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On Extremadura summers

The first time R visited my hometown of Don Benito we walked through one of the local parks. Far from impressed, he said in a sad voice ‘parks here are made of dirt’. The word ‘park’ conveys quite a different image in the UK and Extremadura. No lush green areas with...

On melons and favours

My dad’s colleague is a fan of Formula 1, so when he found out my boyfriend R works for one of the teams, he got excited. He asked whether R would buy a T-shirt for him and take it to Extremadura on our next trip. He would, of course, gives us the money. No, R...

Very Extremeño things: the ‘salita’

Today I invite you to virtually peek into my parents’ house to explain a very extremeño concept in our houses–the ‘salita’. Let me start by explaining what a ‘salita’ is not. It’s not a living room or a sitting room, because it’s not big enough to accommodate guests....

Fish recipes – Jerte-style trout

With Christmas just around the corner you may be having guests over for dinner soon. Not sure what to cook? Do you like Spanish recipes? If you are looking for fish recipes here’s an idea—Jerte-style trout. It’s simple, quick and delicious. Jerte is a small town...

A Spanish ghost town: Granadilla

Small village in a rural area, no jobs, people move to big cities, and village becomes a ghost town. This might be (in short) how small places end up empty. It doesn’t apply to this Extremadura town I’m talking about today, though. The case of Granadilla is different,...

On Extremadura summers

The first time R visited my hometown of Don Benito we walked through one of the local parks. Far from impressed, he said in a sad voice ‘parks here are made of dirt’. The word ‘park’ conveys quite a different image in the UK and Extremadura. No lush green areas with...

Summer comes with a giveaway!

 THIS COMPETITION IS CLOSED Today summer officially starts. Yay! We’re are having a pretty grim day here in Oxford (how lovely is the British weather?) but, guess what, most Extremadura destinations are enjoying +32-34 degrees today. #Scorcher To mark the start...

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