The irony of citing the extreme heat as a major reason for swapping Madrid for Galicia and being greeted with record temperatures for March (30 degrees) has not been lost on me.

Anyhow, the locals in Pontevedra have emerged after a long winter and harsh (by Spain standards) covid restrictions…


The traffic, the bustle, the sophisticated and beautiful people — tanned and rejuvenated after August in Cádiz or Valencia or Almería — marching and swaying, giggling arm in arm, drawn towards the dizzying lights of the Madrid night. A care-free, giddy human chain of mischievous excitement. …


Netflix has reached a place that 99.99% of companies can only dream of: it has firmly embedded itself in our daily lives, and it has done so right in front of our eyes.

Below you will see an extract from the Irish Times. It is essentially a TV guide for…


Healing through fiction: Spain’s long-awaited step towards closure.

Title: Patria (Homeland)

Author: Fernando Aramburu

Published: 2016

Language: Spanish — translated to all major languages.

The best-selling book in Spain in 2017 and 2018, Patria is already considered a contemporary classic.

For a country which has for so long struggled to…


20 curiosities of Spanish life I have finally come to terms with

Beautiful Valencia.

The promised land for any expat is finding that sweet spot, where you can be your true self while enjoying the best that a new culture has to offer.

Some never get there; the challenge of letting go…


Noisy neighbours; rubbish collection trucks crashing about at 1am; the incessant TV and radio debates; littering; the make-you-want-to-jump-off-a-bridge bureaucracy; backward views on race; the political battles between left and right; regional nationalism in its extreme form.

There are many infuriating things about living in Spain, but what it lacks in…


Brendy Boyle’s La Liga Season in Review 2019/20

THAT moment Photo by Oskar M. Bernal

It was a season where the best moment was the first moment. That Aritz Aduriz moment. His first touch of his final season.

Real Madrid confirmed themselves as the least worst team in Spain. They rarely convinced but, more often than not…


Plaza Mayor, Madrid (Photo by Victor Garcia on Unsplash).

In the blink of an eye everything changed: waiting in line outside supermarkets suddenly felt normal; being a dog owner became the ultimate symbol of freedom; and we monitored the outside world from our living rooms, analysing each masked and gloved passer-by as they hurried along barren streets, patrolling police…


Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Spain’s digital divide leaving impoverished youth behind

At the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, we were told about how the virus would not discriminate. We indeed saw several high-profile names here in Spain, from Begoña Gómez, the wife of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to professional football players, test positive…


A letting agency in Madrid where prices have soared in recent years. (Photo fromEFE)

With the death toll well over 22,000 and the economy ground to a halt, the impact of COVID-19 on Spain has many fearing the worst. …

Brendan Boyle

Irish - living in Madrid. Write about Spain, its cities and culture; real people and places; current affairs. Supporter of real journalism.

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