Culture shock

Ok, I've been suffering a bit of culture shock changing locations a little too quickly in the last week: Tarifa surfin' town Spain, Tangier in Morocco, Gibraltar a little bit o' the UK, Granada and now the Super 8 Motel in Houston, friggin Texas just outside the lovely George Bush Airport. Tomorrow, I'll be in Guatemala.

Granada was fabulous…loved the leafy green squares, hills (Sevilla was so flat), snowy mountains just beyond, incredible architecture, diverse population and culture (big North African influence).

I did like Spain a lot but found myself seeking out non-Spanish experiences in the last week so maybe i'm ready for a change. Gibraltar and Tangier were absolute opposites really — one a little bit of the UK, safe and comfortable, the other a bit crazy and unpredictable but utterly fascinating. I did find some strange parallels though:
- Riding a camel in Tangier / Riding a doubledecker bus in Gibraltar. Both of these things were completely out of place and silly and cost 1 Euro.
- Contemplating the view of the Petit Socco from the balcony of a cafe with my new friend Yousef while he got completely wasted on hash / Sitting on a cliff wall and contemplating the view of the Gibraltar harbour from the top of the rock with a Gibraltar ape.
- Taking a break from Spanish cuisine with some traditional Moroccan / English food (ok, the fish and chips sounded better than it was but the Moroccan food was great).
- Getting onto a different schedule from the very set Spanish hours for eating, drinking, shopping. In Gibraltar, the usual normalish English hours applied. In Morocco, I arrived during Ramadan so there was no eating or drinking from sunrise to sunset (all the restaurants were closed during the day).

Guatemala here I come!

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