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27.10.2014
On 25 July, news broke of the Ebola death of a Liberian man in Lagos. The American International School of Lagos (AISL) was due to open mid-August. Superintendent Rayl had only just arrived for his first term at the school, and his very first days in Nigeria. In an emergency meeting with the Board of Directors he decided to postpone the opening of...
22.10.2014
I suppose in size and style the towns of Torrevieja in the southern Costa Blanca and Calpe in the northern Costa Blanca are similar.  Both towns originally grew up around the salt industry, however unlike Torrevieja, Calpe’s lakes are no longer productive.  Both towns are now developed way beyond their original boundaries, both have developed as...
15.10.2014
After Guardamar de Segura the N332 coast road took us past yet more pine woods, more open land, the mountains visible but not too close.  I had never seen so much flat land in Spain!  Here I could travel around without the dreaded problems caused by my life-long travel-sickness issues.  I actually felt good being in a car and looking around!  I...
09.10.2014
Our first sight of the Alicante region heading south from Alicante airport was so different from everything I knew about Spain.  Passing Santa Pola we came to the salt lakes.  I’d seen salt lakes many times before, but not like this.  They stretched way into the distance towards the far away hills, lining both sides of the road.  A few of the...
03.10.2014
‘The trains aren’t running and I can’t miss my connection or I’ll lose my job.’ I’d nearly walked straight into her as I entered the station in Camden, London on a still Sunday morning. ‘OK,’ I said, putting a hand on her arm to steady us both. So do you know if there are any buses this morning?’ Like me, she was new to London and, from my vantage...
01.10.2014
Although I had visited different parts of Spain during my childhood, my husband Dave had never been there until the year after my parents made the move in 1991.  They had bought a plot of land a few years earlier outside the northern Costa Blanca town of Moraira and had built a villa there.  The old part of town is typically Spanish and quite...