Writing a book and having the book published has always been a lifetime ambition of mine, but "stuff" always got in the way.
However, our move to Spain and the following months were so full of fascinating, bizarre, anecdotal colour, that I felt that I had to put aside all that stuff, and capture the defining moments that made me smile. Thus, "Patch, His Pack, and Dear Old Reg" was born.
On reflection, I realise now that I have been lucky enough to experience many more such moments, in wildly contrasting destinations around the world, and I would like to share some of these in future times.
Patch, His Pack, and Dear Old Reg
Travel Autobigraphy/Narrative Non-Fiction
When Jim and Chris, a disenchanted English couple searching for adventure in a foreign land, find themselves living in the "Dust Bowl" of Andalucía, they realise that life is not quite what they expected!
They stumble across armies of Solar Soldiers and the local Blu Klux Klan. They find they are living in a land where gobbledegook is considered the official local language, and Smurfs can be spotted at roundabouts, dancing gaily with buckets in their hands.
They spy battalions of Top Gun swifts and house martins flying in protective formation over a monument dedicated to the Phallus, around which cardboard-touting geriatrics perform their unceasing daily rituals of Banter and Barter.
In this Land That Time Forgot, they become unintentionally involved in bizarre religious processions, whilst temperatures soar to the high 40's, even in Springtime, when streets lined with orange and lemon trees exude a pungent perfume, that at once intoxicates and wraps a comforting arm around you.
They wonder in amazement at what lies behind the myriad closed doors and shuttered, grilled windows of this raucous, bustling town of contradictions. The hapless pair are astounded and discombobulated in equal measure.
Welcome to Pilas!
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