Blogs about Spain

Best Blogs about Spain and Expat Life: Tips for Spain, Flamenco in Barcelona, Pintxos in San Sebatian…

Here’s my monthly collection of the best blogs I’ve read about Spain and life as an expat.

Looking at Spain in a different light. Photo by Nasa
Looking at Spain in a different light.
Photo by Nasa

Tips for living in Spain

This is a great article by Melissa on her blog The Intentional Expat about Tips for Spain. Congrats Melissa for getting on Insider’s Abroad’s website.

Pintxos in San Sebastian

Off to San Sebastian any time soon? Then check out this article by Karen on Savour it all about Pintxos in San Sebastian.

Spainish Criminals getting longer time

About time too. Check out this article on Fortune about how Spain are getting tougher on Financial Criminals. Good to see.

China up there with popular destination for expats

A study by HSBC has announced that the top three destinations for expats are Switzerland, Singapore, and China. I’ve never been to Singapore, but out of Switzerland and China I’d probably go for China. I loved it there and would love to have lived there longer. Seems others are heading there too.

Flamenco in Barcelona

Fancy learning flamenco in Barcelona? Have a look at what 365thingsBarcelona suggest on their latest blog titled Things to do Spainish: Flamenco.

That’s all for this month. My next post will be about why I chucked a jug of cold water on a woman this morning.

In Search of a Better Spain

In Search of a Better Spain: Bewildered in Bilbao!

Arriving in Bilbao was much like falling out of a nightclub in Camden at 6 a.m.; at least it was around by my hostel. The early bus ride from Santander had been a dozy, slightly hungover, one after my night out in Santander, but by the time we pulled up in the Termibus station, I was upbeat and ready to explore.

I was a bit of a trek away from the city centre, so I caught the metro. Being on such a modern, clean and fresh smelling metro reminded me of the one in Bangkok. Soon I was in the centre at Abando, a short walk away from the River Nervión.

Centre of Bilbao, rather spacious, don't you think? Photo by gatogrunge
Centre of Bilbao, rather spacious, don’t you think?
Photo by gatogrunge

I had been expecting a small, cramped city centre, much like the back streets of Sevilla, but there was so much space about. The roads and bridges were all wide and lack of people meant there was plenty of personal space. Once over the bridge I sat down on the steps in Arriaga plaza and gazed around at the beautiful buildings and green hills in the background. Bilbao had made a great first impression.

Then the adventure began. I strolled along the river until I came to the next bridge and crossed back over heading towards my hostel. Once in the back streets I felt as if I’d been teleported into a different city. A group of skinhead lads stumbled out of an all night disco while bassy trance music polluted the air. By the state of their eyes and sweaty faces I guessed they’d been on more than just a few beers. As I passed, I noticed a couple of young ladies sitting in a doorway sharing a joint. When I heard the skinheads shouting out, I kept my head down and picked up the pace. Continue reading “In Search of a Better Spain: Bewildered in Bilbao!”

Expat Focus blogs, Expat Issues

What have you learnt as an Expat parent?

Why do people stare at me so much? Photo by Morton 1905
Why do people stare at me so much?
Photo by Morton 1905

After surviving my first year as an expat Dad without too many major hiccups, I’d thought I’d share a few thoughts on what I’ve learnt so far. It’s been such a great year and an immense learning curve.

The article was posted this week on Expat Focus and is titled Five things I’ve learnt in my First Year as an Expat Dad. I talk about how life has changed, interfering Spanish grannies, how people stare, feeling more at home, and why I love being a Dad so much.

To have a look at my other articles for Expat Focus you can see my Columnist Page.