15 Things I Miss About Spain When in the US

I already talked about the things I miss about the US when in Spain and most of you agreed with the list (and made some great additions)!

 

But now it’s Spain’s turn to shine as I present my list of 15 things I miss about Spain when in the US. Like Mom says, “The grass is always greener…”

 

1. Fresh Fish from the Market. There are so many colors and types to choose from. Making friends with your fishmonger guarantees quality!

 

2. Beautiful Churches and Cathedrals. I’ll never forget Seville’s Cathedral illuminated at night. In any small town it seems that you just have to turn the corner to find the next gorgeous place of worship.

Seville

Cadiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. My Spanish Breakfast. Una tostada con tomate y jamón y un café con leche. Never fails!

4. New Traditions. Spain is full of town fairs and citywide celebrations. There is always something to discover.

La Fería de Sevilla

Semana Santa

5. Pretty Pueblos. Visiting the small towns here can take you back in time. They’re peaceful and pristine.

Carmona

Ronda

6. Mobility. Spain has the advantage of most European countries, the fact that you can move between them with relative ease and it’s fairly inexpensive. A weekend in Paris? Sure! Valentine’s Day in Morocco? Okay! (I wish)…

Resting at the airport before a flight to Belgium!

7. Local and seasonal produce. Need I say more?

Chestnuts

Wild Mushrooms

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

8. Tapas! For someone who has always liked to split entrees with people to be able to try more (sorry family) tapas are probably the best creation ever. And in Andalusia they’re pretty cheap too!

Beef Cheek (Carillada)

Seared Tuna with Cous Cous

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9. Andalucía. Ok, this isn’t quite fair because I lived there for three years and can’t really compare other parts of Spain the same way. But I guarantee you it is gorgeous and worth your while to visit time and time again.

The Alhambra in Granada

Small Fishing Boats in Cadiz

10. Food Markets. Vendors shouting, fish flying, and people bartering—you must be in a Spanish food market. They are visually gorgeous and the products are usually great quality and fairly priced. They’re a great place to shop!

Radishes

Figs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

11. Antonia’s Cooking. I lucked out with my MIL. She is a great cook and has taught me a lot about traditional Spanish cuisine. She also loves to watch cooking programs and copy the more “gourmet” ones for us to try.

12. Pork Products. I’ve always loved the jamón, but now I’m obsessed with the morcilla de calabaza and the many cuts of pork for the barbeque!

Morcilla de Patata

Jamón cut by yours truly

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delicious Iberian Pork

13. Easy Public Transportation. There are buses that go everywhere in Spain and the train system also reaches all major cities. We don’t own a car and that is pretty wonderful! The metro in Madrid also works wonderfully.

Atocha Station

14. Kebabs. I fell in love with kebabs while studying in Granada and have been obsessed ever since. Each place makes them a little differently with spices from their native country. I’ll keep trying them until I find my favorite.

15. My New Family! I have been so lucky to have such a wonderful and supportive Spanish family here. Without my in-laws I don’t know how I would have survived sometimes!

Mis Suegros

What do you guys miss about Spain (or your adopted country of residence) when you go back home?

 

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Comments

  1. Hmmm, food! Definitely food. Also, PASEANDO! Please, I hate driving cars so much.

  2. Emma says:

    The next time you go to Granada, check out a Pakistani Schawarma on Calle Elvira. It is A-MAZING. Hands down best schawarma I’ve ever had. They use all fresh ingredients and grill the meat, so it tastes fresh and and delicious with the perfect amount of sauce. My mouth is watering just thinking about it :)

    • Is that the one on the corner that also has the amazing dulce arabes in the window display? It’s like, really tiny? If so I do know it well and it is amazing (and also has some different spices than most others!)

  3. Ca says:

    Your redesign looks AMAZING! Good for you for getting this all together. And I love that picture of you, Ale and your suegros. Miss you tons, but happy for all of these good things happening for you! Hope to see you soon (maybe when Christene comes in early January!?)

  4. Wow! Spot on with so many of these. I only have to hop the pond to get back to blighty but the difference in cultures is vast. I’m going to miss Andalucia like a hole in the head. Easily one of my most favourite parts of Spain. Great post!

    • Thanks! Andalucia is awesome, I miss it every day! You’re lucky that you only have a hop… I have a jump (Boston) but some friends have a leap (West coast) so I guess I shouldn’t complain too much!

  5. Charu says:

    I’m a vegetarian so I may not get on well in Spain but I agree with you on the others…especially small cultural towns. Europe is so full of those!

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