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!
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
In this week’s When in Spain episode I take us on a wander around El Rastro, Madrid’s sprawling outdoor market where you can find almost anything. Whether visiting as a tourist or living in the Spanish capital, El Rastro flea market is a must-see and is one of the most ‘castizo’ things you can experience … Continue reading Spain’s most famous market: El Rastro de Madrid, sights, sounds & history – WIS024
This week an episode on Spain’s most controversial tradition, bullfighting. During the show I attend a ‘corrida’ at Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring with a Spanish friend to see this ancient spectacle in the flesh. I didn’t enjoy or agree with what I witnessed, that I expected. But I wanted to see if I could understand … Continue reading Bullfighting. Art or bloodsport? A trip to Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring – WIS018
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
Ever contemplated ditching the 9-5 office job and escaping to sunnier climes to teaching English abroad? In this episode I interview friend and fellow EFL teacher Liam Hoofe about teaching English as a foreign language in Spain. We compare notes about our experiences in the classroom, job hunting and teaching English around the world. We … Continue reading Teaching English in Spain, experiences, advice & qualifications
In episode six of When in Spain I go out to buy milk and get thinking about the strange and colourful Spanish expressions that revolve around milk or ‘la leche’. Learn some of these milky expressions in this episode and find out about their origins. Also, I take a look ahead to future When in … Continue reading Why are Spaniards so obsessed with milk? Linguistically speaking!
In episode five of When in Spain we take a whistle-stop tour around Spain’s four biggest cities in search of the best neighbourhoods to rent rooms and apartments. We compare Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Seville. Paul gives a flavour of dozens of neighbourhoods, from the hip and trendy, to the studenty, traditional and family friendly. … Continue reading Where to rent in Spain – Cities & Neighbourhoods WIS005
In episode four of When in Spain I look at how to rent a room or apartment in Spain. The focus is on Spain’s four biggest cities, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. Click on the player above to listen to the episode and hear all about my ups and downs of finding somewhere to rent in Madrid. … Continue reading Renting a room or apartment in Spain WIS004
Hola a todos!! In episode three of When in Spain I guide us around the Feria de San Isidro in Madrid and take in the sights, sounds and flavours. To hear all the festivities hit play on audio player above and immerse yourself in all things Feria! FOLLOW WHEN IN SPAIN 📺Subscribe on YouTube: https://bit.ly/2SOrKrL 👨👩👧👦Join the When in … Continue reading Spain’s Festivals – La Feria de San Isidro