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East of Málaga blog

East of Málaga  is a blog written by Marianne, who defines herself as a “recovering’  lawyer,  EFL teacher, neophyte blogger, petrol-head, amateur photographer, traveller, English woman and shameless arctophile (yeah, go ahead – look it up!).”  Marianne’s good sense of humour is present throughout her writing.

Photo credit: East of Malaga

East of Málaga provides useful information about living and travelling in that neck of the woods. Whether readers want to know everything about the AVE (high-speed train) from Madrid to Málaga , or what to have for breakfast in Spain (those churros con chocolate look so tempting!) or even  the cost of living in Spain, Marianne has spot-on information.

The travel photos on this blog are a feast for one’s eyes. Beside, every month, East of Málaga organizes a photo challenge where everyone can participate (I do!)

Head over there and read all about Marianne and Málaga.

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Winter Driving in Canada

Across the country, this past week has seen huge snowfalls. Together with the snow come the unique driving conditions of our Canadian winter.

From driveway to sidewalk to road, it's all whiteness.
From driveway to sidewalk to road, it’s all whiteness.


January 14, 2011 5 comments

Rajasthani Sweets and Snacks

As much as Rajasthan is famous for its beautiful palaces, majestic forts and colorful folk dances, the state is also a food lover’s paradise. As I write this post, my heart is longing for all the Rajasthani sweets I have grown up eating!

Rajasthani cuisine has a variety of delicious and lip smacking sweets and snacks. So, if you have a sweet tooth, try out “Makhaniya Lassi” or “Mawa ni Kachori“; if you are a brave heart and cannot resist spices, then go for either “Bikaneri Bhujiya” or “Mirchi Bada”.

If you are not aware of any of these, don’t worry. Just read on :-

Makhaniya Lassi

Makhaniya LassiMade up of sweetened yogurt, with a dollop of cream, this is my personal favorite. A pinch of saffron here and butter there – the drink is ready.

Makhaniya Lassi is a cool drink to beat the extreme summer temperatures. For added flavor, a host of dried fruits are sprinkled on the top.

The Lassi is easy to prepare at home – takes a few minutes and is generally had after the meal. Photo credit


July 19, 2010 22 comments

How to Name Your Compound: place names in Zambia

Thanks to a friend of mine, I have become a regular at the huge second hand clothes market. The taxi driver I always use is not only reasonable but is something of a mine for information on the history of Lusaka. When driving me to the market recently he mentioned that it is on a large compound called ‘mandevu.’ Now I know ‘mandevu’ means beard in the local language Nyanja, so I of course asked why the compound was called, well, ‘beard’. He explained that mostly Zimbabweans had settled there years ago and they had the habit of shaving their heads but leaving their beards to grow. Zambians would refer to Zimbabweans as ‘the ones with beards’ and as a result the compound where they lived adopted the name ‘beard’.


July 13, 2010 8 comments

Eating right – The Indian way.

So you have been in India for a little while. Learnt to do the namaste greeting, visited countless historical monuments, sampled fare at most of the ‘must eat’ places. You are now almost ready for the real deal: a meal at an Indian house.

    Wrangling the invite

You would have made Indian friends by now. The trick is to lead the conversation to food, then to homemade food and then to the fact that his mother, wife or even the grandmother cooks like no one else you know.

At this crucial juncture, put on a suitably forlorn expression and declare: ‘Oh! I wish, I could have food like that, no restaurant food can compare to a mother’s/wife’s/grandmother’s cooking…’

There, it is done. From then on, matters follow a pre-determined chain of events and one fine day you are invited to lunch or dinner to your friend’s house.

Indian sweets come in a bewildering range of varieties. Enlist local help when buying.
Indian sweets come in a bewildering range of varieties. Enlist local help when buying.


June 21, 2010 8 comments

The Chitenge – A Zambian fashion essential

When I lived in the more rural area of Eastern Province in Zambia there was a nearby hospital that regularly had volunteers from abroad. We would often see them walking down the road, enjoying the sunshine in their shorts or mini-skirts.

One day a Zambian colleague came and asked why so many white women he saw would cover the top parts of their body but would show their legs and thighs in short skirts. This was not an unreasonable query for someone who comes from a culture where breastfeeding openly is not an issue but where if you are female you must keep everything covered from your midriff down to below your thighs. In Zambia this area of the body is seen as the erotic area and shouldn’t be shown, not even in trousers.

Zambian ladies sporting their chitenges
Ladies of the village sporting their chitenges


May 19, 2010 12 comments