Madrid and driving on Spain highways

Madrid and driving on Spain highways We are just back from a great 3 days getaway in Madrid. Here are our tips and notes which you might find interesting or helpful if you plan to go someday. We drove from the costa del sol on highway A4 and it took us 6 hours including 2…

Madrid’s Mercado San Miguel, an absolute Foodie’s paradise

We just got to Madrid and discovered the Mercado San Miguel right next to the little apartment we rented for 3 nights by Plaza Mayor. What an amazing place. Muy maravilloso!!! We have never seen anything like this. It is an epicurean’s delight of food to buy and eat on the spot with a glass…

Here is my Spanish language friend Sandra!

I completed my first two week Spanish course but I need much practice.  I therefore found a friend to speak with a couple of times a week.  Here is the gorgeous and fun Sandra.  She is mucho guapa y muy sympatica!!  We talk of everything and nothing and she is very patient even if I…

What is the weather like in southern Spain in the fall?

We got here on November 1er and so far, we had one cloudy half day and an evening of thunderstorm.  I did not have to use my umbrella in 3 weeks!  This is a first for me.  In fact, this is the longest stretch of sunshine I have ever been exposed to in my entire…

More sun but also more daylight!

This is a picture taken from our living room this morning.  The sun rised at 7:53am and will set at 6:08pm today.  In Vancouver, by comparison, the sun rises at 7:20am and sets at 4:32pm.  More sunlight is another great benefit of spending the winter in Southern Spain. We like that the sun gets up…

Food Market in Malaga 

Before leaving for Spain, a friend of mine said that markets were not as good as the one in France.  I thought she would be right since she is well travelled and a food lover. She went to France many times and was in Spain recently as well.  I have to say, after having been…

Requirements for bringing our dog to Spain, an unnecessary ordeal.

We think of ourselves as informed and organised people.  We like to research before making decisions and any plans.  Before deciding on this long-term destination, we ensured that our small dog could come with us.  Six months is a long time and we would never think about going away for that long without our little…

Taking a language course in Spain, it’s not that easy!

Six days after our arrival in Spain, I started my spanish lessons at the Escuela Idioma de Nerja.  I took the age 50+ course which consist of a two week, 3 hour a day in class course and evening cultural activities.  You are therefore busy listening, talking, learning the language for six or more hours…