A Day Trip to San Juan del Gaztelugatxe, Basque Country

san juan del gaztelugatxe

Only about 40 kilometers (about 30 minutes) from Bilbao, you can discover a hidden paradise. Gaztelugatxe is an island, connected to the mainland (a town called Bermeo) by a man-made wall, representing a mini-Great Wall of China. Gaztelugatxe is a Basque word, derived from the Basque gaztelu = castle, fort and gaitz = difficult, tremendous. […]

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A Meaty Experience at Sala de Despiece, Madrid

sala-de-despiece Madrid

I knew I was made for a big city. I am absolutely in love with Madrid. The people, the language, the culture, but most of all… the food.  I could eat at traditional Spanish tapas bars every day. Interestingly enough, the best ones can be identified by two things: A) The floors are covered in napkins […]

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Adventures in Cantabria, Spain

Playa de Somo, Cantabria, Spain

Over Easter weekend, I took a trip up to northern Spain, in a region called Cantabria. This area is bordered by the Basque Country to the east, and Castile y Leon to the south (read about adventures in Castile y Leon.) I made friends with two Spanish men when I first came to Spain. They […]

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Adventures in Valbuena de Duero, Spain

Valbuena de Duero wine region

Last week, my mom and I visited a blog-worthy paradise in northern Spain. She had heard from a friend about an amazing 12th century monastery turned hotel, winery and spa… Riiiight up my mom’s alley. We ended up talking to a friend who has lived in Spain for several years, who, out of curiosity, had researched the area after […]

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