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Andy Grigg

That Was Then, But This Is Now. Travels in Spain

That Was Then, But This Is Now. Travels in Spain

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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a Spanish phrase book must be in want of a holiday”

Well, not necessarily! Some people don’t want a holiday, they want a life changing experience. Just over thirty years ago as the miners went on strike and The Smiths released their first album, Andy left a trouble torn Thatcherite Britain and boarded a flight for Malaga. Clutching a Spanish phrase book he dreamed of adventure.

Thirty years on and Andy returns to the Spain of his youth, accompanied by his wife, Tania, and his two sons, Will and Tom. He still carries a phrase book but he doesn't want a life changing experience, he wants a holiday. Travel in time and space; visit Spain in two different time periods and in very different circumstances.

Travel to Malaga, Granada, Seville, Córdoba and various other Andalusian towns and cities and then head north to the Basque Country Walk in the shadow of Lorca, Durruti and La Pasionaria, as the author tries to discover the answers to some eternal questions - Is there such a thing as a life changing experience? Does the past shape the future or does the future shape the past?

About the Author

Currently living and working in Devon, Andy Grigg first visited Spain over thirty three years ago. His first visit marked the beginning of a lifelong romance. Passions apart from Spain and all things Spanish, include; walking, reading, music and his family. He has been married to Tania for nearly twenty five years, and they have two sons - William and Tom. Andy has previously written articles and a book about walking and his families exploration of the Cumbrian Lake District.

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