Your mail and missives: falling for Belgrade, chilling in Italy, remembering Andalucía and meeting the locals
In our mailbag: spying the architecture of Andalucía; city-breaking in Bergamo; meeting Uganda’s indigenous people; and much, much more...
I recently read your Andalucía article [ October 2017; issue 180] and it made for great reading. I loved the accounts of the villages and hikes, which were off the beaten tourist track. This is an area that’s very doable independently. We spent a week there during Semana Santa (Holy Week) in 2013, and managed to easily use buses to get around. Homestays in the area are well worth considering as well.
Reading about Andalucía brought back many memories, the most prominent one being our first view of Alhambra from Mirador San Nicolás in Albaicín. Across a forested valley, Alhambra rose grandly in the golden light of sunset. We visited the site to take in the intricate architecture but that first view was unbeatable. Nandini Chakraborty, Leicester
A people person
Many of your readers will be familiar with the Maasai people of Kenya, but fewer know of the Karamojong of north-east Uganda. Meeting them was a very rewarding experience, as we discovered after a recent visit to the Moroto and Kidepo areas.
In the mornings we were out in the open bush. We spent hours with the Karamojong in this staggering location, witnessing scenes that must have been unchanged for centuries. A visit to a nearby village consisted of a dozen or so small mud huts. Here, we were mobbed by hordes of children, who seemed delighted to have a couple of foreigners to play with. And in the village we met with older people – mostly women – who seemed equally pleased to see us. Unforgettable. Bob Brewer, via email
Italy minus the fuss
I’ve just come back from a fantastic break in Bergamo. And as if the Italian backstreets of Città Alta weren’t pretty enough, the glorious winter sunshine was too good to miss on a trip to the villages of Varenna and Bellagio, on the shores of Lake Como.
We arrived via budget flights, and the regular trains to Varenna from Bergamo left us hardly enough time to flick through November’s issue of Wanderlust! We threw in a stop-off in Milan on the way back to Bergamo, just to catch a glimpse of the Duomo cathedral. Of course, you can just as easily base yourself in Milan... but the hustle wasn’t for us. Philippa Bailey, via email