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What a Year It’s Been: Slow Travels, Books & Other Launches into the Unknown

This is an essay I’ve been wanting to write for a while now, as a means to honor the year behind us as well as to set forth some intentions for the year ahead.

Having just shared a gorgeous homemade meal with Mufidah — lasagne, a simple lettuce salad, and a bottle of Chianti (nearly half of which went into the Bolognese sauce!) — this fine, yet rain-soaked evening in Tuscany is an ideal time for me to pen just such a post.

Perhaps it’ll likewise be a timely read for you when you stumble upon it. If so, sit back, ideally with a hot cup of Bialetti coffee, like I’m doing while writing, and enjoy the read, considerations and photographs, taken this past week (with the exception of our pet-sitting friends), now set before you.

First a bit of backstory for those who’ve not followed Mufidah’s and my Read more

Burgos² — A Book of Our Acclaimed Instagram Photographs of Burgos, Spain

Images from Burgos² © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias & Sean M. Madden

Images from Burgos² © 2013 Mufidah Kassalias & Sean M. Madden

Absolutely brilliant!! It’s a fantastic book, congratulations!
A very complete view on the city, its people and landscapes.”
— Héctor Jiménez, Diario de Burgos

In early December, Mufidah and I launched Burgos², our book of Instagram photographs of Burgos, Spain. The 144-page hardcover book contains 367 of our 1,400+ Instagram photos of Burgos, both city and province, and is available on Blurb, where you can preview the entire book (see Burgos2.com for direct links to the book page in the UK, U.S. and Spain stores).

These are the photographs which, in the words of Diario de Burgos journalist Héctor Jiménez, made us “famous on Burgos social networks more than a year ago,” and which inspired Jiménez to feature us in two separate articles — published exactly a year apart, on 25 November 2012 and 2013 — in the city and province’s main daily newspaper. Read more

Reflections upon Seasons Past and Present

It’s been a little over a month since we left the north coast of Cornwall.

We drove off in the afternoon, stopped for a spell in Lyme Regis, and continued on throughout the remainder of the evening beneath the full moon of August to our friend Kate’s house, a short drive from our former hometown of Lewes, the county town of East Sussex.

When I started this post, it was, likewise, beneath the full moon, the harvest moon of September. But this time the moon shone upon us in South West France, in the Midi-Pyrénées. We’re house- and pet-sitting at a place scarcely to be imagined, so tucked away are we in our own hundred-acre world surrounded Read more