Check out this stunning photo essay, Madrid Through The Looking Glass, by our friend Mike Randolph…
I have happily signed this change.org petition to allow the roughly 24,000 British people like me who live, work and pay taxes in Spain, the right to double UK-Spanish nationality.
As things stand, the most sensible thing to do now for people in my position in response to Brexit is to take on Spanish nationality, something I am delighted to do as I feel more than half-Spanish after 18 years here, but under current legislation, that means I have to renounce my British nationality to the Spanish authorities at the same time, as they do not allow Brits to have double nationality (they do allow this however to all South American citizens, and a few other countries, so it is quite possible).
To give up my British nationality feels like renouncing a great part of my identity, and allowing double nationality with the UK would solve this serious problem that Brexit has created.
I’m very excited by this new podcast from my friend Mike, a professional journalist and Spain expert who is diving into Spanish food culture. Check it out and suscribe here!
Here’s a great Spain blog worth checking out, Spain by Mike Randolph. Mike is a professional photographer and writer, and this is a great place to learn a lot about Spain and Spanish Culture.
…is up to you, only up to you, and not up to anyone else. Look after yourself, do things you like, love yourself (and other people will love you more as a result)
…means being peaceful
..is about stopping a lot
…is about realising all the reasons you already have to be happy
…is about giving up ideas about things you don’t have or aren’t doing that you are convinced will make you happier when you are already actually quite happy as it is
…is about giving more to get more
…is living in the present, not the past, not the future
…is about positivity
…is getting out and about
…is getting unstuck
…is moving, but not striving
…is just relaxing and not trying too hard
…is saying, OK, why not, that should be interesting
…is letting go
…is realising all crises are impermanent (and so is everything else)
…is listening to the birds, or the wind in the trees
…is walking up a new hill
…is giving the person you are with all your attention
…is thinking I was writing this post on another
secret (no longer secret) ‘in the works’ blog project of mine, then suddenly realising I am writing the draft post here on Notesfromspain.com by mistake instead, and deciding to publish it here anyway. I’ll add a pretty photo to the top too, of the super-happy guy who skates around the statue of the devil in the Retiro park. Hopefully the photo or the words will make someone happier. Maybe I’ll explain all the points one by one on my the new blog if anyone is interested. Or here. There are no mistakes after all! Un abrazo, Ben
What makes YOU happy?
One from my photo archives – Cadiz old town is one of the most intriguing places in Spain, it transports you to different eras at every turn. Go and see it some time!
Over at Notes in Spanish: More Photos, and Fun Spanish Food and Snacks Vocab
He may have a bit of mud to contend with, but have you seen his view? Only in Asturias…
And a gentle trot down the track brings him to the magnificent Playa de Cuevas del Mar. Lucky Cow.
From woodland near Arriondas… though almost any pathway in Asturias will turn up beautiful things like this at this time of year.