Your mail and mis­sives: fall­ing for Bel­grade, chill­ing in Italy, re­mem­ber­ing An­dalucía and meet­ing the lo­cals

Wanderlust Travel Magazine (UK) - - Contents -

In our mail­bag: spy­ing the ar­chi­tec­ture of An­dalucía; city-break­ing in Berg­amo; meet­ing Uganda’s in­dige­nous peo­ple; and much, much more...

An­dalucían joy

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

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