Away From The Noise

Stop And Take A Breath In Granada

I took the photo below today as I was walking around Granada. It’s one of my favourite places in the city – the Carrera de la Virgen. Often the focal point of local celebrations and processions, while today it was just a pretty, tree-lined avenue to walk down. We often get lost in the day-to-day ‘business’ of our lives, but every now and again it’s … Continue reading Stop And Take A Breath In Granada

Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

After seemingly years of spending time in anonymous (inter)national chain cafes, bars and restaurants, it’s such a pleasure having your favourite place where everybody knows your name – though admittedly, Jason often causes a few challenges for the Spanish tongue… It doesn’t matter whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, tapas or just a coffee, the principle is the same. The staff are welcoming and friendly, … Continue reading Where Everybody Knows Your Name…

Colegio Cartuja sunset

If You Were The Sun…

I can see why painters move to places for the beauty of the light. I can never take a photo nor paint a picture that seems to do it justice though it doesn’t stop me trying. We don’t have an Ibiza-style island sundowner place to hang out here in Granada, primarily because we’re not by the beach (!), but I’m quite happy catching it unexpectedly as I … Continue reading If You Were The Sun…

Granada Fountain

The Everydayness Of Beauty

On the way home from a bar with some friends last night, I took a photo of this fountain. I often walk past it but what with the moon, the lights and the water last night, it particularly caught my eye. We often get caught up in our everyday lives not noticing the everyday things that surround us. So every now and again, it’s nice to … Continue reading The Everydayness Of Beauty

Seville Night Sky

The Sky is Bigger

If you have ever lived in a big city, you know about the countless advantages of doing so. However, one of the downsides which was highlighted to me recently is that the sky can feel so small making city living enclosed and claustrophobic which inevitably has a negative impact on its inhabitants. Kitty Shepherd, a British friend also living in Granada then said something that particularly struck … Continue reading The Sky is Bigger

Away From The Noise

The November Manifesto

Hi There are many different reasons why we may want to get away from the noise of our daily lives and there are countless ways to help you do so. This blog is my way of doing that. I live in Granada in the south of Spain, write songs, teach English and now write this blog. My name is Jason and although I only started … Continue reading The November Manifesto

Granada flower


Words can be such simple and yet powerful elements in our lives. Here are a few that I came up with when I was putting this blog together. Inspiring Positive Simplicity International Beauty Melancholy Influential Focused Elegant Minimal Which 10 words you would you have on your list to embody a project you are working on? Or maybe if you’re feeling daring, your life? Continue reading Words