When in Spain

Paul Burge

Want to live and work in Spain? Maybe just visit? Or just curious about the Spanish way of life? Recorded in Madrid, When in Spain offers practical advice, real-life observations and travel ideas for anyone figuring out Spain and the Spanish culture....Show More
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Walking El Camino de Santiago with Soul Camino’s Adrian Flude

50:44 | Jul 1st

In this episode I talk to Adrian Flude, an avid walker of El Camino de Santiago, Spain´s famous pilgrim route to the city of Santiago de Compostela. Adrian has walked El Camino no fewer than seven times and is something of an expert on The Way of St ...Show More
Becoming Spanish – 17 habits I’ve picked up since living in Spain

52:08 | Jul 15th

Giving everyone two kisses, mixing up Spanish and English, drinking coffee in glasses, wearing flip-flops indoors, being more stingy when tipping and buying everyone a drink when it's MY birthday. All things I never used to when I lived in the UK! ...Show More
Discovering Spanish wine with Luke Darracott & Roque Madrid

1:06:41 | Jun 23rd

This week I’m talking all about el vino, Spanish wine. To help me explore the world of Spanish wine I’ve enlisted the help of wine lovers, wine experts Luke Darracott and Roque Madrid. In the episode I head along to their wine shop called Madrid & D...Show More
Tapas – Talking and tasting with Margit Sperling from Walk & Eat Spain

54:18 | Jun 17th

Talking and tasting tapas with Margit Sperling from Walk and Eat Spain tour. Margit runs her own neighbourhood food tours in Madrid with a focus on the Malasaña barrio where she lives. In this episode we stop off in a couple of Margit´s favorite ta...Show More
Chefugee: food, Spain’s refugees & a project building appetities not walls

30:17 | Jun 11th

In this episode of When in Spain I'm talking about refugees in Spain and a fantastic project and association based here in Madrid called Chefugee.  What is Chefugee? Chefugee collaborates closely with refugees and asylum seekers from all over the wo...Show More
Spain’s evolving craft beer scene: supping ale at Madrid’s La Osita Pub

32:14 | Jun 7th

I discuss the growing craft beer scene in Spain with David Ross and Patrick Tuck at their new Madrid pub La Osita. (The little bear) David and Patrick are craft ale brewers, pub owners, friends and business partners. I head along to meet them at t...Show More
Flamenco! Steps, styles, shows & why ‘duende’ is a dirty word! Olé!

39:34 | May 30th

This week I'm talking Flamenco, that unmistakable Spanish art form, some might argue the very quintessence of Spain. Listen in as I attend a flamenco dance class for professional 'bailaoras' or flamenco dancers given by Belén López at Madrid's Cent...Show More
Talking Andalucía with Spain blogger Molly Piccavey

39:57 | May 24th

An interview with award-winning Spain blogger and Andalucía expert, Molly Piccavey. In this episode dedicated to Spain's southern region of Andalucía, we talk about how Molly set-up and has grown her blog piccavey.com to a top 50 travel blog. Moll...Show More
When in Spain reading list: 16 must-read books on Spain

50:15 | May 20th

With the Summer holiday season just around the corner, you might be contemplating which books to pack to while away the hours while relaxing or travelling. Assuming you're a big fan of Spain, I've put together a 'When in Spain Reading List' of 16 of ...Show More
Holy sweets! Buying convent cookies from cloistered nuns – WIS033

22:19 | Apr 30th

I wanted a biscuit to enjoy with my coffee. But this week instead of heading to a supermarket for a run of the mill cookie, I went on a more mysterious shopping expedition to satiate my sweet fix. Yes, I went to see a nun. Well, actually not see, bec...Show More
Semana Santa: Easter in Spain, processions, passion & pointy hats

33:19 | Apr 25th

Semana Santa or Holy Week is the biggest religious celebration of the year in Spain. What's the story behind those 'pointy hats' (capirotes)? What the difference is between a 'Trono' and a "Paso' float? And how did this Spanish religious traditio...Show More
Colourful Spanish expressions – A class in streetwise slang & vulgar vocab

24:47 | Apr 8th

Fancy coming to my Spanish class? My classmates, Cat, Matt and Lia and our Spanish teacher, Ana take a break from grammar and share our favourite colourful Spanish expressions, sayings and vulgar vocabulary. If you're easily offended you might want t...Show More
Top Spanish products – A shopping list of food, drink, fashion & a mop

45:33 | Apr 1st

Products that SCREAM spain! What are they? In this episode of When in Spain I take a walk around Madrid and try to identify 16 quintessential Spanish products, mostly food I have to admit! I also take a look at the stories and history behind the i...Show More
Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently : 8 tips to master Spanish – WIS029

