Starting a new life in Andalucía

Pages: 246
Language: English
Publication date: 07/12/2010
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Travel writer, Robert Bovington, writes about his first year in Spain
Bob and Diane have made the life-changing decision to retire, leave England and live in Roquetas de Mar – a coastal town in Spain.

Lazing on the beach is not their main preoccupation, however. They want to explore the countryside of their adopted country.

They visit 'pueblos blancos' in the Alpujarras. They enjoy the wonderful scenery of Andalusia.
On one such journey to the medieval city of Ronda they discover the spectacular Sierra de las Nieves – a biosphere reserve. This type of encounter is to be repeated throughout their expeditions. They experience the stark beauty of the Tavernas desert; the enchanting Palmeral of Elche; the grandeur of the Sierra Nevada and the fantastically diverse landscapes of the Cabo de Gata with its unique flora and fauna.

On their journeys they explore the culture and customs of the Andalucian people – tapas, fiestas, music, soccer, bad driving, noisy Spaniards. They share a typical Spanish Christmas with their friend Jaime and pick chestnuts in the Alpujarras.

In short, Bob and Diane have fallen in love with their newly adopted country and are looking forward to visiting other areas of Spain and learning the language properly because Spanish matters!
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Robert Bovington (born 25 January 1945) is an English writer of books on travel, primarily with regards to Spain. These include “Spanish Matters” and “Spanish Impressions”

Early Life
Robert Bovington was born in Brighton, East Sussex, the son of Leonard and Audrey Bovington. He is the first-born and has eight siblings – six brothers and two sisters.

Leaving school with GCE O Levels, Robert Bovington joined the G.P.O as a trainee telephone engineer. His education continued. Throughout his working life, he has achieved a number of academic successes. These include a Bachelor of Science degree with the Open University, Full Technological Certificate in Telecommunications and Electronics, NVQ Level 3 in Information Technology and the Further Education Teachers’ Certificate.

For many years Robert worked in the telecommunications industry, firstly as a telephone engineer and later in a number of managerial posts that included Systems Engineering and Project Management. Later, he was to begin a new career, teaching. He worked at a number of colleges in Sussex and Kent as a lecturer and team leader, delivering course in Information Technology and Business Management.

Having worked for many years in both the telecommunications industry and the teaching profession, Robert Bovington wanted to take on new challenges. He and Diane decided to relocate to Spain and, in 2003, the couple moved to Roquetas de Mar in sunny Andalucía. However, lazing on the beach was not his idea of fun - he wanted to explore his new homeland. It didn't stop there! Robert was so impressed with his new homeland, its countryside, its historic cities and its culture that it inspired him to write about his experiences.

Currently, he has written three books and had a number of articles published in newspapers and magazines.

Bovington has been married to Diane for over thirty years. They have no children. However, Bovington’s short marriage to Helene resulted in twin daughters Carole and Sheila. The author is also a grandfather and great grandfather.

Bovington met Diane when both belonged to the Crescent Operatic Society. Music is one of the author’s great passions. At primary school he sang in a choir in a concert of Bach and Handel. Another of his interests is football and for many years supported Brighton & Hove Albion home and away. His favourite premiership team is Arsenal. Other interests include information technology, writing and ten-pin bowling.

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