Seven Spanish Sayings You Need To Add To Your Vocabulary

I love the Spanish language for its versatility; the way you can play with diminutive suffixes, hispanising English nouns, and how very common expressions make actually no sense whatsoever. It's my passion for the latter that has gotten me into the habit of using such common expressions in their direct English translations; telling people to "go straight to the branch" or I'll "give them a pineapple". I'm making fetch happen. [...]

Six Months, Six Defining Moments in Spain

It's hard to believe that just over six months ago I was boarding 30-hour flight for my second stint of long-term livin' la vida loca in Spain. From where I began; huddled by a bucket of hot coals in a tiny, backwater pueblo - to where I am now; living in my own apartment, (hopefully temporarily) unemployed, and battling the Spanish bureaucracy; and all the things that have happened in between. [...]

Six Spanish Habits You Shouldn’t Pick Up

There are many things the Spanish do right; drinking, crazy fiestas, elaborate processions and the arts among them - but then there are the things that they also do oh-so wrong. Anyone who has lived for a time in Spain, and even more so with a Spanish partner or roommates, will have noticed a few of the... ahem... stranger things that they are accustomed to doing. [...]

The Five Best Spots For Tapas in Seville

It's often the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Spanish cuisine; bite-sized, flavoursome little pieces of food called tapas. Tapear is akin to shouting '¡guapa!' at La Virgen during Semana Santa, or riding in a horse-drawn carriage during La Feria - authentically sevillano. [...]

My Most Awkward Spanish Moments

I'm prone to awkward moments in any context, but add a second language to the equation, and the uncomfortable situation rate doubles. Learning Spanish means navigating the world of false friends, innuendo and double entendre. [...]

How to Keep Fit in Spain, Land of Tapas

If last week was Semana Santa, then this week is Semana Sana. After seven days, more than 20 processions and an embarrassing amount of microwave meals and frozen pizzas, I can barely muster the energy to hang the washing out on la azotea. Here's how I'm going to get back into shape. [...]

How to Drink Like a Spaniard

After almost four years of working behind the bar in a small town pub in Australia, I think I can authoritatively say that compared to us, the Spaniards have got this drinking thing sorted. It's simple, sophisticated and not just sangria. [...]

The Dynamics of a Spanish Football Game

If there's one thing that tops a must do-list for visitors to Spain, it's to see a football game. They're world-renowned for their crazy atmospheres, super fans, ridiculously-rich clubs and the general talent level of their players. I'm a crazy sports fan myself, so it was only natural that within weeks of arriving I bought a membership with Real Betis Balompié. [...]

Things Spanish People Like

To the average person a list of things Spanish people like would consist of olive oil, football and ham. But that's only just scraping the surface. The Spanish are more than just oily cured meat-loving football fans... [...]
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