Madrid: Carta de Amor to One of the World’s Most Underrated Cities

As a personal travel consultant, I see it all the time in my work; clients with a proposed itinerary of Spain that completely skips Madrid.  It used to be that you pretty much had to at least transit through Madrid to get anywhere else in Spain.  Barcelona always got more attention from the travel community … More Madrid: Carta de Amor to One of the World’s Most Underrated Cities

Barrios de Madrid: Chueca, the Gayborhood of the Spanish Capital

In 2005, Spain became the third country to fully legalize same-sex marriage. Not surprisingly, Madrid is one of the most gay-friendly cities on this planet.  It even hosted World Pride in 2017.  The heart of Madrid’s LGBTQ community is centered around a neighborhood named after Spanish composer and author Federico Chueca. Thankfully, my friend Carlos is … More Barrios de Madrid: Chueca, the Gayborhood of the Spanish Capital

Barrios de Madrid: Malasaña, a Street Art Lover’s Dream

Perhaps it was this neighborhood that inspired the idea behind my Barrios de Madrid blog series.  The streets here are a photographer’s dream, filled with color, texture, street art, and architecture. And with no shortage of cafés, bars, shops, and restaurants, it is impossible to be bored in this neighborhood.  With great pleasure, I present Malasaña, where … More Barrios de Madrid: Malasaña, a Street Art Lover’s Dream

Barrios de Madrid: Las Letras, Rich in Spanish Literary Tradition

This is the second installment of my series, Barrios de Madrid. Through this project, I hope to bring Madrid’s fantastic neighborhoods to life.  A bit more (ok, a lot!) refined than Lavapiés, with its rich literary tradition, quaint streets, and museums galore, I now present Barrio de las Letras.   Close to Madrid’s most famous museums, and Atocha … More Barrios de Madrid: Las Letras, Rich in Spanish Literary Tradition

Barrios de Madrid: Artsy, Diverse, Colorful Lavapiés

I am super excited to launch my series of Barrios de Madrid, highlighting some of my favorite parts of Madrid and their hidden (and not so hidden) gems. It is a pity that many visitors to Madrid do not explore the city to its fullest, limiting themselves to the areas around Puerta del Sol.  Undeniably and unapologetically Spanish, … More Barrios de Madrid: Artsy, Diverse, Colorful Lavapiés

My 2017 Travel Roundup

Last year at this time, I had just returned to California from Spain. Upset (understatement) about the results of the 2016 US Presidential Election, I made it one of my New Year’s resolutions to spend as much time abroad in 2017 as possible. And that resolution I kept.  During the course of the year, I … More My 2017 Travel Roundup

Let’s Talk About… Spain

If you follow my blog, Instagram, worked with me professionally, or happen to know me in real life, you know that I have a slight (ok, incredibly large) Spain obsession.  I have spent large amounts of time in Granada, Madrid, and Barcelona. Additionally, I have traveled all over the country extensively and several times. At this … More Let’s Talk About… Spain