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How to… Get Around Madrid in a Wheelchair

Whilst all other posts in this blog are generally only of interest to pals and creepers (stats tell all), I thought that I should take advantage of the opportunity that a visit by some friends has just afforded me: to talk about what it is like trying to get around in Madrid with a wheelchair user. I … Continue reading How to… Get Around Madrid in a Wheelchair

Partying with the King of Spain

The opportunity of a massive conference for my entire firm yesterday allowed me to pass under the radar and to finally write up a blog post. Yes, I know it's been ages, but I've been mad busy, and just finished a crazy baller 48 hours. So I'm still emotionally recovering from the trauma of doing a presentation … Continue reading Partying with the King of Spain

Ni Hao – great food, and Maeve gets a compliment

As you may or may not know, I am a quarter Chinese. It has essentially no cultural impact on my life, except that my mother and I like to get offended when they make microwaves with the buttons which simply say "Chinese" on them as a reheat option ("Chinese" what? Food? People? New Year?). But no … Continue reading Ni Hao – great food, and Maeve gets a compliment

Granada for a night, and the Tartan Explorer

Usually the topic of talk of life and change has its own special space, mainly in tattoos and in personal statements to get into university. But the concept came to mind because of my return to Granada, where I lived for a year as an Erasmus student back in 2011-12 (and you can read about it here if you … Continue reading Granada for a night, and the Tartan Explorer

The Hostess with the Mostess: various trivial episodes 

Passing the border from Don Quixote-ville into Andalucía, I can feel my old accent returning with every mile. As our most recent visitors, Murray and Sean wanted to do some exploring in the south, I'm heading down to Granada to join them and Ruairidh, and to wander around nostalgically and say annoying things like "oh, … Continue reading The Hostess with the Mostess: various trivial episodes 

Meat, Chueca

Oooh, Madrid loves a suggestive bar and restaurant name (I'm looking at you, Bar Cock and Maderfaker). Chueca joins in the sauciness with burger bar Meat (there's another one in Chamberí, too). Looking like the equivalent to Wannaburger (RIP Edinburgh Queensferry Street), I suggested it to Ruairidh and Markus for another weekday evening repast. The decor is … Continue reading Meat, Chueca

Mastropiero, Malasaña: pizza, anchovies, and an existential crisis

Inspired by a review in Naked Madrid, and finding ourselves in Malasaña of a weekday evening, Ruairidh, Markus and I decided on trying out an artisan pizza restaurant. (Markus appeared in my first blog under the sobriquet WasZurHölle - we met studying in Edinburgh and were in Granada at the same time as well. He now works … Continue reading Mastropiero, Malasaña: pizza, anchovies, and an existential crisis

Día de Muertos: all the Catholic stuff is coming out now…

There were only three people in my Advanced Higher Spanish class at high school, including me. The Languages department decided that on Monday mornings we could take care of ourselves, and instead of teaching us the subjunctive tense, which would have been really really useful for my future life in Spain unable to correctly use the … Continue reading Día de Muertos: all the Catholic stuff is coming out now…