Getting to Know You: Madrid

Getting to know youuuuu, getting to know all about youuuu – I feel like Julie Andrews in the King and I, except I’m talking about a city, not the King of Siam. When I first got to Spain nearly two months (!!!!) ago, I was so excited to be in Spain that every weekend I…

NaNoWrMo

No, it’s not the sound a weird robot makes when it’s broken (though now I bet you’re all trying to say it out loud and now sound like a robot yourself, or maybe that’s just me?). It stands for National Novel Writing Month, a challenge undertaken by writers across the globe (so why is it…

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,…

Visiting the Visigoths in Recópolis

We all know about the Romans and their exploits, conquering a large part of Europe as we know it today; Spain is no different. The Romans were the original founders of many cities in Spain, such as Zaragoza, Valencia, and Mérida, and increased the importance of many other cities. Everyone knows and loves the Romans!…

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…