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

Away From The Noise

So What’s Next?

I started this blog in October, so at only a few weeks old of posting daily (including the transfer of a number of posts from a previous website I had) and since the end of the latest Blogging101 project, I thought I’d take stock of how things have gone. Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who follows me via email, Wordpress or Twitter (@awayfromnoise) and for all the … Continue reading So What’s Next?

What We Can Learn From Playing Tennis

While walking around recently, I noticed a boy of about 12 years old hitting a tennis ball against a wall with his tennis racket. Perhaps he was practising for a match or maybe he was just having fun. Either way, he didn’t have any friends around to impress so he was clearly motivated to do this for himself and seeing him got me thinking. I … Continue reading What We Can Learn From Playing Tennis

How Can Hailstorms Help Us To Be Happier

The weather in Granada is usually pretty good, however a few weeks ago there was a hailstorm of almost biblical proportions, relatively speaking that is. It hadn’t properly rained here in months so hail, thunder, lightning and dark, dark skies were huge news! I popped into the nearest bar to hide from the elements and while I was in there I noticed a girl of about 5 running … Continue reading How Can Hailstorms Help Us To Be Happier

The Empty Bandstand

The Empty Bandstand

There’s a lovely area I often walk through in Granada called La Plaza Del Humilladero which is used as a public event space such as weekly markets, annual fairs and where many people simply go for a paseo or to walk their dogs. I especially like walking there early in the morning before the city wakes up as it has a gentle tranquility that sets … Continue reading The Empty Bandstand

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

Cortado

How Spending Time In Cafes Adds To Your Life

It’s Tuesday morning, the sun is shining and I’m spending time in a cafe near my flat watching the world go by. I’m not doing anything else per se, but this ‘freedom’ helps my mind to wander and think about new projects. I always find new ideas come to mind spending time in cafes because I’m kind of giving myself the space and ‘permission’ to empty … Continue reading How Spending Time In Cafes Adds To Your Life

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