When you think of Spain chances are that you think about flamenco, sangria and bull fighting. That’s partly true, but especially so in the south of Spain. Flamenco is perhaps Spain’s most notorious export; but to the people of Andalusia, flamenco isn’t just a style of music…it’s a way of life.
The Vagabrothers explore the back streets in the shadow of the Alhambra and speak to a master guitar maker to find out what flamenco really is. Come along to jam with the Gypsies of Granada.
Disfruta amigos! Ole!
As Marko and I plan our next 6 month adventure around the world, I look back on an amazing and formative experience in my life.
In August of 2012, I set off on an expedition with Ken Hames, a former Major in the British Special Forces and BBC TV presenter. Our goal was to cross the Otjihipa Mountains in Northern Namibia, one the most remote regions in the world. We wanted to find a sub-tribe of the Himba, the Chimba. The Chimba are some of Africa’s last hunter-gatherers and exist in almost complete isolation.
Our journey lasted three weeks and was fraught with danger and setbacks. It took us 6 days off-road to arrive to the Otjihipa mountain range only to have our Land Rover break down 15km from our goal, the Kunene River. From there we set off on foot and battled the elements; searing heat during the day and frigid temperatures at night. During this expedition I learned the importance of team-work, determination, and the immense power we all have, the power of the mind.
For those who say there is nothing left to explore in our world… I most certainly disagree.
Thank you Mark Tattersall of Ainsworth & Parkinson Ltd. for the edit.
Tags: Africa, Alex Ayling, Danger, Expedition, Exploration, Himba, Ken Hames, Namibia, Travel, Tribe, Vagabrothers
Vagabrother Alex recounts the past few weeks in San Sebastián where the pace of life has accelerated drastically since being named a top ten finalist in My Destination’s Biggest Baddest Bucket List.
What a crazy past few weeks it has been over here in San Sebastián. Ever since Mydestination.com announced the finalists to the Biggest Baddest Bucket List we have been a wild roller coaster ride!
Here is a quick video edit of Alex’s radio interview with Cadena Ser from last week. In it he explains more about the BBB contest, a bit of history about the Vagabrothers and their views on travel and exploration.
Categories: Films., Words.
Tags: #mybbb, Alex Ayling, Basque Country, CadenaSer, Euskadi, Exploration, interview, mydestination.com, radio, San Sebastian, Travel, Vagabrothers
What a crazy adventure, where to begin and how? The last month has been hectic, March Madness is not just about Basketball, Mark left Spain and is back in California (visa’s are an unfortunate reality of travel). With Mark gone, two of my childhood friends, Andy and David came out to visit. We found a ridiculously cheap camper van rental and headed South, into the heart of Andalusia where Spain’s history is on display and very much in your face. Semana Santa is a week-long somber ‘celebration’ of Jesus’s story; it’s where a moribund Catholic Church takes the streets of Spain and reinforces its presence. It’s when the Army, the Church, and the Spanish people get together to celebrate the Reconquista. All week-long from the biggest cities to the smallest pueblos, Jesus and Mary, cloaked in the silver and gold amassed by Conquistadors so many centuries before, make their way through the winding cobble stone streets of Southern Spain. The processions often pass the architectural reminders of a time when Spain was an Islamic country. It’s a fascinating and at times perplexing display of a long, complicated and violent history.
Here is a two-minute taster of what we saw.
Tags: Adventure, Alex Ayling, Andalusia, Catholic Church, Catholicism, Flamenco, Islam, Jesus, Religion, Semana Santa, Spain, Travel, Vagabrothers, Virgin Mary, Wicked Campers
As Scotland prepares to vote on independence from the UK, the Vagabrothers set off in search of Scottish identity, trying to figure out why Scots are so different from the rest of the UK.
To find out, they travel across the country asking locals what it means to be Scottish, replacing their preconceptions with insights on the country’s unique history and culture.
They wind up in some unexpected places, make new friends and come home with great memories.
Tags: Adventure, Alex Ayling, cultural identity, culture, Hebrides, history, identity, Mark Ayling, Scotland, Skerryvore, Surf, Travel, Vagabrothers
Here is the teaser of the documentary that I filmed with SAS Major/ British TV Presenter/ Expedition Leader Ken Hames this August in Namibia. I hope you all enjoy because there is plenty more on the way. Click on the link below the photo.
Tags: Adventure, Africa, Alex Ayling, Backpacking, Danger, Discovery, Exploration, Himba, Ken Hames, Mountain Climbing, Namibia, Unknown, Wild
Well after an amazing 3 weeks in the remote Northern frontier of Namibia, I returned home with all my limbs intact and some amazing experiences, absolutely unforgettable. While the footage is being edited professionally in the UK, I can give you all a brief view into the wilds of Africa with some pictures I took. I hope you enjoy and remember to stay tuned to Vagabrothers, we got a lot of great content coming soon.