Nothing Like A Coffee And Some Time

I’m sitting on a lovely, ever-so-slightly battered brown sofa in my favourite bar (Cafe Cyrano) in Almería, my recently adopted ‘big city’, listening to my new favourite album (‘Hey Mr Ferryman’ by Mark Eitzel) with a cortado coffee and an orange juice. I’ve just put my car in for a service. Not a big deal for most people, but not having owned a car until recently, … Continue reading Nothing Like A Coffee And Some Time

I’m So Bored Of Goals

I’ve always been a great believer in the power of setting goals as they really help focus your mind on where you want to be and what you want to achieve in your life.  However recently I’ve been thinking a great deal about now. This very moment. And as each second passes, yes, we could be one step closer to our goals, but achieving that … Continue reading I’m So Bored Of Goals

Do Less. More

It’s Thursday, so it’s podcast day here at Away From The Noise and today we’re in the beautiful and perhaps under-rated city of Alicante. On the last few days of our trip around Spain, Mrs Away From The Noise and I have been travelling in the countryside and along the coast of the Costa Blanca and as a result of being here, the podcast this … Continue reading Do Less. More

If We Were Having Coffee… What’s Next Is Now

If we were having coffee, I’d say that moving to a new area where you don’t know anybody can be a challenge and moving to a new country even more so. Although my Spanish is reasonable, there can still be a language and cultural barrier at times which can be frustrating, but that’s part and parcel of moving to a new country. There are inevitable … Continue reading If We Were Having Coffee… What’s Next Is Now

How To Get Away From The Noise?

After living in London for 17 years, my wife and I decided to move to Granada in the south of Spain in 2014 to get ‘away from the noise’. Most people assume that the ‘noise’ was the urban-ness of the millions of people and the traffic chaos of the big city and to some extent that’s true, however in reality, it was more about the … Continue reading How To Get Away From The Noise?

Gothic Gin And Tonic With A Bit Of Verdi

As you know, this blog is called Away From The Noise and if you’ve read it before you’ll know that among other things, I like getting away from the noise by hanging out in cafes, listening to music, writing music/blogs and simply walking around Granada in the sunshine (it’s 34 Celsius / 93 Fahrenheit today – so, rather lovely and sunny). But as it’s the … Continue reading Gothic Gin And Tonic With A Bit Of Verdi

Another Day To Do Something Different

To many, today is just another day. To others, it’s a new day. A chance to look at things differently to the way you usually do. If you usually travel on the same route, what’s stopping you trying something different? If you usually look straight ahead, try looking up every now and again. What do you notice that you haven’t seen before? If you have … Continue reading Another Day To Do Something Different

The Tale Of The Supermarket Carol Singers

The Christmas Lights are being switched on in Granada tonight which will be fun to see and as the festive season approaches each year, I’m often reminded of a shopping trip to a supermarket in London a few years ago where I was greeted by two teenagers of about 15-16 years old who were belting out Christmas carols accapella raising money for a local charity. They immediately made me … Continue reading The Tale Of The Supermarket Carol Singers

Getting Away From the Noise (Quite Literally)

Ever been to a spa? Or had a massage? I like massages and sometimes write posts about them – read Learning How To Listen From A Masseur. I recently visited a spa for a massage and some much-needed tranquility. The steam room was lovely. The pool was warm too and the jacuzzi was quite fierce, but in a nice way. Wonderfully calming. Or so I … Continue reading Getting Away From the Noise (Quite Literally)

How Much is It Costing You?

When I was first asked this question, my first thought, perhaps like most people, was financially-related, as that is how we instinctively define cost in society. And this is of course, a vital element that may prevent you from moving forward. Maybe you don’t have the money to pack up and move to a new country, nor buy the house you have always wanted. And … Continue reading How Much is It Costing You?

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What’s The Secret To Being Happy?

I recently got chatting to Julie, a friend of a friend, at a wedding and it turns out that she’s an actress, not in Hollywood blockbusters nor the next cool indie flick, but an actress working in theatre and TV. During our conversation, one of the things she said that intrigued me was that sometimes other people can’t believe she’s an actress in that it … Continue reading What’s The Secret To Being Happy?