New Year’s eve in Spain, one big party!

New Year’s Eve in Spain is known as Nochevieja (old night) and it is an awesome time to visit Spain. It is a time of fiestas, traditions, and superstitions. One well known and followed superstition is wearing red underwear on New Year’s eve. It is apparently an important step to bring good luck, especially if…

Christmas in Spain

How do the Spaniard celebrate Christmas? The Holiday season in Spain spans from December 24th to January 6th and is refer to as Navidad. The Christmas shopping season is officially kicked off on November 24th with the lighting of the Christmas lights.  Take a look at Malaga this year. Just spectacular! Christmas is celebrated on…

How can a non-European spend 6 months in Spain legally?

When we were planning our retirement, Terry and I dreamt of spending the winter months somewhere warm and sunny.  The winters in Vancouver are mild but dark and rainy.  I have always had this deep love for Europe and Terry loves it too.  Spain is Europe’s warmest and sunniest destination in the winter months.  So,…

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…