There is no Santa in Catalonia. That’s right – none. The kids in the northern part of Spain are told that Santa passes them over and doesn’t stop in Catalonia. No, they aren’t being punished because they were ‘bad’. They simply don’t need Santa in Catalonia…they have something else, something better. A Christmas log named […]
Things to do in Spain
My Spanish Loves:
Discovering the next great geographical area for villas, food, landscapes, and relaxation – Costa Brava in Catalan.
Taking in the colors, shapes, sounds and smells of the La Boqueria market in Barcelona.
Observing the racing fan culture at the Formula 1 race in Valencia.
A big part of my time in Spain was spent walking the Camino de Santiago – a 500 mile, 33 day hike from Pamplona to Santiago.
Hotels in Spain:
I discovered the benefits of staying in an apartment with Oh Barcelona – getting away from the touristy areas and into the local culture, saving money by cooking my own meals and being able to deeply explore my little neighborhood.
Food in Spain:
I had a lovely day with Albert at La Barretina discovering an off the beaten path culinary delight in Spain.
I experienced a meal I will never forget at the best restaurant in the world.
If you love oogling over pictures of gorgeous landscapes and inspiring architecture, you should get yourself over to my Spain picture gallery right away. Vamos!
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Take a Costa Brava Fishing Experience Like No Other!
The sky was just starting to get light at 6:30AM. I moved slowly still trying to wake up as I took a deep breath of salty sea air. Palamos still felt like a ghost town at this hour, except for the little bustling activity around the fishing port. I watched as men greeted each other […]
How to Order and Enjoy Pintxos in San Sebastian
People are grabbing food, walking out and not paying. If that wasn’t confusing enough, I watch as no one behind the bar writes anything down or keeps track of anything. I wonder if this is akin to one of those super fancy restaurants when a waiter takes an order for six and never writes anything […]
Bike Tour Tips From My First Cycling Trip
Surviving and Loving My First Bike Tour in Basque Country
I adjusted the strap on the helmet, a helmet I was borrowing because I didn’t know I had to bring my own. That was mistake #1 on my first bike tour – and probably not my last. I put the helmet on, clicked the buckle into place and patted the top of my helmet a […]
Training for the Camino de Santiago Walk
In an effort to bring you some new voices on Ottsworld, here is a guest post from an Ottsworld reader and traveler Emily Ward. She is getting ready to embark on some epic career break travels and she’s starting with the Camino de Santiago. I asked her to share her training plan with me to […]
Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid to Walk the Camino de Santiago Solo
I laced up my shoes, put on my pack and let the weight sink into my hips. Am I ready? Am I up for this? I asked the man at the front desk which direction to get to the Camino de Santiago trail in Pamplona. He got out a map and showed me how to […]
Finding Beauty in Average Castelló D’empuries
“Don’t you dare ignore me!” my alarm would scream at me if it could talk. My alarm started quietly this morning and progressively got louder. As much as I wanted to, I couldn’t ignore it, I had to get up early to go photograph an average town. Just like with people, there are places in […]
Things to do in Costa Brava Spain: Visit Medieval Towns
Looking for things to do in Costa Brava Spain? Then take a journey through the medieval towns of Costa Brava and Girona Pyrenees. The region is full of imposing castles, walled cities, and ruins of centuries past. Medieval towns this old and beautiful should be captured to give you lasting holiday memories, so bring […]
The Essential Camino de Santiago Packing List
The Camino de Santiago is the ultimate epic hike. It’s an ancient pilgrimage route to the shrine of the apostle St. James in the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. There are dozens of routes that lead from all part of Europe to Santiago de Compostela. However, the most popular route is the Way of Saint […]