Category Archives: Lifestyle

20 things you should and shouldn’t do in Spain – Insights for an authentic Spanish experience!



A round up of do’s and don’ts to make your experience in Spain as authentic and enjoyable as possible. Spain, like any country when we’re not too familiar with it at first, can feel complicated and overwhelming. Especially when we don’t have any kind of cultural compass to guide us along the way. Whether you … Continue reading 20 things you should and shouldn’t do in Spain – Insights for an authentic Spanish experience!


Self-sufficiency in Extremadura with author Paul Richardson – Hooch, hogs & homemade soap



Author and journalist Paul Richardson joins me to talk about life living off-grid on his farm El Chabolino (The Little Shack) https://chabolino.com/ in deep Extremadura. Paul and his husband are almost completely self-sufficient and live from what they produce on their 12-acres of Spanish countryside. Which means tending fruit trees, olive groves and making wine … Continue reading Self-sufficiency in Extremadura with author Paul Richardson – Hooch, hogs & homemade soap


Málaga & The Costa del Sol with travel journalist Lisa Francesca Nand



This week I‘m joined by travel journalist and host of The Big Travel Podcast, Lisa Francesca Nand.  Lisa spent her childhood living on the Costa del Sol from the age of seven when her parents relocated from the north of England to the fishing village of Los Boliches near Fuengirola. Lisa recalls her childhood memories … Continue reading Málaga & The Costa del Sol with travel journalist Lisa Francesca Nand


Comedy as an antidote to the frustrations of living in Spain – Laughter is the best medicine with Richard Marshall



British comedian Richard Marshall from Madrid Stand Up Comedy talks to me about the frustration and isolation we can face when moving to Spain. Richard shares with us how he’s used comedy as an antidote to overcome the anxieties of immersing himself in a new culture and language. We also had lots of laughs examining … Continue reading Comedy as an antidote to the frustrations of living in Spain – Laughter is the best medicine with Richard Marshall


Moving to Spain a little later in life – a journey of personal growth & reinvention with Cepee Tabibian



Are you thinking of starting a new life in Spain but feel like you’ve left it too late? Do you want to break free of your routine and start a journey of reinvention, self-discovery and personal growth? Is it too late to change your life when you’re already in your 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond? … Continue reading Moving to Spain a little later in life – a journey of personal growth & reinvention with Cepee Tabibian


Secrets of the Menú del Día – The history & future of Spain’s lunchtime meal deal



Join me and journalist, Fiona Govan from The Local news website as we eat our way through a Menú del Día – Spain’s great value fixed-price lunch menu which you can find in pretty much any restaurant in Spain, although often tourists and visitors are not sure what it is or what it includes. Find … Continue reading Secrets of the Menú del Día – The history & future of Spain’s lunchtime meal deal


Moving to Spain checklist with relocation coach Molly Piccavey



Are you thinking about making the move to Spain? Wondering where to live and how to buy or rent a property? Do you want to look for work or retire to Spain? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then this episode is for you. I chat with Molly Piccavey who runs … Continue reading Moving to Spain checklist with relocation coach Molly Piccavey


Eat Out Madrid – Talking about Spain’s food lover community with Valentina Ruffoni



I talk about the Madrid restaurant scene and foodie community in the Spanish capital with Eat Out Madrid founder Valentina Ruffoni. Eat Out Madrid is a Facebook community where food fans can share their personal reviews, recommendations and photos. I talk to Valentina about Madrid’s restaurant scene, dining culture and culture shocks and favourite foods … Continue reading Eat Out Madrid – Talking about Spain’s food lover community with Valentina Ruffoni


Moving to Spain with Children with Lisa Sadleir from Family Life in Spain



I talk to Lisa Sadleir who runs the Family Life in Spain blog about the practicalities of moving to Spain with children. Lisa has spent more than 20 years in Spain and has raised her own two children here and she’s also helped many other families make the move. We examine all of the factors … Continue reading Moving to Spain with Children with Lisa Sadleir from Family Life in Spain


Vegan & Vegetarian Spain with The Alternative Travelers



This week I explore the vegan and vegetarian food scene in Spain with vegans, bloggers and full-time travellers Sam and Veren. Sam and Veren run a sustainable vegan travel blog, alternativetravelers.com and have spent time living, working and travelling and of course eating vegan in Spain. They’ve recently published The Madrid Vegan Guidebook and have … Continue reading Vegan & Vegetarian Spain with The Alternative Travelers