So… after spending the month of July in Barcelona I went back to the Alpujarras as soon as possible. Barcelona, the city I used to love has become a place where I don’t feel at ease and that makes me edgy and nervous all the time.
So I went back to the mountains behind Granada, where the Sierra Nevada is, where I feel good, free and carefree.
This time I went to visit and help Uri, a very nice and friendly guy from Israel that bought himself a wonderful house tucked 20 minutes drive away from the closer village (Alcùtar) where he lives with his two dogs – Licky, the prince and Chu Chu, the warrior.
They are the sweetest and friendliest dogs I’ve ever know, super nice and constantly hungry for cuddles.
I met Uri at the bar near the bus station where he was having a beer with his friend Andrew, a British expat that has been working as a cook for the last 8 years in a restaurant in the area (that I didn’t manage to visit).
At Uri’s place I felt immediately at home. The house is magnificent, the dogs are uber-friendly and the view is breathtaking. I had a big room for myself that opened to a back terrace where I had my morning yoga everyday watching the sun coming put from behind the mountains in front of me. The soundtrack for my yoga sessions was the birds singing and the crickets chirping in the fields surrounding the property. Uri’s land is not as vast as Ian’s but there’s still a lot of space and a lot of fruit trees and a small vegetable garden from where we had our lettuce and tomatoes.
Moreover on the fourth day Uri’s introduced me to his neighbors Anne and David that have a swimming pool. Nothing to play the Olympic Games in but big and fresh enough for me to take my daily swim (most of the times even twice a day).
In these villages life is easier and more relaxed, the pace is slower and people are friendlier. In a way it reminded me of Asia where people still talk to each other, where you visit friends in person and not over Skype or the likes and where there is still trust and the will to share time.
Uri and I spent our days “in the buff” taking care of the house, the garden and the dogs and the feeling of freedom was absolute. I really felt I was in Paradise. Uri is a really cool and laid back guy, very open to suggestions and to try new things. He left me a lot of freedom to do what I liked (as long as it was useful to the household – like refurbishing old furniture) and also let me cook. Once he also invited his Spanish class friends to the house and let me cook for them. And I can tell the lunch was a success!
My naked days in the Alpujarras will remain within my heart forever. My time spent with Licky – the prince – and Chu Chu – the warrior – were as good as it can be. I realized that that is what I want for me. Live in the country side, surrounded by nature and animals. I’m so grateful to Uri to give me this opportunity and I will never forget my time spent at “Luz y Paz”.