Have a question? Below are my answers to some of the most common questions I get from readers.

Where do you live?

I spent 3 years in Andalucía, in southern Spain. Now, I live in the north, in Basque Country and have been here over 2 years. They are two very different places, and while I love both, I feel especially at home in the north.

I want to learn Spanish. Which books/methods do you recommend?

For brushing up on grammar, I recommend the following:

Practice Makes Perfect: Spanish Verb Tenses by Dorothy Richmond

501 Spanish Verbs by Christopher Kendris & Theodore Kendris

Aprende Gramática y Vocabulario SGEL by Francisca Castro Viúdez & Pilar Díaz Ballesteros

To improve your spoken Spanish, nothing can replace speaking with a native speaker. Try looking for language exchanges in your city, in MeetUp groups, or even online.

To improve your listening, download free podcasts in Spanish via iTunes, watch movies in Spanish, etc.

To make reading comprehension a bit more interesting and less intimidating than a book, try magazines in a topic that interests you.

What is your favorite place in Spain?

Granada and San Sebastián, because choosing just one would be impossible! Two very distinct cities, but both offer so much to tourists in terms of food, nightlife, outdoor activities (skiing in Granada/beaches in San Sebastián) and culture.

I’m moving to Spain, what should I bring?

If you’re from the U.S. you may want to bring some of the following: maple syrup, quinoa, coconut oil (all can be found, but are expensive), stick deodorant (hard to find), pumpkin pie filling (for Thanksgiving celebrations, although you could always make your own.)

If you’re British, you can find a lot of British products at Carrefour in the international section such as: baked beans, tea, *real* cheddar cheese, marmite…etc.

I’m traveling to Spain for the first time, where should I go?

This depends on budget and logistics, but a great 2-week introduction into Spain could include highlights of Andalucía (Sevilla, Granada, pueblos blancos), Madrid, Barcelona, and San Sebastián with time for some side trips for smaller towns. Although this excludes so many wonderful areas of Spain, it gives you a good taste of the diversity of the country, and will entice you to come back and explore the rest on future trips!

What kind of camera/equipment do you use?

 I use a Nikon D60 with a 35mm lens and alternate with a 18-55mm kit lens.

How do you edit your photos?

I use a 13.3 ” MacBook Pro and edit with Adobe Lightroom 4.

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