de la Frontera is known as the barrio de Pescadores; the fishermen’s quarter. Lying just beyond the old … Continue reading

February 3, 2016 · 4 Comments

Eivør Pálsdóttir: Tròdlabùndin. God Morgen!

Angelica emailed me this hauntingly beautiful song by Eivør Pálsdóttir today; to wish me good morning. I had to share it. Filmed during an open-air concert at Stigen in the … Continue reading

January 17, 2016 · 3 Comments

A winter stroll along the beach

Enjoying a respite from a couple of weeks of grey skies and showers, Angelica and I took an early evening stroll down to the beach the other day to catch … Continue reading

January 14, 2016 · 13 Comments

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