Monthly Archives: April 2019

Holy sweets! Buying convent cookies from cloistered nuns – WIS033



I wanted a biscuit to enjoy with my coffee. But this week instead of heading to a supermarket for a run of the mill cookie, I went on a more mysterious shopping expedition to satiate my sweet fix. Yes, I went to see a nun. Well, actually not see, because like all nuns who bake … Continue reading Holy sweets! Buying convent cookies from cloistered nuns – WIS033


Semana Santa: Easter in Spain, processions, passion & pointy hats



Semana Santa or Holy Week is the biggest religious celebration of the year in Spain. What’s the story behind those ‘pointy hats’ (capirotes)? What the difference is between a ‘Trono’ and a “Paso’ float? And how did this Spanish religious tradition all start? To find out more, Karina and I head down to Málaga to watch … Continue reading Semana Santa: Easter in Spain, processions, passion & pointy hats


Colourful Spanish expressions – A class in streetwise slang & vulgar vocab



Fancy coming to my Spanish class? My classmates, Cat, Matt and Lia and our Spanish teacher, Ana take a break from grammar and share our favourite colourful Spanish expressions, sayings and vulgar vocabulary. If you’re easily offended you might want to skip this episode! Have you ever needed to describe bad sex? Uff! There’s a … Continue reading Colourful Spanish expressions – A class in streetwise slang & vulgar vocab


Top Spanish products – A shopping list of food, drink, fashion & a mop



Products that SCREAM spain! What are they? In this episode of When in Spain I take a walk around Madrid and try to identify 16 quintessential Spanish products, mostly food I have to admit! I also take a look at the stories and history behind the items on my Spanish shopping list. Join me on … Continue reading Top Spanish products – A shopping list of food, drink, fashion & a mop