A Bus to Toledo, Castilla-La Mancha

Historically, Toledo has been a home to the various empires that have lived in the city. The walls and buildings left by the Romans were reconstructed with Arabic influence during the Ottoman Empire. Jewish, Islamic and Christian influences are all strong throughout the city, and this immense amount of history led it to become a …

A Day in Segovia, Castile y León

Living in Madrid meant I was not only in the capital of Spain, but also a very central region of the country. This made it possible to travel to a number of different cities for day trips, something I did several times. Alcázar de Segovia as seen from the Cathedral’s bell tower. In early February …

A Weekend Stay in Valencia

In October 2019, I joined a Citylife trip to Valencia. Citylife is one of the companies that organizes trips for young adults from Madrid to other cities. Most of the other participants were students studying abroad or young adults living in Madrid through a teaching exchange program. We went to Valencia by bus, which took …

Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain

País Vasco is a unique section of Spain due to its differing culture and languages. Basque, or Euskara is the only surviving language isolate in Europe, meaning it is not part of any other language family (such as Romance languages for example). Some of the most popular destinations in País Vasco are Bilbao and San …

Two Nights in Granada, Spain

Granada was a must-see destination for me while I was living in Madrid. It was passed through the hands of many empires, each which left their own mark. This makes the city and its architecture a beautiful mezcla of its history. One of the gorgeous apartment buildings in central Granada. One of the most famous …

The Beautiful Beaches of Ibiza, Spain

As a North American in Europe, I had to take advantage of the cheap flights. One flight deal a few friends and I got was a two day trip to Ibiza in the off season. Ibiza is busiest in the summer, and around mid-October the clubs on the island close to take the winter off …