Category Archives: Spanish culture

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


Documenting Madrid’s Romani community with photographer Michael Damanti



In this episode I talk to Mike Damanti, a professional photographer from the United States who moved to Madrid five years ago. While on a quest for artistic inspiration, Mike came across Madrid’s Romani community.  Photographing them over many years and documenting the Romani community’s lives living on the streets of Madrid, he slowly became … Continue reading Documenting Madrid’s Romani community with photographer Michael Damanti


Treading Toledo’s 2000-year history: Mosques, Monasteries & Synagogues



In this episode I pound the steep and winding cobbled streets of the former Spanish capital, Toledo to discover its incredibly rich and varied history. Once a city where Moors, Christians and Sephardic Jews all lived side by side. Capital of Spain until 1563, when the honour passed to the backwater village of Madrid just … Continue reading Treading Toledo’s 2000-year history: Mosques, Monasteries & Synagogues


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


12 Favourite Madrid Streets – Exploding Markets, Weddings, Poodles, Pride, Tapas, Art & Piss!



According to the Madrid City Hall, El Ayuntamiento de Madrid the Spanish capital has 9,139 streets. This week I explore a handful of them with Spain travel consultant, Karen Rosenblum. No, we don’t walk all 9,139 of them, but on our wander around the Spanish capital between us we compile a list of our top … Continue reading 12 Favourite Madrid Streets – Exploding Markets, Weddings, Poodles, Pride, Tapas, Art & Piss!


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


Madrid’s comedy scene with comedians Tricia Audette & Juan Dávila



This week the Madrid comedy scene and a look at bilingual sense humour and how Spanish life inspires comedy, all brought to you by professional funny people Tricia Audette and Juan Dávila from TYF Comedy. In this episode Tricia and Juan talk about how life in Spain as a non-local (Tricia is from Canada) and … Continue reading Madrid’s comedy scene with comedians Tricia Audette & Juan Dávila


Winter warmth in Gran Canaria – Exploring Canary Island life with Alex Bramwell



In this episode I take you with me as I escape the winter blues and head to Las Palmas on Gran Canaria with Karina in search of winter warmth for the New Year. I meet up with Gran Canaria-born photographer and all-round Canary Island expert, Alex Bramwell to explore what Gran Canaria and the other … Continue reading Winter warmth in Gran Canaria – Exploring Canary Island life with Alex Bramwell


Comparing casas: the Spanish home & its curiosities



Since living in Spain I’ve discovered new kitchen contraptions, I’ve used household items that I never used in the UK (mop & bucket comes to mind) and developed an affection for dated furniture, confusing door bells and bidets. I’ve got used to literally hanging my laundry out in public, albeit clean of course! But I … Continue reading Comparing casas: the Spanish home & its curiosities


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