For me last year was all about discovering two things: what Spanish travel is like and the power of blogging.
Of course I’d tried the last before, and also, given my experience as editor at Gap Daemon, thought myself pretty clued up as far as travel blogging went. Yet when it came down to starting my own blog about my Spanish experiences (the very one you’re reading now), I didn’t really know where to start.
My Spanish Adventure simply started out with the single aim of tracking my progress in learning the language. I had little ambition to tackle weightier subjects like budget travel until I started to snoop around the web for other bloggers based in Spain.
Fortunately I didn’t have to go far to find the riches. Some of the sites you’re about to find out about not only helped to revolutionise my own time in Spain (making it much more interesting and easier) but also helped to reconfirm the social power and sense of community that a network of blogs can provide.
My tips on the best Spanish travel blogs to watch in 2012? Read on:
Having stumbled across American blogger Liz in mid-October I’ve been reading her avidly ever since. Writing about life in the Basque country (she’s based in Bilbao), Liz is one of the few bloggers I felt a strong kinship with in covering “a corner of Spain that’s not as well-known” – Cáceres fitting well into that category!
What 2012 will have in store for her I can’t be totally sure about. One thing I do know however is that she’ll keep providing us with lovely photos of her travels in and around the North, as well as the occasional series from Wisconsin!
Hamatha took me by the balls and wedged herself firmly into my blogging affections with a post in response to my departure from Cáceres earlier this month. Her curiously named blog is easily one of my favourites.
With her wry sense of humour and filthy Spanglish tongue, reading Hamatha’s posts at Pass the Ham (which range wildly from TEFLing, to nearby excursions, to even the act of smelling Hamatha’s home city of Madrid) is a lot – as I like to think – like reading this one. Except the fact that Pass the Ham is written by a far more experienced and superior author!
Shame about the whole marriage thing too. What a life in Spain the two of us could have had!
Rebecca might not be one of the most frequent bloggers on the scene but there’s something to be said for quality over quantity (despite her writing some super long posts). Her blog, Becca Bohemia, is an unlikely choice for 2012 as Rebecca is cutting her time short working as an au pair in Murcia.
As so many of these Spanish travel blogs die consider this a plea to Rebecca so that she continues her writings on Spain from her home in the States. As Kaley has proved (more on that later) it’s entirely possible to run a successful blog on this country without having to be there.
Besides I want to hear more about your language exchanges and Rugrats marathons!
Wow some of these blog titles just get weirder and weirder, putting this rather boring titled blog (the one you’re reading) to shame. The steady ship of I Heart Mondregreens, steered by captain Michi, is sure to grab your attention in 2012 (especially now that Michi’s come through her abandonment issues!)
Worth following thanks to Michi’s curious perspective as PHd student, language teacher, translator and would-be chef (doing enough things there?), I Heart Mondegreens provides a great personal inflection on Spanish travel.
Texas native Hayley, a self proclaimed jamon lover just like rest of them (am I the only vegetarian out there?), is the girl behind this blog on all things southern Spain, TEFL, and erm, Aguila Roja.
2012 might just be the year when she finally gets her Spanish up to the level of her husband’s English, but hopefully not without providing us with lots of handy hints and tips along the way.
Spanish Sabores, unlike many of the others, has been on the blogging block for quite some time (starting back in November 2010). Discovering it for myself a year later, I love its focus on Spain’s culinary delights, finding a lot of Lauren’s suggestions (like her rice pudding and mashed pumpkin with cinnamon) suitable for a big “V” like myself.
Next year, if anything like the last, looks set to be another top one for Spanish Sabores. Having just launched a new project in Recetas Americanas, showing that American cuisine goes beyond hotdogs and burgers, Lauren’s making big things happen.
I’m so glad Cassandra came over to My Spanish Adventure to comment in the last year, otherwise it might have been a little longer before I found her cool blog about all things teaching in Madrid.
A blogger on a year’s Fulbright scholarship, Cassandra weaves a mean yarn discussing hot topics like her Spanish mullet, strange teaching requests and also shows us how to pack like a demon to get all that damn fine Spanish produce through customs safe and sound.
Hopefully 2012 will continue on much in the same way!
Based in little known Logroño, Young Adventuress, or Liz as she’s also known (I prefer the first one), is another American blogger talking about Spanish travel at her home on the web.
Exceedingly well-travelled (she’s backpacked all over Europe and lived in many different places in Spain) reading Liz’s posts are always an eye-opener as to the possibilities there are in this wonderful country. She’s not adverse to a rant either, as her post on Auxiliares shows.
Love to see more of that side of you in 2012 Liz!
Here’s a blogger who absolutely shone in 2011 and really impressed me with her witty writing and language learning tips. What’s even more impressive though is that this blogger doesn’t even live in Spain! Kudos to you Kaley you’re an inspiration!
Writing mainly about stories that come out of her relationship dating her Spanish boyfriend Mario, Kaley’s blog is a Spanglish paradise full of amazing diatribes and the ocasional Spanish fashion tip.
If you only pick up one new blog in 2012 make sure it’s this one!
I had to have a fellow guy (women are ruling the blogosphere in Spain so it seems) in here somewhere didn’t I? I’m pretty sure I’ve made a good choice though with Madrid-based Graham.
His blog, full of travel tales of rambling around Spain and nearby Europe, is definitely one that’s helped inspire my bucket list. Here’s hoping he contines to give me more ideas going into the New Year and beyond.
So that’s it for my list of blogs to watch on Spanish travel in 2012. A big thanks to all the bloggers named (and to those equally brilliant yet slightly more estabilished ones I’ve missed) for making 2011 a year of great Spanish discovery.
Let’s all keep up the good work in the New Year and beyond! Felicitationes!