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Alan, along with Elle, is the owner of Spain Buddy. He was born in the North of England (Lancashire) and travelled extensively before eventually settling in Almería. Alan has 3 sons from the first of his 18 marriages, (Sam, Joe & Ben) who are all now adults. You can read more articles by Alan on his personal blog at and see more of his photography on his photography website as well as on Flickr and Instagram. Also, for less than the price of a cup of coffee each month you can help support Alan's photography (and get some freebies into the bargain). Click here to visit his Patreon page to find out more.


  1. nigel beattie
    September 1, 2016 @ 10:10 am

    on the issue of fly tipping i would be interested in collected this rubbish my self, can you advise on where i could go and get the right authority to collect it and clean this up i am interested in ant waste from builders waste to glass, plastic, wood , garden waste etc eyc


    • Elle Draper
      September 1, 2016 @ 11:18 am

      HI Nige4l. This article was written back in 2013 so the “site” may now have moved. But I was always spotting piles of rubbish while out walking in rural areas. I too would be interested in some builders’ rubble (tiles, wood etc) but of course now I want it – I can’t find any! Great for the environment, not great for me.


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