A City Called Bilbo

Yes, fellow Tolkienites, you read right. There exists a city in this world called Bilbo, and it’s as awesome as the name. Located in the north of Spain in El pais vasco (Basque Country), it’s known more widely as Bilbao, but Bilbo is the name in Basque, the local language. I don’t even know where to…

Experiencing Logroño, La Rioja

While I have done day trips outside of Madrid for the past few weekends, I had not yet taken a longer trip, and the four-day weekend I had due to the strikes in the Madrid public school system gave me a perfect opportunity to take one. I had traveled a bit in the south last year,…

Cervantes Festival in Alcalá de Henares

Spaniards take their festivals very seriously; after all, why pass up an opportunity to celebrate with good food, drink, and music! So, as a lover of all things medieval, when I discovered that there was a medieval festival taking place in a medieval town 45 minutes outside Madrid, I knew I had to go. Enter Semana Cervantina, or…