Notes from Spain (Travel)
Travel, living, and working in Spain
Ben and Marina talk to Simon at the Cortijada Los Gazquez, an incredible restored country house in a wild Natural Park in Almeria. The house is totally off-grid, has some amazing eco-enhancements, and tremendous art projects on the go. See www.losgazquez.
Direct download: nfs77_los_gazquez.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:02am EST

The heat returns to Madrid, and Ben has trouble with salad, wonders why shops close at lunchtime in winter, and just can't map his school experiences onto the education system in Spain.

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Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:51pm EST

Ben and Marina discuss the battle to teach their baby their own languages first, and why they want to escape Madrid... for good? See for more, and to find the 'Madrid Confessions' audiobook...
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:46pm EST

Rainy days, Christmas, The state of Spain, and more... comment at please!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:56am EST

A trip to the east of Asturias around Llanes.... photos and more info at
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:42am EST

Should tax payers support the church? How religious is Spain? When will smoking finally be banned in bars? Come to to comment!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:04pm EST

From Carmona, to Cadiz, and the Costa de la Luz - full details and photos at
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:41pm EST

Why does no one wear shorts in the street? Will the new Defense minister change the lot of women forever? Is there a housing crisis in Spain? And is Marina going to have to get the police onto the neighbours? Head over to to join in the discussion!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:12pm EST

A true story about the death of a friend - See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:29pm EST

The Ramirez family has been making guitars in Madrid for 126 years. We visited their workshops in Madrid, spoke to Amalia Ramirez, and heard one of the these instruments being played. See for photos and more information.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:34am EST

If you would like to ride from the Basque country all the way down to the depths of Andalusia, then guess what, you're invited! See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:22am EST

This week we talk to Jonathon and Rosie, who set up Kaliyoga, a holistic yoga and detox center in the Alpujarra mountains south of Granada. See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:24pm EST

Ben and Marina take a trip to the wonderful Alpujarra mountains south of Granada. See for photos and links.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:26am EST

Lessons learned living in Spain... and questions for you: What did you last learn? What was the motivation? What did it lead to? See to comment!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:23am EST

Retro-casting from our terrace, Ben talks about honesty in bars, gypsies, nickers factories, and the future of tourism in Spain. See for show notes and to comment.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:51am EST

Ben and Marina head up to Abadia Retuerta for a day sipping wine and exploring the wine-making process. See for photos!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:08pm EST

Ben and Marina check out the famous flowery patios competition held every May in Cordoba. See for photos and further details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:50am EST

Ben and Marina chat to Jamie about a great way of spending a few months in Madrid. See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:10am EST

One of the greatest fiestas in Spain: fino, horses, and great people watching down in Jerez. Pop over to to see all the photos and a short video!
Direct download: nfs59_feriajerez.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:57pm EST

Notes from Cadiz: faded glory just as it should be. See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:32pm EST

Ben and Marina head down to Valenica for Las Fallas fiestas, and chat to one of the locals before heading off to the most extraordinary Paella cooking events ever seen in Spain! See for photos and video.
Direct download: nfs57_fallas.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:35am EST

Ben and Marina talk to Scott and Sheryl who gave up everything for a year on the road, and have just spent two months in Andalusia.

See and for details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:05am EST

Richard Morely explains to Ben and Marina how he spends his holidays taunting the Spanish! See for full details...
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:40pm EST

Every year on January 17th, people bring their pets to be blessed on the Calle Hortaleza in Madrid. See for details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:27pm EST

A beautiful area of waterfall-filled parkland on the way to Barcelona from Madrid. See for photos.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:34am EST

14 minutes in the back streets of Barcelona. Who needs Gaudi? See for more Barcelona recommendations.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:50pm EST

Despite all appearances no alcohol was consumed before the making of this podcast. See to comment...
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:10pm EST

Ben and Marina spend a night in Siguenza castle, now a Parador, deep in Castilla La Mancha. See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:39am EST

Many of you will know Alan (AKA 'El listo') and Brian (AKA 'Greytop'), from the forums, and here they are in reality! - See for full details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:05pm EST

Ben and Marina check out Madrid's famous Sunday market. See Notes from Spain for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:36pm EST

Not many people put a trip to Vallecas at the top of their birthday list, but it really appealed to me! Another wonderful market lies at the centre of a very traditional Barrio Madrileño. See for details and photos...
Direct download: nfs46_vallecas.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:06pm EST

Ben and Marina check out the summer fiestas in Madrid. See for details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:13am EST

Ben and Marina bring you a soundseeing tour from Ourense Market, see for details!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:50pm EST

