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Old 11th September 2006, 08:35 AM   #1
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Default Notes from Spain podcast 47 - Chris Stewart interview

What fun! This weekend we headed deep into the Alpujarras, a mountainous region south of Granada, to interview Chris Stewart, author of Driving Over Lemons, A Parrot in the Pepper Tree, and the Almond Blossom Appreciation Society. After a rather fine lunch overlooking his valley farm, we sat down to discuss topics including:

- The history of the Moors in Spain and the Alpujarras
- The Moorish influence on his lifestyle and farming techniques, including Moorish irrigation techniques
- Olive trees and olive farming around Jaen
- The similarities between the Alpujarra and Morocco
- The writing process
- Moroccan immigration in Spain and El Ejido (a town in Andalusia where many Moroccan immigrants end up working in intensive greenhouse farming).
- The African immigration problem facing Spain now, and the treatment of Moroccan immigrants in Andalusia
- … and finally, a great recipe for Gazpacho!

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