Day Trip from Barcelona: Hiking Montserrat

Easily one of the most beautiful days of my life. The first thought that comes to mind when someone says “Barcelona” would be the famous beachfont, La Sagrada Familia, FCB / Camp Nou, La Rambla… but hiking in the mountains? Little do people know that the mountain range 50km northwest of Catalunya’s capital is a magical world entirely … More Day Trip from Barcelona: Hiking Montserrat

How My Trip to Toledo, Spain Was Ruined by a Spanish Shopkeeper who Attacked Me

Everyone who knows me knows how much I love Spain. But there was one particularly nasty incident that marred my experience in the country, and it happened in Toledo. Everybody raves about how beautiful this city is, and there’s no denying that. But instead of walking along the river and enjoying the atmosphere of the … More How My Trip to Toledo, Spain Was Ruined by a Spanish Shopkeeper who Attacked Me

Madrid: Horseback-riding in Manzanares El Real

Anyone who knows me knows that I’m adventurous, fearless to a fault, and hate to say no to new and enriching experiences. On the other hand, my sister is the more cautious, sensible one (she always said whereas she would see the dangers of things, I would see only the possibilities). So when our newfound Madrileña friend Almu … More Madrid: Horseback-riding in Manzanares El Real

Madrid: Catching a Bullfight (Corrida de toros) in Las Ventas

Two days ago I watched a bullfight for the first time in my life in the famous Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas in Madrid, thanks to my Tita Camille and her colleague, a die-hard bullfighting aficionado named Sylvia. When my tita (aunt) first asked me if I wanted to watch it, I hesitated because … More Madrid: Catching a Bullfight (Corrida de toros) in Las Ventas

Madrid Activities: Cycling along Madrid Rio Park (Manzanares Riverside)

Madrid has a great new riverside park, and the best way to discover it is on a bicycle. Unless you’re up for a leisurely 7 kilometer stroll, that is, which is not such a bad idea if you’ve got the time for it. There’s plenty to see and do along the way… Try a return … More Madrid Activities: Cycling along Madrid Rio Park (Manzanares Riverside)