Over at our sister site Notes in Spanish we share the very best places to eat, drink, visit and just generally wander around in Madrid – the result of 20 years thorough investigation by Ben, and a lifetime living here for Marina! Check it out here:
In 2006 my wife Marina and I started the Notes in Spanish podcast to teach people “The Real Spanish You’ll Never Find in a Textbook or Classroom”, using 100% real conversations.
We’ve had over 37 Million podcast downloads since then, reaching people from almost every country in the world, at every level of Spanish, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced: Check out Notes in Spanish here¡Gracias!
This blog, Notes from Spain, was the first piece of a puzzle in an unlikely chain of events that led my wife, Marina, and I to leave our jobs and work full time on our kitchen-table podcasting business, Notes in Spanish, that has been going for over 10 years and has had over 31 million downloads so far.
I’ve written a book telling the whole story, and including absolutely everything we know about running a business online, reducing work hours, and having fun in the meantime!
Check out this video for more details, and order the book from Amazon: see the links below the video…
If you are new to Notesfromspain.com, welcome! And please do take a good look around… The forum is great and super-active too.
For those that wonder where I’ve gone, I’m still collecting my thoughts after 8 months of little to no sleep (parenting related!) Now we are sleeping more, energies are still settling. Back soonish or laterish. I hope everyone is well. Ben.
I’ve just returned to reality after 10 days living in the land of flu, which served to remind me of one important thing: how great Spain’s public health system is. You feel ill, you call the doctors in the morning, they see you that same day, for free, and prescribe you medicine that you only have to pay a tiny percentage of.
OK, so that’s the same all over most of Europe, but I just wanted to point out again how fast and efficient the whole process was. Can’t say the same for the flu unfortunately. It was slow, and annoying.
Back to another of my favourite gripes (I think that might have been a bilingual pun!), Being pregnant is a fag in Spain is the title of an interesting article in today’s Telegraph, in which Michaela Rossi can’t believe the attitude to smoking and pregnancy/kids in Spain. It’s a good read, and seems totally accurate.
Fortunately for Michaela and other parents (like ourselves) who don’t like mixing kids and smoke, the health minister, Trinidad Jiménez, has been out this morning promising once more that there will absolutely be a full smoking ban in closed public spaces, including restaurants and bars, in 2010.
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