Spain is my most travelled European country! Which isn’t much of a surprise I suppose, as I’ve spent most of my travel years messing around in Asia.
My first Spanish adventure came all the way back in 2000. Basically, I did the typical drink, sleep and sunbathe island trip with my college friends. I was twenty two years old and we opted for a week in Tenerife. High culture it was not, but they were certainly glorious, carefree times.
My first trip to the Spanish mainland took place in 2013. I was in the process of a depressing divorce, thus in desperate need of a break. Somewhere where I could lower my stress levels and ponder future possibilities.
My old friend Steppers and I decided on Madrid and we were not disappointed! In fact, I felt like this is where the healing process truly began. We strolled the streets, squares and gardens. Stopped at a hundred and one cafes and took a tour of The Santiago Bernabéu. It was just what the doctor had ordered.
A few years later, in the summer of 2015, I landed a short term teaching job in the drowsy seaport town of Castro Urdiales. From there, I was able to visit nearby Bilbao, San Sebastián, Pamplona and Zaragoza. I even got to spend a few days in Barcelona, which of course wasn’t enough.
I enjoyed my visits to Spain so much, I actually decided to go and live there in the spring of 2016. What followed was a really wonderful year based in the city of Malaga. I rented a charming apartment on the edge of the city centre and taught at a local language school.
After a while, I went freelance and lived life on my own terms. Hence the seeds were sown for my eventual transition into life as a digital nomad.
I explored southern Spain extensively that year. I delved into the towns, villages and cities of Andalusia. The coastal communities of The Costa del Sol and the big smoke of Valencia. Had it not been for my incurable restless spirit, I could’ve easily settled in Spain indefinitely.
I feel like I have unfinished business in Spain. As a result, I’m certain that one day I’ll go back and investigate some more. Until then, why not dive into my travel articles on:
Barcelona (coming soon)
Valencia (coming soon)