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Monday Morning Photo - Wisteria Time in Andalucia

How quickly spring comes around after the short winter here in the Sierra Sur de Jaén. After lots of very much needed rain we´re back to the normal cloudless blue.  My garden is shooting incredbily with the moisture and now sunshine. And my beautiful wisteria flowers grandly albeit it short-lived. The big black carpenter bees love it. Each flowering season reminds me of the Botanical Gardens in Malaga and the ´tunnel´ of wisteria that I haven´t yet caught in bloom. April is a good time to plan to go if it´s on your list.  Here´s the botanical garden link La Concepción Botanical Gardens. And a sneaky peak at the wisteria. See the Monday Morning Photos list.

Book Review Lost and Found in Spain - Tales of an Ambassador's Wife by Susan Lewis Solomont

Lost and Found in Spain - Tales of an Ambassador's Wife

With sadness and trepidation Susan Lewis  Solomont gave up her job, home, family and friends to take up the 'non role' as the new USA Ambassador's wife. Moving from Boston to Spain or as her Introduction in her memoir/travelogue is titled 'From Boston to the Land of Oz.'

Taking in her new surroundings Susan also had to deal with disorientation and uncertainty. The Ambassador himself, Alan Solomont, fell into his new life enthusiastically loving his new job and the work. Life-changing roles for both of them.

As a successful career woman Susan struggled with her lack of position and her ego. With Alan's help and encouragement offers to speak at events began to dribble in. But the challenges of being a couple, having no family or friends close by, lack of role for her, becoming his sounding board all gave their relationship new and  different issues.

During their assignment they visited much of Spain but those date nights and weekends away had to be fought for and their episodes both at work and in leisure time  had to be met with diplomacy and resolve.

As a foodie Susan revelled in the Spanish cuisine from bars to Michelin Stars and with two personal chefs both learning yet wanting to be in a kitchen herself.

Having to experience everything Spain  offers including hunting and bullfighting tested Susan's finesse with smiles and resolve.

An enlightening read about the workings of an Ambassador as well as being dotted with interesting tales, facts and learning from across Spain. Very enjoyable indeed.


I was sent this book as a free review copy. I enjoyed it and thoroughly recommend it to Spain lovers. If you purchase it (or anything) via the link above I'll get a small commission towards maintaining this blog. I hope if you buy it you enjoy it as I did.

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