Camino de Santiago – Spain’s most modern ancient pilgrimage

When I was in my 20s, I wanted to do the Camino de Santiago. Not only did I want to do the Camino, but I’d also heard that

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Olive Oil Crisis – Spain’s “aceite de oliva” prices are through the roof

I just spent 9.25€ for a liter of olive oil. This was the store brand, extra virgin, at the Sorli supermarket around the corner from my house in

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Renouncing US Citizenship Might Get Cheaper

Here’s a little news item that caught my eye this week. Apparently, a group of concerned US citizens abroad is brining a lawsuit against the government, because of

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Seeking Transcendence – a podcast bro’s spiritual journey

Bling bling! Morena’s alarm starts beeping on the floor next to our bed. She rolls over, hits the off button, and falls back asleep in 10 seconds. I’m

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Getting legal in Spain – another bureaucratic ordeal in sunny Barcelona

Back in the day, I moved to Spain on a tourist visa. I don’t recommend anyone do this – but I was 21 years old, mostly broke, talentless, and

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Caso Rubiales, Real Estate, and the Future – Random Thoughts #11

Hey y’all! Time for another edition of random thoughts from your man in Spain. Today we’ve got a bit about the “Caso Rubiales”, adventures with Barcelona real estate,

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Puicerdà, Llívia and Catalonia on both sides of the French Border

I’m walking down a dusty path in the Catalan Pyrenees. Dark clouds are building overhead, whipped up by the heat. A breeze whispers past, bringing the smells of

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Spanish Bureaucracy – how to deal with red tape in Spain

People love to complain about Spanish bureaucracy. But does it have the reputation it deserves? Is it really that bad? Well, to be honest, I haven’t really dealt

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Death, fasting and public nudity – Random Thoughts #10

Two old people in my building died over the weekend. Both lived on the 6th floor, actually. On Saturday, a note appeared downstairs. Written in Spanish, block capitals,

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Sobriety, salespeople, and Introvert Hell in Dublin, Ireland

All day the payroll salespeople have been arriving. Both payroll people and their partners are greeted enthusiastically when they reach the hotel, then whisked off into a conference

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