Thursday, September 28, 2023

Katie Sims in Pamplona

Have you been in Portugal?

As a teacher of English in Spain, reading the news recently that Spain ranks lowest in English proficiency in the whole of Europe brought me to despair

Festival Tres Sesenta invades

This carefully thought-out and intelligently executed festival marked a big moment for the music scene in the unassuming city of Pamplona

Music is all around…

Spain is full of music - it’s deep within their artistic culture

Fast-forward in the Pyrenees

The Pyrenees is transformed for summer. Bears, snakes, ice-cold rivers and bemused locals

A love affair with tortilla de patatas: A recipe for disaster?

I don't know about you but one of the things I love most about Spain is the food

Look up, it’s Granada!

Granada requires a neck with 360-degree movement, some billowing hippy trousers and an empty tapas-hungry stomach

The shifting streets of Seville

In true Semana Santa style, there was rain. When there is rain, the processions are postponed and people weep in disappointment

I’m not your media naranja

Tu media naranja: your other half, your better half, your soul mate

Solidarity in Pamplona

Public sector workers heatedly debated their rights. They wanted paralysis, impact and an element of mayhem

Romance in Bilbao

The romance echoes over the cobbled streets, past the black rimmed shop windows and streams down the sparkling bridge-laced river to the impressive Guggenheim Museum

Skiing in Spain – The next big thing

It's all downhill now for Olive Press blogger Katie Sims

Blood-covered monsters and solar panels – Carnival in Navarra!

The carnivals of Navarra are almost prehistoric in ritual and rural legend

A lover of things in Madrid

Madrid is an unassuming capital. Flying over the city a few weeks ago this pilgrim watched it emerge suddenly from roads that twist and turn like ribbons, following a patchwork of brown, olive countryside

Cool mountain lamb and sizzling sweet peppers

Katie Sims visits the community market of El Mercado Santo Domingo in Pamplona

Do you fancy an adventure, sir? Find somewhere new near you!

Golly chaps, it’s Geocaching time with the Famous Five. The world is reliving their childhood with a mischievous treasure hunt that is guided by a virtual network of clues. Warning: childish behaviour is inevitable!

I have quite a lot of fish to fry today

"Language is wine upon the lips" said Virginia Woolf. Well, my language ability does certainly increase with a glass of wine!

Sour grapes

Happy New Year - I missed a massive carnival in Pamplona!

Like sardines in a retro tin can – a microfestival in Pamplona

A POP-UP concert by film maker, photographer and blogger, Korova with Wilhelm and the Dancing Animals

Bethlehem and wine bottles

An exhibition of The Asociación de Belenistas de Pamplona, an association of nativity scene artists, brought a little traditional Christmas cheer

“Martintxos is the new Juevintxos”

Katie Sims in Pamplona joins the Olive Press blogging team - and discovers the local pintxos (tapas) in the Navarra region




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