Picture post: Toledo

Español abajo Back in October I went with a couple of friends to Toledo, a small medieval town forty-five minutes' away from Madrid. Back in the sixteenth century it was one of the seats of the Spanish court, before the court moved to Madrid, and it's one of the towns every told me I had … Continue reading Picture post: Toledo

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What I’ve enjoyed eating in November

Español abajo Wait - is it really December? Where's my advent calendar? And the cold, biting wind of the UK that marks Christmas season? We just turned on the central heating in my flat this week - something unthinkable in Ireland! November whizzed past faster than previous months, with more responsibilities at work, extra social … Continue reading What I’ve enjoyed eating in November

Little things I’ve learnt from Madrid

Español abajo When you first tell people that you'll be spending part of the year in Spain, their reaction almost always involves phrases such as "You'll get good weather there!"; "Oooh! Churros!"; "You'll meet a handsome Spanish man there, no doubt!" And, whilst these are not wrong impressions of Spain (I have indeed seen many … Continue reading Little things I’ve learnt from Madrid

Picture post: Alcalá de Henares, Spain

Click on the pictures to make them bigger. Español abajo Ever since my initial decision to come to Madrid, I knew that I wanted to visit Alcalá de Henares. It's a town about forty minutes away from Madrid by train, home to a famous university, an old corral de comedias (theatre), and, most importantly for me, Cervantes' … Continue reading Picture post: Alcalá de Henares, Spain

What I’ve enjoyed eating in October

October marked the month when the weather really started to turn to autumn here. Moments of warm, intense sunshine contrasted with bitterly cold mornings and some freak rain showers. Hence my rather odd array of food choices this month - chunky vegetable soups and the odd ice-cream or salad. Here are a few of the … Continue reading What I’ve enjoyed eating in October