Bandits, Soldiers, and Señoritas with Flowers: Spain’s Ronda Romantica Festival

I decided to visit the hilltop town of Ronda, Spain, because I’d heard it was one of the most beautiful of Andalucí­a’s pueblos blancos, or white towns, and because it was fairly easy to access en route from Córdoba to Granada. But my choice turned out to be serendipitous in a way I hadn’t anticipated: My Read More …

Egyptian Whirling Dervish Dancers

Whenever I hear the words “whirling dervish” my mind automatically calls forth the nuns in The Sound of Music singing that Maria “could throw a whirling dervish out of whirl.” But the experience of seeing a dervish dance performed is about as far removed from Rodgers and Hammerstein as you could possibly get. Dervishes are members Read More …