Category Archives: Lifestyle

Becoming Spanish – 17 habits I’ve picked up since living in Spain



Giving everyone two kisses, mixing up Spanish and English, drinking coffee in glasses, wearing flip-flops indoors, being more stingy when tipping and buying everyone a drink when it’s MY birthday. All things I never used to when I lived in the UK! These are just a handful of habits I’ve picked up since living in … Continue reading Becoming Spanish – 17 habits I’ve picked up since living in Spain


Chefugee: food, Spain’s refugees & a project building appetities not walls



In this episode of When in Spain I’m talking about refugees in Spain and a fantastic project and association based here in Madrid called Chefugee.  What is Chefugee? Chefugee collaborates closely with refugees and asylum seekers from all over the world to organize culinary events – from pop up dinners and lunches to catering, team … Continue reading Chefugee: food, Spain’s refugees & a project building appetities not walls


Talking Andalucía with Spain blogger Molly Piccavey



An interview with award-winning Spain blogger and Andalucía expert, Molly Piccavey. In this episode dedicated to Spain’s southern region of Andalucía, we talk about how Molly set-up and has grown her blog piccavey.com to a top 50 travel blog. Molly shares here take on what to see, visit, eat and drink in Andalucía. We’ll also … Continue reading Talking Andalucía with Spain blogger Molly Piccavey


When in Spain reading list: 16 must-read books on Spain



With the Summer holiday season just around the corner, you might be contemplating which books to pack to while away the hours while relaxing or travelling. Assuming you’re a big fan of Spain, I’ve put together a ‘When in Spain Reading List’ of 16 of my favourite reads about Spain. My recommendations include books on Spanish … Continue reading When in Spain reading list: 16 must-read books on Spain


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


Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently : 8 tips to master Spanish – WIS029



Want to speak Spanish fluently? I stop off at The Royal Spanish Academy or Real Academia Española, in the centre of Madrid, ground zero for the Spanish language and home of the Diccionario de la lengua española, the official dictionary of the Spanish language. The Academy’s mission is to ensure the stability of the Spanish language and promote … Continue reading Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently : 8 tips to master Spanish – WIS029


Nine Spanish culture shocks: Habits in Spain I can’t get used to



Nine Spanish culture shocks that I still can’t get my head around, even after living in Spain for nearly six years. Here they are… 1. Volume control? According to the World Health Organisation Spain is the second noisiest country in the world after Japan. This would explain why several times a week I wish I … Continue reading Nine Spanish culture shocks: Habits in Spain I can’t get used to


Valentine’s Day in Spain – Latin lovin’, traditions & soppy vocab 101



Feliz Día de San Valentín!  Love and romance en España. Today is the el 14 de Febrero – the14th February and well rather predictably this episode takes a loving look at Valentine’s Day here in Spain. I’m going to look at what loved-up Spaniards get up to on this special day for lovers – i’ll … Continue reading Valentine’s Day in Spain – Latin lovin’, traditions & soppy vocab 101


Are Spaniards vampires? Shutters, bars & balconies – WIS023



Do Spaniards like the dark despite Spain being one of the sunniest countries in Europe? Maybe you can have too much of a good thing! Spain has between 2,500 and 3,000 hours of sunshine in an average year, compared with just 1,600 in countries such as the United Kingdom. In this episode I ponder the … Continue reading Are Spaniards vampires? Shutters, bars & balconies – WIS023