Tag Archives: living in spain

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


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


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


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


Ben Curtis and Marina Diez from Notes in Spanish – WIS017



Spanish podcast pioneers, Ben Curtis, an Englishman from Oxford and Marina Diez, a native Madrileña have run the Notes in Spanish podcast since 2006 for all Spanish language learners. They also produced the Notes from Spain podcast series about Spanish life and culture. Ben and Marina and their podcasts were a huge inspiration for me when deciding to … Continue reading Ben Curtis and Marina Diez from Notes in Spanish – WIS017


The Spanish NIE & Residency – Why you need it and how to get it WIS010



In Episode Ten of When in Spain I look at how to get the all-important Spanish NIE number and residency card. In this show I’ll explain why it’s crucial to get the NIE if you’re planning to live, work, study, retire or buy a property in Spain. I’ll guide you through the application process and … Continue reading The Spanish NIE & Residency – Why you need it and how to get it WIS010


Thinking Spanglish – A survivor’s guide to learning Spanish WIS008



Anyone learning Spanish will tell you that the journey is long and full of twists and turns. Are you struggling to maintain motivation? Tongue-tied when it comes to talking? Does Spanish grammar fill you with dread? Should you even bother to learn Spanish if you’re living in Spain or planning to move here? In episode … Continue reading Thinking Spanglish – A survivor’s guide to learning Spanish WIS008


Welcome to When in Spain! WIS001



¿What is this When in Spain…? Ever wanted to know what it’s like to live, work and play in Spain? Yes? Well, click on the play button above and I’ll tell you…Or better still, subscribe to the podcast!  When in Spain is a weekly podcast series, recorded in Madrid (and other parts of Spain) accompanied by this blog, where I’ll … Continue reading Welcome to When in Spain! WIS001