Category Archives: Spanish culture

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


Madrid vs Barcelona – comparing the incomparable with Daniel Welsch



The great Spanish city face-off. Yes, it’s the question so many people ask – which city is best, Madrid or Barcelona? And it’s a difficult question to give a definitive answer to! To help me compare these two amazing Spanish cities I speak to Daniel Welsch who has the great privilege of actually living in … Continue reading Madrid vs Barcelona – comparing the incomparable with Daniel Welsch


When in Spain TV Guide: 14 Top Spanish TV shows to entertain, educate & exasperate



I have a flick through the best of Spanish TV to bring you 14 of my favourite TV shows and series. I’ve rounded up a bunch of programmes that I find entertaining, useful for learning and practicing Spanish and that have given me an insight into Spanish culture, society and history. Put your feet up … Continue reading When in Spain TV Guide: 14 Top Spanish TV shows to entertain, educate & exasperate


Costa de la Luz Road Trip: From Cádiz to La Doñana & beyond to Portugal



Road trip number two of 2019. Join us for as we holiday across Spain’s Costa de la Luz. First stop, Cádiz, one of my favourite Spanish cities. I describe the faded grandeur of this once-powerful city, soak up the atmosphere of its squares and streets and contemplate the city’s history and geography. Then on to … Continue reading Costa de la Luz Road Trip: From Cádiz to La Doñana & beyond to Portugal


Happy as a Partridge – Author Kate Boyle on Life & Love in Madrid



Author, Kate Boyle talks about her novel Happy as a Partridge – Life and Love in Madrid. Kate spent two-and-a-half years living and teaching English in Madrid. Kate recounts her own experience of living in the Spanish capital which inspired her to write her first book whose protagonist is Evie Fuller, a girl approaching her thirties … Continue reading Happy as a Partridge – Author Kate Boyle on Life & Love in Madrid


Discovering the Arabic Influence on Spanish Language with David Bowles



What do the Spanish words Hasta, Loco, Barrio, Aceite, Moreno, Ojalá, Chaleco, Tarea and Fideo all have in common? They’re all Arabic origin words that have been absorbed into the Spanish language. Spanish has some 1,000 Arabic roots and about 3,000 derived words, so nearly 4,000 in total, that’s 8% of the Spanish language.  In … Continue reading Discovering the Arabic Influence on Spanish Language with David Bowles


Lost & Found in Spain: Tales of An Ambassador’s Wife



I speak to Susan Solomont about her new book Lost & Found in Spain – Tales of an Ambassador’s Wife. When Susan’s husband, Alan Solomont was appointed US Ambassador to Spain under President Obama, she left her career in philanthropy, her friends and family to join her husband for three-and-a-half-years in Madrid. In this episode … Continue reading Lost & Found in Spain: Tales of An Ambassador’s Wife


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


Walking El Camino de Santiago with Soul Camino’s Adrian Flude



In this episode I talk to Adrian Flude, an avid walker of El Camino de Santiago, Spain´s famous pilgrim route to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Adrian has walked El Camino no fewer than seven times and is something of an expert on The Way of St James. We explore the history of the … Continue reading Walking El Camino de Santiago with Soul Camino’s Adrian Flude


Discovering Spanish wine with Luke Darracott & Roque Madrid



This week I’m talking all about el vino, Spanish wine. To help me explore the world of Spanish wine I’ve enlisted the help of wine lovers, wine experts Luke Darracott and Roque Madrid. In the episode I head along to their wine shop called Madrid & Darracott where we talk about the history of Spanish … Continue reading Discovering Spanish wine with Luke Darracott & Roque Madrid