1:02:21 | Mar 15th

Want to speak Spanish fluently? I stop off at The Royal Spanish Academy or Real Academia Española, in the centre of Madrid, ground zero for the Spanish language and home of the Diccionario de la lengua española, the official dictionary of the Span...Show More
Nine Spanish culture shocks: Habits in Spain I can’t get used to

49:17 | Feb 27th

Nine Spanish culture shocks that I still can't get my head around, even after living in Spain for nearly six years. Here they are... 1. Volume control? According to the World Health Organisation Spain is the second noisiest country in the world...Show More
Valentine’s Day in Spain – Latin lovin’, traditions & soppy vocab 101

48:12 | Feb 14th

Feliz Día de San Valentín!  Love and romance en España. Today is the el 14 de Febrero – the14th February and well rather predictably this episode takes a loving look at Valentine's Day here in Spain. I'm going to look at what loved-up Spaniards get ...Show More
Hiking ‘El Caminito del Rey’ – The scariest footpath in Spain! WIS026

16:38 | Jan 10th

If you want to see the beauty of this walk then check out my video of 'el caminito' on YouTube. https://youtu.be/-bKWkSSOe5s Get your a head for heights on because in this episode of When in Spain I take you on a dizzying walk along El Caminito de...Show More
A very Spanish Christmas! Festivities, food & traditions – WIS025

44:34 | Dec 28th, 2018

If you'd like to see as well as hear the sights in this episode, check out this episode as a video on the new When in Spain YouTube channel. I hit Madrid's Christmas market to see what's on offer and talk about the Spanish Christmas and New Year tim...Show More
Spain’s most famous market: El Rastro de Madrid, sights, sounds & history – WIS024

38:44 | Dec 5th, 2018

In this week’s When in Spain episode I take us on a wander around El Rastro, Madrid's sprawling outdoor market where you can find almost anything. Whether visiting as a tourist or living in the Spanish capital, El Rastro flea market is a must-see and...Show More
Are Spaniards vampires? Shutters, bars & balconies – WIS023

27:29 | Nov 24th, 2018

Do Spaniards like the dark despite Spain being one of the sunniest countries in Europe? Maybe you can have too much of a good thing! Spain has between 2,500 and 3,000 hours of sunshine in an average year, compared with just 1,600 in countries such as...Show More
Trains, planes & automobiles – Transport in Spain WIS022

55:36 | Nov 17th, 2018

Spain has fantastic public transport options that make it easy and comfortable to get around the the Iberian peninsular and it's islands. Spain is a big, rugged country and driving isn't always the quickest or most convenient option. That's why in...Show More
A weekend in Asturias, a cow, a puncture & the most local bar in Spain – WIS021

51:57 | Oct 24th, 2018

...we got to spend a few hours in a bar in someone's house in a village with a population of eight. EIGHT people. The very local wine was cheap at 80¢ a glass! In this episode, we escape Madrid for a weekend tour of Spain's northern region of Asturi...Show More
Alternative things to do in Madrid & moving to Barcelona – WIS020

32:59 | Oct 22nd, 2018

In this bonus episode I answer a few questions from listeners...Alternative things to see and do in Madrid, advice for moving to Barcelona and a future episode on healthcare and health insurance in Spain. Also, how about some When in Spain episodes i...Show More
Trains in Spain and a trip on the AVE from Madrid to Barcelona – WIS019

35:29 | Oct 17th, 2018

I talk trains - my favourite way to travel. Sit back and enjoy the ride as I take us on a trip from Madrid to Barcelona on Spain's high speed train, the AVE (Alta Velocidad Española). From Madrid's Atocha station with its indoor jungle to Barcelon...Show More
Bullfighting. Art or bloodsport? A trip to Madrid’s Las Ventas bullring – WIS018

1:01:28 | Oct 14th, 2018

This week an episode on Spain's most controversial tradition, bullfighting. During the show I attend a 'corrida' at Madrid's Las Ventas bullring with a Spanish friend to see this ancient spectacle in the flesh. I didn't enjoy or agree with what I ...Show More
Ben Curtis and Marina Diez from Notes in Spanish – WIS017

50:36 | Oct 4th, 2018

Spanish podcast pioneers, Ben Curtis, an Englishman from Oxford and Marina Diez, a native Madrileña have run the Notes in Spanish podcast since 2006 for all Spanish language learners. They also produced the Notes from Spain podcast series about Spani...Show More
Siesta & fiesta! What’s up with Spain’s crazy daily routine!? – WIS016

