Picos de Europa: Torre de los Horcados Rojos 2506m (central massif)

In our last trips to Asturias, we didn’t get to climb any mountains. We played with the resident cows of Covadonga lakes, we descended the Río Sella in kayak, we swam and ate; we did all the things we love to do in the north. But with the Picos de Europa always looming in the … More Picos de Europa: Torre de los Horcados Rojos 2506m (central massif)

Asturian coast: beaches for all tastes

“Asturies que guapina yes!” Most people know that various regions of Spain have co-official languages along with Castellano (Castillian Spanish). But did you know that apart from Catalan, Galician and Basque, numerous other regions have native languages? Valencian (which is spoken in Valencia), Balear (spoken in Balearic Islands) and Aranés (spoken in parts of Cataluña) … More Asturian coast: beaches for all tastes

Río Sella: A famous descent in “piragua” down this Asturian river

When I studied abroad 10 years ago, I backpacked Europe. I did the cheap hostel slumber party with strangers, bread and cheese and 1€ bottle of wine dinners. I saw all the cathedrals, did all the walking tours and saw all the sights. My travel priorities have changed. Sometimes we are thrifty but never when … More Río Sella: A famous descent in “piragua” down this Asturian river

PAELLA: hot tips + best wood-fired Paella restaurant in Benicássim (Valencia)

Let’s be clear: Stove-top paella is decent. Nothing beats wood-fired paella. Paella is easy to fuck up. Be patient, the learning curve is very steep. If it’s got chorizo in it, it’s NOT paella. A perfectly executed paella is what Spaniards may call a “manjar.” A delicatessen that will silence the entire table. It represents … More PAELLA: hot tips + best wood-fired Paella restaurant in Benicássim (Valencia)

Orbajena del Castillo: turquoise swimming holes on the banks of the Ebro River, Burgos

I’ll keep this short and sweet. Swimming holes are where it’s at. But the internet makes these special spots less charming. It’s a catch 22; all the information, but with all the visitors. If you find yourself on the National Highway N-623 heading north from Burgos, do yourself a favor and stop in Orbaneja del … More Orbajena del Castillo: turquoise swimming holes on the banks of the Ebro River, Burgos

Pico Vallibierna 3067 m & Tuca de Culebras 3062 m from Refugio Cap de Llauset

When we have the time to visit Benasque Valley, we really try to make it count. This is the furthest valley in the Aragonese Pyrenees from home and we still have a lot of summits to bag in this area. In the early summer of 2017 we crested two beauties in Posets-Maladeta Natural Park. They … More Pico Vallibierna 3067 m & Tuca de Culebras 3062 m from Refugio Cap de Llauset

Wendy, you’ve aged: notes on expat nostalgia

¡Karlita got her Spotify account back! My life partner was using cabecita_loca’s account and considerably fucking up the discover weekly and suggested music playlists. I was planning to break up with him on Spotify, but he anticipated my motives by creating his own account. GD! So it’s taken me months to wipe clean his music … More Wendy, you’ve aged: notes on expat nostalgia

Embalse de Llauset: Pyrenean reservoir, no hiking necessary!

In the Pyrenees there are a select number of (glacial) lakes in which you can swim. Obviously this depends on each explorer’s tolerance to freezing cold water. It’s easy science that at higher altitudes and no matter how strong the sun is shining, the creek/basin/spring/pond/river/lake/lakelet/lagoon/tarn/loch water is going to be cold AF. Like many mountaineers, … More Embalse de Llauset: Pyrenean reservoir, no hiking necessary!

Cheap Flamenco in Cádiz: Peña Flamenca La Perla

Andalucía, flamenco.   One thing I’ve learned as an integrated outsider in a foreign community is that most people despise having their culture generalized and reduced down to three or four attributes that are printed on every souvenir, in every tourist shop, around every corner. America as explained to me by far too many foreigners … More Cheap Flamenco in Cádiz: Peña Flamenca La Perla