Click the dots on the map above to view pictures I have taken in these locations.
The country of Spain will always have a special place in my heart. I’ve been to the country three different times, and each time has been a completely different experience. Each region of Spain has its own language, a different climate, and a unique culture. But one very important thing is consistent in all parts of the country, the high quality of the food. Whether trying various tapas, ordering paella, or snacking on churros with chocolate, you are sure to be satisfied.
Spain is rich in culture. The Spanish are proud. Soccer is the biggest event in the country. And they love to stay out late. Staying out until 7am is not uncommon. But who could go to bed early when dinner is at midnight? That’s just part of the culture. Never expect a Spaniard to show up on time, unless by “on time” you mean 30 minutes after the planned time. Spaniards spend a lot of their day walking. Cities are easy to get around by foot. And friends may hang out simply by walking around the neighborhood while chatting.
I have been to several places in Spain, including Barcelona, Madrid, Salamanca, and many parts of Galicia. Like most people, I prefer Barcelona for its architecture, climate, and access to both beaches and mountains. Madrid feels more like a business district, but a fun one at that. Salamanca is a small city home to one of the oldest universities in Europe, dating back to the thirteenth century.
Galicia, located in the northwest of Spain, is an off-the-beaten-track destination. Santiago de Compestela is the most important city in the region, a university town known for its cathedral. Historically, many religious people have made a journey from France to the cathedral, known as the Camino de Santiago (Santiago’s Trail).
No matter which part of Spain you visit, you’ll find fascinating history, great food, and lively people. After your first visit, you’ll be longing to return.