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Wow, how many tourists in Spain?

España bate el récord de turistas extranjeros con 31 millones de visitantes entre enero y julio – elmundo.es economí­a

31 Million tourists in Spain between January and July this year. No prizes for guessing what the country’s major industry is then… I wonder how that compares to France?

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Podcast No. 11! The teleferico de Madrid


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Today’s podcast comes from one of Madrid’s most curious attractions, the Teleferico…

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Podcast No. 10! A postcard from Gandia


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Aerial view of Gandia, on the east coast of Spain below Valencia.
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Podcast No. 9! A postcard from Cordoba


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  • Notes and links coming soon…
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Round the coast of Iberia on a bike

I’ve just been watching Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boreman’s ‘Long Way Round‘ in which they drive east from London to New York, and I’m wondering, how far is it around the coastal outline of the Iberian Peninsular? How long would it take? When I am getiing my BMW 650 GS??? 🙂

Watch this space…

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Re-translation required?

Try the delicious home cooking at the Hostal Cantabrico:

“Every day we prepared a homemade menu, of traditional kitchen, to a very economic price, trying about not defrauding to Carolus our close doll that shows with pride the menu that our guests will taste soon…”

“The pig is toasted it, we stewed with vegetables and potatoes, fillets to the La Riojan so that our head does not get upset. The pork loin is good-good.”

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Podcast No.6 ! The Plaza Mayor and beyond…


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A sound seeing, podcasting, photo walking tour in Madrid… inspired by the book

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I once wrote a book about Spain…

My book, ‘Errant in Iberia’, is a kind of travel auto-biography covering my first three years in Spain.

Click here for details of how to get hold of ‘Errant in Iberia’

Part of the synopsis I sent publishers reads:

“In 1998 I left London with vague plans of spending a short time in Spain and taking some photographs. I arrived in Madrid, with barely a word of Spanish, and ended up staying for good. The story follows my first three years in the country, and includes: journeys through Spain, wild fiestas, bewildering confrontations with Spanish culture and family life, the renovation of a decrepit flat in Madrid’s old quarter, and an intimate portrait of a traditional inner city neighbourhood.”

Well, Lonely Planet nearly published it – they even got as far as writing editorial notes all over it – but they returned it to me in the end. So I thought I might as well publish it myself, ‘on-line’. I think it’s a pretty good take on what it means to leave your country and make a new start somewhere else. It covers a lot of aspects of living and working in Spain, and is full of journeys you might want to make one day. Feel free to download and read it – and if you get that far, then do let me know what you think!