Lost on the Slopes: adventures in Granada and meanwhile, back at the ranch…

"I haven't seen the film Everest, but I'm more-or-less sure that it was pretty much the same as what happened to us."

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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

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 

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…

Toledo

I had been meaning to go to Toledo for ages, and thanks to my padres coming to visit, plus Hallowe'en getting me in the holy mood (#CatholicStuff), it was the perfect opportunity. The trip absolutely merits the half-hour train ride from Atocha station, and the 20€ fare (I think it's cheaper if you want to … Continue reading Toledo

An Entire Bottle of Wine in One Glass, and Other Anecdotes

I've finally succumbed to the cold. In the grips of cabin fever, I'm left with nothing to do except catching up on uni work read my book on Felipe II, and blogging. It's All Saints Day today, which means - you guessed it - a Tuesday Bank Holiday! The metro to work yesterday had about four … Continue reading An Entire Bottle of Wine in One Glass, and Other Anecdotes

A Fortnight, ft. Jesus’ modesty loincloth

When I thought about what life would be like in Madrid prior to moving here, I had a very bohemian idea in my head that I would have loads of time for reading poetry and looking out of windows, and wearing those harem pant things, and sandals. In particular, with plenty of time to blog. … Continue reading A Fortnight, ft. Jesus’ modesty loincloth

Bank Holiday Wednesday and Looking for Jesus

In 1492 Christopher Columbus accidentally arrived in the Americas and left unto us a revisionist disaster of a reputation, and a Spanish bank holiday. This year, Columbus saw land on a Wednesday. In perplexingly British style, in time for the bank holiday, it was the first rain since we arrived. And it rained basically all … Continue reading Bank Holiday Wednesday and Looking for Jesus

Kissing with Confidence: First week at work

Last week I started my new job! Confidentialityblahblah I work at a law firm (just to ring the changes). My trip to work is a Metro ride away, and has one of those station changes which makes you walk along a moving treadmill thing on the floor, like at the airport or in a music video. … Continue reading Kissing with Confidence: First week at work