Hi! I’m Mr Chorizo.

Okay, okay. That’s not my real name.

Let’s start again…

Hi. I’m Daniel.

And you’ve reached the best place to learn about expat life in Spain.

I’ve been using this blog to report on all the latest news from Madrid (and now Barcelona) for over 10 years.

So click around a little bit and I’m sure you’ll find something that interests you – there are articles for people moving to Spain, and articles for people who’ve lived here a while. A little bit of everything.

(That photo is me, a few years ago, up in Girona – one the bigger Catalan cities.)

A bit about me…

I’m originally from Phoenix, Arizona, if you must know. And I’ve lived in Spain for about half my life.

Lately, I’ve been featured on El País, and written about travel and lifestyle for “legacy media” publications such as Esquire, Lonely Planet, and more.

Here in Spain, several of my educational books are perennial bestsellers.

Other than that, I’m just some guy. An American expat living in Barcelona – and previously, for over 13 years, in Madrid.

I moved to Spain many years ago (in 2004, to be precise) in order to get away from all the weirdness back on the ranch. One thing led to another, and now I’m an author, full-time blogger, podcaster, and minor YouTube celebrity.

This website is mostly about the people, places, events and food in Madrid and Barcelona – the cities I know and love – as well as some information about other places in Spain.

You’ll find some photos, travel articles, humor, and some random stuff about my sometimes-glamorous expat lifestyle.

I’ve also got a couple of articles from some talented friends up here. If you want to write a guest post, just send me a message and I’ll get back to you – contact form’s at the bottom of this page.

By the way, if you’re offended by the colloquial use of the English language, you should probably go somewhere else – this blog is one of my ways of entertaining myself and taking a break from writing about English grammar, which (as you can imagine) isn’t always incredibly exciting.

Oh wait, now that we’re here, I also have a podcast: it’s called Spain to Go and it’s on Apple Podcasts and on Spotify – as well as pretty much everywhere else. Just search for the name.

More of my writing around the internet

I have a website at aprendemasingles.com that’s kind of a big deal. Also a big deal: madridingles.net – both of those help people learn English. Why two websites about English, you ask? Good question. I ask myself that almost every day. (It has to do with my lack of tech knowledge when I started out, around 2010.)

Me and my writing have been featured on a few different places online…

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And I’ve also written some best-selling books for people who want to learn English.

My books and ebooks are on my Amazon Author Page, on iBooks from Apple and on my online store on Gumroad. And I now have a new website about marketing called ¡Viva el Marketing!

Other than that, I love Spain. I love the food, the landscapes, the literature, the wine, and a lot of other things. It’s a great country, and despite its (several) problems, I’m proud to call it my adopted home.

If you want to know a lot more, check out the story of my life.

I’ve currently been living here for about 20 years, so I’ve made it through years of semi poverty, the whole economic crisis, a global pandemic, and a lot of excitement of other kinds.

I hope you enjoy your visit to The Chorizo Chronicles.

Have fun.


Daniel AKA Mr Chorizo.

P.S. I’m an affiliate of Amazon.com and Amazon.es, so if you buy something from them after clicking a link on this site, I’m going to get a little bit of money. The official Amazon disclosure statement says the following:

“Daniel is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com or amazon.es.”

Fun times with legalese, right?

P.P.S. Want to write a guest post? Want to sponsor this blog? Sounds great! What I won’t do is sell links to gambling sites or do anything spammy. Terrible business model. But if you’ve got something useful or interesting that’s related to Spain, let me know and we can probably work something out.

Here’s the contact form: