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My husband and I had lived in Mexico City, LA, Paris, Guadalajara, Oslo, Montreal and Vancouver. On a rainy November night we moved to a small town an hour inland from Malaga. 'Our Andalusian paradise' is about the historical town of Ronda, the mountains that surrounds it, the white villages dotted amongst them, of hikes, donkey trails and excursions around Andalucía and journeys further afield.

The amorous Spanish fly
18 February 2016 @ 15:47

(Still life of Spanish wall with resident fly.  Photo ©

Of course, we have all heard about the infamous Spanish fly, the aphrodisiac that became legendary in movies and folklore myth in this past century. It may seem like a dated form of Viagra to some, but I assure you that the Spanish fly is alive and well.

It has come to our attention that every Spanish home has at least one resident fly. Restaurants often have two, sometimes with spouses. All year around we see these pesky Kamikaza flyers, less abandent now in the winter, more numerous and clingy in the summer months. Unlike usual flies, who are large, slow and frankly a bit dumb, the Spanish fly is persistent to a plague, fast and furious, and often, dear I say, amorous. It is always ready for action, making its lustful attack when least expected, flying straight for an open orifice, a trembling nostril, a temptingly bejeweled ear canal or a slightly parted bottom lip. To assure that they will not end up under a swatter, if they cannot find a human partner, they will swiftly turn onto any available fly-mate to assure the continuation of their lineage.

“Una mosca menos” (one fly less) said our gangly waiter the other day, as he snapped his kitchen towel at an innocent fly. He may have killed one, but his efforts were in vain, as on the next table where two flies in action, proving that the Spanish fly will always be on top…


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