Helpful hints for all of you who hope to make the big move to Spain soon! See for full details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:43pm EST

Heat stroke may account for these random ramblings from the beach. See for details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:37am EST

Ryan from talks to Ben about why it isn't all just Rioja, Rioja, Rioja...
see for details and to comment...
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:57am EST

Ben and Marina wonder what's going on... it's world cup time and although England is festooned with the national flag, the Spanish flag is nowhere to be seen in Spain... see
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:54am EST

Ben and Marina visit the Feria del Libro in the Retiro Park and talk about the rise of the book in Spanish culture. See for details and to comment.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:17am EST

Ben and Marina celebrate the NFS 1 year anniversary in Ibiza!
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:06am EST

Ben and Marina take a trip back to their old barrio, the emblematic and fast-changing neighbourhood of Madrid.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:20pm EST

Ben and Marina sit in Madrid's Plaza de Oriente discussing Easter celebrations, life in the UK, and Fiestas in Madrid.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:25pm EST

Ben and Marina head up to El Escorial and fullfil a very special request...
Full details at
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:18pm EST

Full 22 min version. Don Justo is a man who has spent the last 40 years building a cathedral in Mejorada del Campo, a village about 20 kilometres from Madrid. Marina and I, accompanied by her mother and (architect) father visit and attempt to describe this incredible building, and tell the story of Don Justo's life.
Direct download: nfs34FULL_26mar06_justo.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:06pm EST

Ben and Marina comment on the historic decision by ETA to declare a permanent ceasefire.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:43pm EST

Ben's 2000 km marathon motorbike trip in Southern India - see for more details and photos.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 8:17am EST

Ben and Marina answer your questions on Travel in Spain. See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:22pm EST

Ben and Marina travel to Asturias for the weekend, to visit the beautiful Asturian capital of Oviedo. See for full details.
Direct download: nfs30_29jan06_oviedo.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 6:21am EST

A walk by the lake in the Retiro Park, Madrid. See for full details and to comment.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 1:02pm EST

Happy New Year! See for full details and to comment.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:24pm EST

Las Rias Baixas - see for details and to comment
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 7:07am EST

Santiago de Compostela. See for details and to comment.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:12am EST

The first podcast from our Galicia trip. See for details and to comment.
Direct download: nfs24_4dec05_galicia1.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:03pm EST

Live from Madrid's Plaza Mayor, at the beginning of the Christmas fair. A look at the cultural delights ahead in the festive season. See for details and to comment.
Direct download: nfs23_27nov05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:09pm EST

On the anniversary of Franco's death, we take a walk in the woods near his place of rest. See for details and to comment.
Direct download: nfs22_20nov05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:00pm EST

Sitting by the river in El Pardo, discussing more culture-clash aspects of life and death in Spain. Plus a request for video-casting inspiration... What would you want to see on a video cast of Spain? See for details and to comment.
Direct download: nfs21_6nov05.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:17pm EST

Live from Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - this one is a classic! Details and comments at
Direct download: nfs19_20oct05.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:26am EST

Books on Spain and extracts from Errant in Iberia, a book about my first three years in Spain. See for details and to comment.
Direct download: nfs18_17oct05.mp3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:21am EST

An evening eating in the mouth-watering pintxo bars in San Sebastian, one of my favourite cities in Spain. See for details and to comment.
Direct download: nfs17_02oct05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:15am EST

Wonderful sound-seeing edition from a Basque Gastronomic Society in Zarautz. See for full details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:43pm EST

Flamenco at La Solea in Madrid. For details and to comment please visit
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:04am EST

Notes from the Island of Formentera - lazy days... see for details and for photos.
Direct download: nfs14_31aug05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 11:31am EST

In Spanish for once - back to English next week! See for full details...
Direct download: nfs13_22aug05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 3:26am EST

Show notes:
  • It doesn't rain in Spain
  • Road deaths and lawless Spain
  • Drinking
  • National pride
  • Food and holidays
see for more...
Direct download: nfs12_17aug05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:36pm EST

A trip on one of Madrid's most curious attractions. See for more details.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 2:17am EST

A postcard from Gandia - see for full details
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 12:06pm EST

A postcard from Cordoba - see for full details and show notes.
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Category:Travel -- posted at: 5:34pm EST

Learning Spanish and Working in Spain - Go for it! See for full details and shownotes.
Direct download: nfs8_2july05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 9:57am EST

Notes from Spain 7 - The Retrio Park Madrid's Retiro Park - See for shownotes and details.
Direct download: nfs7_22june05.MP3
Category:Travel -- posted at: 4:22pm EST