Take one step forward with your left foot -- a small step suffices. Oh, no flip flops from this point on, please. Feel that delicate texture embracing your foot with such warmth and subtle sounds of acceptance. Another step forward with your right foot, and you experience a marvelous balance. Savour that sensation.
It's also been nice to raise the temperature by looking back at this year's travels, projects and favourite memories. Having noted my top ten memories, I've simply expanded them into this fun little post:
Welcome back to my musings on the beautiful area of the Basque country in northern Spain. The long wait is finally over to
I feel at my most Hemingwayesque by morning, when I wake in the Hotel Maria Cristina, the warm sun spilling through the blinds
A bus takes me from the centre of the Rioja region, north, on a 70-minute journey to San Sebastián. We pass through small farming villages where donkeys graze on the sloped hills, and cross bridges that stretch across great empty ravines. Water flows north over rocks below, before reaching the River Uruma in San Sebastián.
With dinner service imminent, Elena was more than generous as she let us tour the cavernous nooks and crannies of Arzak the evolutionary, cutting edge contemporary restaurant with a Basque twist.