Polvoranca: the cursed ghost town outside Madrid

Situated just south of Madrid, between Alcorcón and Leganés, is a small park called Polvoranca that used to be a town. I learned about it when I was looking for a place to take Mitzy to run around. The park has trails, a lake, and open grassy areas. It also has the ruins of the…

Sevilla, soul of Andalucía

Sevilla is one of the Spanish cities that I knew I had to see at least once. It’s the capital of Andalucía (the southern region of Spain) and the birthplace of flamenco. Rick Steves says it’s the southern city with the most soul, and that you should just walk around and soak up the atmosphere….

Colorful Córdoba

Any time I’m presented with the chance to travel, especially to a new place, I try my best to take up the offer. In this case, my aunt and uncle were traveling down to southern Spain after their stay in Madrid, and invited me to come along. So I took the fast train and met…

Cuenca: Diamond in the Rough

When my aunt and uncle came to visit me in Madrid, they mentioned that they wanted to also see a town or two nearby. Something small, quaint, interesting, charming…and I thought, well that’s every town I’ve ever been to in Spain! I always say that every city and town in Spain has its own charm…

My experience at the international wolf conference in Spain

On April 20th to 23rd, the Iberian Wolf Center of Castilla and León (Centro del Lobo Ibérico de Castilla y León), their local government, the University of León, and various other entities hosted an international wolf conference with the title “Management and Conservation of the Wolf in Europe and North America: An Unresolved Conflict”. The…

Semana Santa in Madrid

Anyone who has taken a Spanish class has probably learned about the famous “Semana Santa” celebrated in Spain. It means holy week, and it’s the week leading up to Easter (so the dates vary from year to year). There are many traditions that are practiced during that week, including special food, events, and for many,…

Are you fluent in Spanish yet?

Today marks one year since I’ve moved to Spain, so I wanted to talk about something that I’ve gotten a lot of practice in over the last year: learning Spanish! They say the best way to learn a language is to move to a country that speaks it. From that idea, many people conclude that if…

Exploring Madrid and Toledo

My English friend Chloe came to visit the first week of March. We met a couple years ago at the California Wolf Center, where she did an internship and I was an employee. I enjoy showing visitors around, as it allows me to play tourist and enjoy the things that the city has to offer. It’s…

Málaga and Nerja

I’ve got so much catching up to do here (this post is about a trip I took 2 weeks ago) and my excuse is that we’ve moved to a new apartment, celebrated Diego’s birthday, and hosted a friend from England for a week all in the past 10 days. Anyway, I’m excited to share my…

Granada, my first taste of southern Spain

The last weekend in January called us down to Granada, Spain for a friend’s surprise birthday party. This was my first official trip to the south of Spain, so in addition to the excitement of the party, I was so happy to finally be making my way to Andalucía. “Everyone” says that southern Spain is…

Animal rehab and American comforts

Life continues to fly by here in Madrid and I’m riding the train wondering if it could stop for a bit, or at least slow down? John Mayer worded it well in his song “Stop This Train” So scared of getting older I’m only good at being young So I play the numbers game To find a…

25+ things about Spain that surprise Americans

Here are 25 (okay, 29) things that surprise Americans when they come to Spain. This list was originally written by lacabezallena.com in Spanish (here). I love the list so much (and can relate to it) that I’ve decided to translate it to English here so that my friends and family back home can appreciate it…