When did you last see someone walking down the street so engrossed in their phone that they either: – almost walked into you, somebody else or a lamppost? – actually walked into you, somebody else or a lamppost? The chances are that you have seen at least one of these things happen and probably not too long ago. The reason I’m talking about this is … Continue reading How Your Phone Can Help You Know Where You’re Going
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)
While walking around town recently, a woman walked past me and just as she went by, a waft of perfume struck me and suddenly I was at university in a conversation class with a French teaching assistant called Nathalie who wore the same perfume by Issey Miyake. Just like that. No introduction. The last thing I was expecting as I was on my way to … Continue reading The Scent Of Nostalgia
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
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
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…
Are you sitting comfortably? How about with your life? Are you comfortable with your life? Maybe everything’s going well and that’s a lovely thing but sometimes, things are just ticking over in a perfectly fine but perhaps not very interesting way and from time to time, you think about stepping out of things for a while to stretch and challenge yourself. But do you want … Continue reading Are You Comfortable Being Comfortable?
How do you want your life to be? In 10 years? 5 years? 1 year? 6 months? Most people know what they don’t want – I don’t want to work in a dead-end job, I don’t want to be broke etc. However on being asked what they do actually want, other than perhaps a generic ‘win the lottery or live abroad’ sentiment, they often don’t … Continue reading How Do You Know What You Want (And What You Can Do To Get It)?
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