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January on Instagram with Cook Sip Go

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This last month went by quickly – I spent the final third of January in Spain (with an excessive number of hours transiting in airports), so a lot of my photographs on the Instagram feed were dedicated to scenes from that country. For a good portion of January I was prepping for the trip, editing photos and all of the other fun things that travel blogging entails. Without those static moments, none of this would be possible, as blogging and being on the road are quite difficult to manage when you’re the only one behind the curtain. Here are some of my favorite shots from the past month and, as always, a bit more background to them.

My feelings about monkeys are mixed. While certainly cute and interesting, they are reprehensible thieves and are not to be trusted under any circumstances. Still, I like taking pictures of them. New year, new monkey pic.

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Nairobi offers some very green spaces. Karura Forest is a protected area that straddles a few neighborhoods in the suburbs. A hike under the shade leads to a waterfall and some cooler temperatures along the streams flowing from it.

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I also shared some landscape and wildlife shots from my travels in Kenya. Earlier in January I authored a post explaining why I am strongly supporting the #JustOneRhino campaign.

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A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

Long-time readers will recall that I dedicated an entire week of daily posts dealing with Spain very early in the life of this blog. My love for the country, its culture and its cuisine endures and my time in the south and east of the country was as fascinating and delicious as expected. The trip started in Seville, where I sampled some artistically crafted tapas (cuttlefish on buckwheat below) and wandered around the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Alcazar Palace.

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Next up was a visit to several spots in the Sierra de Cádiz. A nighttime tour of the charming town of Ubrique, the sunset in Zahara de la Sierra and an afternoon of feasting on regional specialties were some of the highlights. More on the Sierra de Cádiz is ahead in the coming weeks.

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A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

I had always heard great things about the Catalan city of Tarragona, mostly concerning its wealth of Roman history and lively old town. The lead photo for this post is the city skyline, which clearly did not disappoint. Visiting during the low season meant that I had the cathedral more or less to myself. The best view of the building was from the narrow old town streets.

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My last stop in Spain was Barcelona. I renew my vow to find a way to live in Barcelona whenever I return. Two of my favorite aspects of the city are its architecture and the inhabitants’ dedication to quality food.

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A photo posted by Dave Cole (@cooksipgo) on

As anticipated, my Spain travels brought many compelling stories and images and I will be sharing them on this blog and through my social media accounts. I love interacting with my followers on Instagram – if we haven’t found each other there, let’s connect!

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