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        Over the last couple of years, Julie and I have travelled   an office of the local Police department situated at the
        all over Andalucia, for our enjoyment and to garner   town hall. They had a key that an officer gave to us. He
        material for articles for our website and this magazine.   explained that they would be on siesta when we
        On our journeys, we have encountered many examples   returned so could we please put it through the drainpipe
        of kindness, pride in their culture and the desire to trust   that feeds through the wall for just that purpose.
        their fellow man that are, to me, characteristics of the   In Valencina de la Concepción near Seville, we were the
        Spanish nature.                                      only visitors at the archaeological site. Our guide was
        I am not talking about the tab system in bars and ventas;   arranged at a minutes notice by a lady who ran the local
        although that is endemic in all the inland areas, I am   museum, all free of charge.
        talking about something that goes much deeper, best   In El Bosque, Cádiz province we stayed at a hostel. The
        illustrated by examples.                             restaurant menu included venison, wild boar and
        In Cabra, Cordoba province, we went to the Jurassic   mountain goat. I was in food heaven and we decided to
        museum. It is in a municipal building and was firmly   stay an extra night so that we could properly sample
        closed. However, the custodian of the building, who   each dish. When we settled the bill just before leaving
        doubled up as a watchman and general office          the owner presented us with two full round goat’s
        administrator, had a key. He unlocked the museum, gave   cheeses, a speciality of the village to, as he explained,
        us the key and asked us to return it to his office when we   thank us for enjoying his food.
        had finished.                                        I have many more examples. Wherever you are in Spain,
        A similar occurrence happened in Jaén province. We   you find hospitality that can, at times, be embarrassing.
        went to an Iberian sepulchre called Toya. It is miles away   Where is this going? Oh yes, my New Year’s Resolution,
        from anywhere and, when we arrived, was fenced off   to get out and about more.
        with pointed metal posts and a sturdy locked gate.   Julie and I would like to wish all our readers and clients
        Enquiries at the nearest town, Peal de Becerro, led us to
                                                             a Very Happy New Year.
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