Seven favorite photos


I’m participating in HostelBookers’ 7 Super Shots–here they are.

I need Spain


Spanish products I’m missing in the US

O Little Town of Belén


Madrid goes all out building elaborate belenes, or nativity scenes. Here are six worth checking out.

I’ll have a weird Christmas


Four strange Christmas traditions from around Spain.

Spain goes to the polls


Disenchanted with the way things have gone in the last few years, Spaniards overwhelmingly voted in a new government last week: the conservative People’s Party (PP). While their victory came as no surprise, it will be interesting to watch how things change, for better or for worse, under the new leadership. But I’m not here […]

Five ways Madrid has changed me


How my attitudes and Spanish experience have changed in the more-than-six years I’ve lived in Madrid.

Spanish-style hot chocolate: where to get it

Churros con chocolate

My favorite places for hot chocolate in Madrid, Barcelona, and Bayonne, France

Pintxos, pintxos, pintxos!


The time has come for me to tell you about one of my favorite things in all of Spain: the pintxo bars of San Sebastian.

Txoko-licious: A Basque dinner

Tomato salad

“Here’s the rowing team, which is how the society began.” Juan Carlos, who goes by Charly, interprets his gastronomic society’s coat of arms for me. “The rings represent friendship, this is music, and here is the seal of the city.” These panels explain everything: compatriots from Irun who used to row and like to sing. […]

Tortilla Smackdown, Part 4: Tortilla with a twist

Ham and cheese tortilla

The Viatrix’s sister in-law shares her ham-and-cheese tortilla recipe. With video!