A Trip Down Memory Lane

This post has been hanging out in my drafts folder for some time now. I have been reluctant to post it, as it seems a little dark and depressing, and only reflects a very minimal part of my time here in Spain. I wrote this short story in a time, where I needed an outlet for…

Thursday Thirst Tip: Salmon Guru

Are you thirsty this Thursday and looking for something special in Madrid? You have come to the right place. My Thursday Thirst Tip today is Salmon Guru. I love this place because it is super special and strange. It’s a cool space to have a few cocktails or even a bite to eat. The food,…

Go For It!

What’s on your bucket-list? Let me guess… Go bungee jumping? Learn to surf? Climb an active volcano? Travel around the world? Start your own political party? Thought so. I’ve never actually put together a bucket list, yet have a couple of things in the back of my mind, which I have always wanted to do….

I’m Famous now

One Sunday afternoon my friend and I took a long healthy walk through town… okay, okay we cafe hopped, going from one cake place to another – standard Sunday. We ended up at Retiro and decided to check out the Crystal Palace. For some odd reason I had never gotten round to looking at it. Probably…

El Cuento

Remember when I told you about the time a pirate crashed my date? You might recall that we ended up in the ultimate Spanish bar. And when I say ultimate, I mean it doesn’t get much more Spanish than this. Even though my date didn’t go as planned that night, we discovered this hidden gem…

Enlightenment

This particular story takes a sudden turn of events, which was so unexpected and too good not to tell. I mentioned how my friend and I like to nickname the guys we date… so here’s the story about Religion Guy. Before I started my job here in Spain, I was living life to the fullest….

Lactose Intolerance

I’ve told you about some of my dates, which have caused me little heart-pain and resulted in a good story to tell at parties. But you should get prepared for this one. As I’m writing I am still living through the nightmare of Mr. Cheesy. Let me take you back to the day before my…

The Truth about Language Barriers

Have you ever thought about the importance of language, communication, miscommunication and not communicating at all? I have. I arrived in Madrid knowing no one and nothing. But worst of all, I couldn’t understand a single word. While I thought I’d get by with the minimal Spanish I spoke, it just didn’t cut it. However,…

A Pirate Crashed my Date

It’s halloween and I couldn’t convince anyone to go trick-or-treating with me. “It’s creepy when adults go from house to house, asking for candy” I was told. Whatever. As I didn’t want to spend the spookiest night of the year alone at home, I decided to go out with a guy I had been texting…

Selfie-Guy

My friend and I have this thing where we give our dates nicknames. We are both terrible with names and therefore need a descriptive adjective to know which guy we are currently gossiping about. (Yes, I know what you’re thinking. Do we really date so many guys that we can’t keep up with their names? Yes,…

Straya Mate

Hidden away in one of Madrid’s nooks is a very small piece of Australia. At Federal Cafe, you will find lamingtons galore and lots of international people. From the quaint and colorful Spanish streets of Malasaña, you step into a modern, open and trendy space. During the summer, the big windows let you enjoy your coffee…

El Rastro

I’ve been in Madrid for 5 months. I’ve been to most food markets, explored the various different barrios, tried about 274 different kinds of tapas and drank my body weight in wine. Yet, it took me this long to finally go to possibly the biggest flea market in the city. Every Sunday the barrio La Latina…