Bilbao from above.

A City Called Bilbo

Yes, fellow Tolkienites, you read right. There exists a city in this world called Bilbo, and it’s as awesome as the name. Located in the north of Spain in El pais vasco (Basque Country), it’s known more widely as Bilbao, but Bilbo is the name in Basque, the local language. I don’t even know where to…

A Pilgrimage to London

Full disclaimer: I’m a huge Anglophile. I watch mainly British television (sometimes so much that I accidentally say some words with a British accent – I’ve been called out on it before by English friends, I’m not lying), listen to a shit ton of British music (just saw the Arctic Monkeys for the first time…

Feliz Navidad: Winter Holiday Traditions in Spain

So I know it seems like the holidays are over, but in Spain the holiday season stretches until January 6th, so I’m not late with this post! Read on to learn more about the interesting holiday traditions around this time of year: The Basics December 24th & 25th: Nochebuena, (Christmas Eve) and Navidad (Christmas Day)…

Madrid Mondays: Christmas in Madrid

I have to be honest in prefacing this post; I haven’t been feeling the Christmas spirit too much this year. Maybe it’s because it’s my first time away from home during the holidays (gotta admit, Thanksgiving was kinda sad, though we did have a successful turkey dinner to make up for it), or maybe it’s…

Madrid Mondays: Relaxing in Retiro

So I posted a little while back about wanting to write more about Madrid. I had in my mind ‘Madrid Mondays’ to write about Madrid every week! Although I have a decent amount of free time, last month I was writing every day for National Novel Writing Month, and although I managed to complete the…

You’re going to Ibiza…in November?

That was pretty much the reaction I got from everyone when I announced I was going to the ultimate summer destination…in the winter.  While I explained that I had found a 30 Euro round trip flight (my first Ryanair flight – went off without a hitch!) and was visiting a friend who I had met…

Getting to Know You: Madrid

Getting to know youuuuu, getting to know all about youuuu – I feel like Julie Andrews in the King and I, except I’m talking about a city, not the King of Siam. When I first got to Spain nearly two months (!!!!) ago, I was so excited to be in Spain that every weekend I…