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A Video Interview at Home in a Spanish Village with Londoners Alan and Stella Sekers

Alan Stella Sekers

Alan and Stella Sekers on the terrace of their village house in Quentar

When Alan and Stella Sekers retired from teaching they wanted to introduce some adventure into their lives, perhaps living in Spain. They discovered Quentar, “their” Spanish village, almost by accident when they went to visit some friends there. They soon made the decision to look for a house of their own in the village. One old ruin of a place appeared in short order. They flew back down from London and… Well, let’s let them tell you what happened.  More…


“Salobreña Inspired Me”–An Interview with Helen McCormack 6

“What Can I Do?” Plenty. Be Creative.

Helen McCormack

This is the view that Helen wakes up to each morning.

“Salobreña inspired me,” says Helen McCormack, who came here to retire and promptly made herself an essential player in the cultural life of the pueblo. Recognition came quickly to this gently dynamic Irish woman from County Kildare.


Isidro Villó portfolio

The Isidro Villó Portfolio–Hitting the High Spots 6

Isidro Villó is a young physics professor at the Politecnique University of Cartagena on Spain’s Mediterranean coast. He’s  been mountaineering since his mid teens and has climbed in Sierra Nevada, the Andes and the Himalayas. Besides being a first-class academic and a world-class athlete he also has a powerful aesthetic and poetic sensitivity that is at its best at high altitudes. More…

Portfolio — Bill Booth Looks at Granada’s Insects with a Macro 10

Bill Booth insects

Bill Booth is a professor of structural geology at the University of Granada. He was born in Granada in 1972 to an English mother and an American father. Except for two years of post-doctoral work at the Geomar Oceanographic Institute in Kiel, Germany, his studies were all in the Spanish public school system. Bill’s hobby is photographing insects and, since this first number of ¡Alegría! is dedicated to Granada we’ve asked him for a selection of insects from there. More…