48:54 | Sep 26th, 2018

Evening meals at 11pm! Two-hour lunch breaks! Hitting bars until 7am! In this episode I try to stay awake to look at Spain’s daily routine, timetables, mealtimes and work schedules and try to work out if Spaniards really do ever sleep. I examine ...Show More
Desperate Literature – Books that explain Spain WIS015

35:36 | Sep 19th, 2018

Do you have to be mad to open your own bookshop in Spain in this day and age? Well, Terry Craven from Madrid's Desperate Literature bookshop assures me that if you're not brave then you must be stupid! I spend a morning surrounded by books while Ter...Show More
Shops, shopping Spanish style and opening hours – WIS014

44:11 | Sep 14th, 2018

Let's hit the shops! Need a stamp? Run out of milk and everything's closed? Fancy some churros? I'll take a look at Spain's traditional shops, run through their names and admire how they continue to survive in the face of the big supermarket chain...Show More
Spanish Beer – Brands, Bars and how to order like a native – WIS013

42:43 | Sep 6th, 2018

Cerveza! Yes, a whole episode dedicated to beer! Salud! Spain is the 4th biggest beer producer in Europe and the 10th biggest in the world. But, ordering a beer can be a confusing experience. Do you order a caña or a tubo? What’s the difference be...Show More
Spain vs England – The cultures collide! WIS012

40:36 | Aug 15th, 2018

Spain vs England! I examine the cultural differences between Spain and the UK with the help of some of my Spanish friends who live and work in England. Let battle commence! I chat with Paula, Diego, Pedro and English ally Dan about the pros and cons...Show More
How to open a Spanish bank account – WIS011

46:25 | Aug 8th, 2018

This week I explain how to open a Spanish bank account whether you're a resident or non-resident in Spain. I look at the process and paperwork whether opening an account online or in person. I give a rundown of the major Spanish banks and some lesse...Show More
The Spanish NIE & Residency – Why you need it and how to get it WIS010

43:31 | Aug 1st, 2018

In Episode Ten of When in Spain I look at how to get the all-important Spanish NIE number and residency card. In this show I'll explain why it's crucial to get the NIE if you're planning to live, work, study, retire or buy a property in Spain. I'll g...Show More
Thinking Spanglish – A survivor’s guide to learning Spanish WIS008

43:25 | Jul 18th, 2018

Anyone learning Spanish will tell you that the journey is long and full of twists and turns. Are you struggling to maintain motivation? Tongue-tied when it comes to talking? Does Spanish grammar fill you with dread? Should you even bother to learn Sp...Show More
Teaching English in Spain WIS007

51:40 | Jul 10th, 2018

Ever contemplated ditching the 9-5 office job and escaping to sunnier climes to teaching English abroad? In this episode I interview friend and fellow EFL teacher Liam Hoofe about teaching English as a foreign language in Spain. We compare notes a...Show More
Why are Spaniards so obsessed with milk? Linguistically speaking! WIS006

18:13 | Jul 6th, 2018

In episode six of When in Spain I go out to buy milk and get thinking about the strange and colourful Spanish expressions that revolve around milk or 'la leche'. Learn some of these milky expressions in this episode and find out about their origins. ...Show More
Where to rent in Spain – Cities & Neighbourhoods WIS005

1:04:36 | Jul 4th, 2018

In episode five of When in Spain we take a whistle-stop tour around Spain's four biggest cities in search of the best neighbourhoods to rent rooms and apartments. We compare Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Seville. Paul gives a flavour of dozens of n...Show More
Renting a room or apartment in Spain WIS004

1:02:05 | Jun 17th, 2018

In episode four of When in Spain I look at how to rent a room or apartment in Spain. The focus is on Spain’s four biggest cities, Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia and Seville. Click on the player above to listen to the episode and hear all about my ups an...Show More
Spain’s Festivals – Feria de San Isidro WIS003

22:19 | Jun 17th, 2018

Hola a todos!! In episode three of When in Spain I guide us around the Feria de San Isidro in Madrid and take in the sights, sounds and flavours. To hear all the festivities hit play on audio player above and immerse yourself in all things Feria! FO...Show More
Exploring Madrid – La Latina WIS002

41:02 | Jun 17th, 2018

In this, the second episode of the When in Spain podcast show I take you for a wander around La Latina, the neighbourhood where I live and one of the oldest and most famous in Madrid. We’ll take in the sights and sounds while I talk about everyday li...Show More
Welcome to When in Spain! WIS001

18:09 | Jun 17th, 2018

¿What is this When in Spain…? Ever wanted to know what it’s like to live, work and play in Spain? Yes? Well, click on the play button above and I’ll tell you…Or better still, subscribe to the podcast!  When in Spain is a weekly podcast series, recor...Show More