A Week in Andalusia – El Gastor & Grazalema

Whenever I travel, I like to document my adventure as best I can. For my trip to Spain last July, I had really wanted to vlog, however, it ended up being too hot to carry around my digital camera and instead I resorted to shooting on film. My Canon AE-1 and a couple rolls of Portra 400 went everywhere with me.

We arrived in Malaga and quickly picked up our rental car. We then began the drive from Malaga to El Gastor where we were staying.

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Every night we would watch the sun set behind the mountains and then stay up talking and watching the stars.

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I had to take a siesta everyday around noon until 2pm as I wasn’t very good at coping with the heat and would end up with a migraine. However, after my nap, I’d jump back into the pool, or rather have to be pulled in, so as to avoid painfully warming up in the cool water.

The place felt very magical, I’m glad that I don’t know any Andalusian folklore, otherwise, I’m sure I would have convinced myself that there were creatures lurking in the desert hills surrounding us.

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Grazalema, a beautiful cliff top town was the first place we visited. Of course, visits only happened after two in the afternoon, so as to avoid the hottest part of the day. The road to get there was crazy bendy, and was often a single track lane.

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When we finally got to Grazalema, we had ice cream and sat in the town square. We wandered the streets, seeking shade between the houses.

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Surrounded by tree covered mountains, Grazalema has a very tropical feel to it.

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Grazalema is a picturesque town, with its white painted houses and greenery. I highly recommend a visit if you are ever in the area!

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Festive Film

With the festive feeling in my heart, I’m happy to share some of my film photographs from this holiday season. Earlier this month, I visited Glasgow’s Christmas Market with my boyfriend and we explored all the different stalls, that were just bustling with festive cheer and customers.

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In Norway, I visited Oslo’s Christmas Market and ice rink at the centre of the city. All the houses in the area I was staying had beautiful advent stars hanging in the windows, and when I visited Stockholm, I found that they has this tradition too! I would have loved to bring one home with me, but unfortunately it wouldn’t have fit in my suitcase.

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In Drøbak, I got to explore Santa’s post office, which was filled with little Nissen ornaments. In Norwegian folklore, Nissen are ancient pagan creatures, the size of a small child. In the winter they stay in barns and look after the animals. Humans are meant to leave them porridge, also known as grog, which they eat and keeps them from acting out.

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All the photos were shot on my Canon AE-1 using Portra 400 or Ektar 100 film stock.

You can check out more pictures on my facebook photography page, je photographe!