Spain… On the Road Again, Part 9 — Castillian Hog Heaven 2

On Road AgainFootloose Mark and Claudia are in hog heaven as the road trip winds through Castilla y León. They head for Salamanca’s amazing Plaza Mayor in search of a breakfast fix of ham for Claudia. “Ham is in the air here,” says Mark. Their interest perked, they decide to head right to the source — a traditional Salamanca farm that raises the famous black–footed pigs. Their porcine pilgrimage continues to Segovia–“one of the most beautiful cities in the world,” according to Mark Bittman– where Bitty and Bassols eat like emperors in the shadow of the city’s 2,000-year-old Roman aqueduct. Feeling a little pigged–out, Mark and Claudia return to Basque country, unearthing a medieval cathedral and sampling Vitoria’s finest tapas or, in their own words, “pintxos to die for!” More…

The ¡Alegría! Team Is Taking August Off; We’ll See You in September Reply

Vacation in AugustWe’re happy to announce that the ¡Alegría! team is taking a vacation in August. So the magazine won’t be updated until Monday, September 2, 2013. That will give us some time to put our feet up, charge our batteries, visit the mountains and the beach and, most importantly, have some tranquil time to think about how to improve the magazine. We want to make it more interactive (more open to your participation), with more feature stories and enlarged and enhanced Spanish property information. More…

It’s About Loving Spanish Spain 2/2 7

Gypsy horse trader

This is the second and final part of Bart Sedgebear’s “¡Alegria! Foundation” interview with  editor, Mike Booth

What did you do for a living when you arrived in Spain?

I wrote and photographed travel stories for newspapers and magazines. On winter mornings I breakfasted  a couple of “sol y sombras” (brandy with anise) with my neighbors in the “Diablo’s Bar” just off the village square. For years I thought that was the normal breakfast in Spain. More…

People Who Come to Spain to Stay Reply

Annabella GorlierMost of us didn’t know we were coming to Spain to stay. We just came. Then we never left. This is a video with interviews with 10 people who stayed. They’re from different places–the U.S.A., Holland, Brazil, Argentina, France, the U.K., Italy–and they all agree on one thing: They’re here for the duration.

The one who sums it up best and nicely expresses the sense of  the rest says, “I’ve discovered a Spanish side of me that I like, that I feel very happy with…” Two of them assure us they’re here for the “alegria.” That’s reassuring to those of us in the business of !Alegria! More…

Try Paul Read’s Video Zen from Spain Reply

Paul Read LojaPaul Read is a Renaissance man but his Renaissance is Chinese. He’s a Londoner and a Tai Chi master who transported himself to Spain. He tried the Med coast and the big city and finally opted for a house in the middle of Loja, a medium-sized provincial town in Granada. From there he observes–both on the street and on the Web–teaches, writes, produces videos, organizes his fellow guiris, and does his best to live a human life on this planet. This is his video, entitled “Observando,” “Observing.” (We admire anyone who can slip his dog so artfully into a video!) More…

Spanish Food and Restaurants in London Reply

Tapa of musselsThough we don’t usually think of London as a hotbed of Spanish food and restaurants, their presence is on the rise there as elsewhere in the world. This  20-minute video offers an ample introduction to the Spanish restaurants–and let’s not forget the chic tapas bars–the distributors, specialists and the chefs to be discovered and cherished in London. More…

Spanish Wine’s Quiet Revolution I/III Reply

Spanish grapesNew wine making techniques, new grape varieties, upcoming wine regions and new approaches to worldwide markets are the subjects of this series of three videos called “The Quiet Revolution.” Presented in a relaxed and amenable way, this series, sponsored by ICEX, the Spanish export agency. It provides a wealth of information, much of it new, even for longtime Spanish wine aficionados. Note curiosities in this first video in the series such as the way the Galicians drink their wine from little ceramic bowls. More…

Spanish Food without Spanish Wine? That’s Unthinkable! 1

Wines from Spain

Now that we’ve begun to tempt your palate with foods from Spain we’ve asked Wines from Spain.com to permit our readers access to their extensive library of videos on the subject of Spanish wines. They very graciously said yes and today we’re publishing an advance of the kind of things you can expect to see in the coming months. If  you love Spanish wine, welcome aboard. If you’re not yet an aficionado, here is where you can get your introduction. It’s never too late! (Why do you think Spain has the longest life expectancy in the world?) More…