The irony: during my four years living abroad in Houston, Texas; one of my favourite restaurants is called “Andalucia”. Back then, I was quite proud of my knowledge of tapas and flamenco as something distinctively Spanish and remotely Mexican.
Fast forward four years later, when unexpected life events brought me to this part of the world, I realize how little I know about Andalucia. As the cliché goes, the more you travel, the more you realise how little you know about the world. There is always a new place/ culture/ people that’s awaiting to be discovered. Of course, I am determined to educate myself.
The Spanish occupation by the Moors began in 711 AD when an African army from Northern Africa invaded Al-Andalús, or Andalucía as it is today. This 800 years of Moorish ruling has left some of the most magnificent art and architecture that could be seen in Spain today.