In the main plaza, children and elderly men and women stand on the cobblestones, going through a rehearsal for the Holy Week processions. The children wait, holding staffs with ornate candelabra, candles lit, and a few teenagers stand around talking with drums strapped to their necks. A group of five men–husbands or grandfathers or bachelors–carry… Read More A Brief Peek at Spring, La Granja
Last week, The Sunday Times Travel published an article that has been attracting lots of attention for all the wrong reasons. In today’s uber-connected society where the comment section outshines the article, there will always be people who go out of their way to be offended. This is not one of those times. At the… Read More How not to write about Spaniards
The Biblioteca Nacional de España is a treasure trove of culture. The façade alone is a lesson in the history of Spanish letters. Founded by Felipe V in 1712, it is one of the largest libraries in the world. In a major move toward literary preservation, he required one copy of every book printed in… Read More Spain´s National Library
As a foreigner living in Spain, I am naturally reluctant to throw out an opinion on complex political issues that pervade my host country. Furthermore, I do not want to be the kind of political tourist that searches for human rights issues around the world that don´t fit into my mold of ethics. But it… Read More Thoughts on Catalonia
In the midst of the culture of the Mediterranean, I feel most at home. Especially at the golden hour, the charm of the Mediterranean glows at its most gorgeous in Sardinia. A vast island that requires much patience and driving and time, Sardinia needs much more than a week even to scratch the surface. Impeccable food, friendly… Read More The Endless Island: Sardinia
Two small streams, the Arroyos de Los Carneros and del Morete flow through the thick pine forests of the Sierra de Guadarrama into the palace gardens of La Granja de San Ildefonso. The water collects into a mirror-smooth lake, then pours down an intricate system of canals and piping, and on special occasions, the water… Read More It Tolls for Thee because of the Queen
The beauty of diversity is almost always lost on the provincial. Spain is one of the most diverse countries in the world, something I am reminded of every time I am Galicia, a wonderful region that has a lot to be proud of.