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Zahara de la Sierra
Routes/Cities/Regions
Dieter Wiggert

My five favourite villages in Spain – Zahara de la Sierra

Zahara de la Sierra is, for me, the most beautiful of Andalucía’s famous “Pueblos Blancos”, the picturesque white villages which dot the provinces of Malaga and Cádiz. I recommend you do part of “La ruta de los pueblos blancos” (The route of the white towns) taking in Setenil de las

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Ibiza
Routes/Cities/Regions
Amanda Wiggert

Ibiza – boom boom goes my heart

We’ve landed in Ibiza. It all starts on the journey there. Everyone on that plane feels exactly the same. Dead excited. Bathed in a happy glaze which says they are a couple of gears up from normal life. We all know they’ll morph into the Walking Dead on the journey

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Routes/Cities/Regions
Dieter Wiggert

My five favourite villages in Spain – Guetaria

2. Guetaria (Province of Guipúzcoa) In the 1980s I used to go to the Zarautz campsite (I remember that in the summer of 1983 there were tremendous floods). We chose Zarautz because it was a party place with a lot of vice and in those days the owners or DJs

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Beverages
Dieter Wiggert

Discover these drinks – Part 2

So here we go with part 2 of my “Discover these drinks” series  I hope it is of your interest, and if you have any suggestions, contact me. Any input is appreciated.Please note all prices are approximate. UTHOPIA Verdejo Frizzante, 5,5º Uthopia has a low alcohol grade (5.5º), a fine

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Apodos equipos de fútbol
Soccer
Dieter Wiggert

The origin of the nicknames of Spanish soccer teams

Lots of Spanish teams have nicknames but we often don’t know why they got them. I’ve picked the ones that appeal most to me as they are not derivatives of either the team’s origin, as is the case of Real Zaragoza (“maños”) and Real Valladolid (“pucelanos”), or the colour of

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pueblos bonitos
Routes/Cities/Regions
Dieter Wiggert

My five favourite villages in Spain – Mogarraz

In each blog post I will describe one of these five: Mogarraz (Salamanca) Guetaria (Guipúzcoa) Zahara de la Sierra (Cádiz) Cadaqués (Girona) Riomalo de Arriba (Cáceres) If you’re in the mood for more, here are my runners up: Masca (Tenerife) Castellfollit (Gerona) Cudillero (Asturias) Morella (Castellón) Iznájar (Córdoba) Alquézar (Huesca)

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Beverages
Dieter Wiggert

6 Spanish drinks to discover

Every three months I plan to post a list with six Spanish and Latin American alcoholic beverages. Apart from red and white wine, I’ll also include recommendations for rosé wines, sweet and fine wines, brandy, gin, piscos etc..I hope you find it interesting. Any feedback is appreciated. Bear in mind

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Routes/Cities/Regions
Amanda Wiggert

San Sebastián

If there’s one place that puts a smile on my face it’s San Sebastian in the Basque Country. I think this is because I am very greedy. This is the food capital of a food kingdom. It’s also because it looks a little bit like a little Rio de Janeiro

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Amanda and Dieter

Hello everybody!

Greetings from Salamanca, Spain and welcome to our BLOG.

We've been living in Spain for over 30 years and are looking forward to sharing insights and experiences about our much loved adopted home.

Rather than providing a trot through every city or an exhaustive what to do list when in a place, posts focus on a few of our favourite things. Places to eat, stay, drives, sunsets will feature. Some well known, some secret. And wine, cooking, sport and Spanish treats too.

Amanda Wiggert McCarthy

"I'm calling to tell you that you are going to Salamanca next year on some new EU wheeze called Erasmus. I forgot to pick anyone last term. Going to take the first three I find who speak Spanish. ¿Tú hablas español, no?"

And so I landed in Salamanca and it all began ...

Dieter Wiggert

I was nineteen and aboard a train in Germany when a brochure left behind on the seat beside me entitled “Learn Spanish in Spain” caught my eye. It was packed with Spanish schools dotted all over Spain.

One city had a name that was so appealing I said it to myself out loud a few times: Salamanca. And that was that. Just a few weeks later I Ianded up here.

We hope to have shared our love of Spanish and Latin America
and will be back soon to paint more pictures in your mind…

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