Greetings Insiders Abroad Readers! I’m a long time resident of Spain, having lived in Madrid, Sitges, Barcelona and Galicia for almost 30 years. Earlier careers with multi-national corporations also placed me in the U.K., Istanbul, Mexico City, and Caracas, so I know a thing or two about being an expat! My roots trace back to Wisconsin (USA) with an education from the University of Michigan.
Recently, I published a historical novel entitled “The Reign in Spain – Fall & Rise of the Spanish Monarchy” (https://www.amazon.com/Reign-Spain-Fall-Spanish...), an entertaining book that examines 20th century Spain and the power struggle between Royalists and the Franco Regime.
Presently, I reside in the countryside of central Galicia where I help operate a luxury B&B, which you are invited to visit! My hobbies include sailing, biking, and wine tasting. I look forward to sharing my expat insights, tips, and experiences with you!
Top 3 Favorite Restaurants in Spain?
1) Ca L’Isidre (Barcelona): This may be my favorite restaurant on planet earth, exquisite Catalan/Mediterranean cuisine in a warm, cozy atmosphere & friendly family-like service. If I could afford to, I’d eat here every day and never tire of it.
2) Horschers (Madrid): Perhaps the only place in Spain that still requires gentlemen to wear ties. Where else can one find beef stroganoff & apple strudel. A classic.
3) Can d’en Parra (Ibiza): I used to sail a lot in the Balearic Islands, this was my favorite spot — fabulous mussles in an almondine & wine sauce followed by fresh fish, all washed down with cava and set in an open-air garden venue. Worth putting into port just for dinner!
Top 3 favorite foods in Spain?
1) Iberian dried ham (bellota/acorn fed)
2) Caldreta de Langosta
3) Cocido Gallego
Top 3 tips for new expats in Spain?
1) Learn Spanish, read 1 newspaper article daily, start to finish, with 100% comprehension
2) Travel within the country, frequently, far & wide
3) Step out of the expat-only community and make friends with the locals
Top 3 tips for travelers in Spain
1) Don’t just go to the beaches
2) Drink the wine and plenty of it
3) Don’t expect to dine before 9:00 pm
Top 3 tips for what to pack for Spain?
1) Peanut Butter (Extra Crunchy) – ‘Skippy’ is my brand
2) Maple Syrup
3) Comfortable walking shoes – and use them!
Top 3 favorite places in Spain
1) El Escorial
3) Sagrada Familia
Top 3 neighborhoods in Galicia
1) Santiago de Compostela (old quarter)
2) Bayona/ Baiona
3) Santo Estevo (Parador in the Ribeira Sacra region)
For more tips on life in Galicia and Spain, watch the blog for Kristjan’s posts and blog and read his book “The Reign in Spain – Fall & Rise of the Spanish Monarchy” (https://www.amazon.com/Reign-Spain-Fall-Spanish...).
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