My planned holiday to Europe in Sept/Oct has been postponed, and now I have three weeks to go..... somewhere.
I'm female, early thirties and will be flying out of Sydney. I enjoy my own company and love to travel. Please suggest places to go and things to do that I will enjoy by myself. Preferences after the jump. [more inside]
posted by kjs4
on Aug 1, 2012 -
Are there any great mixed rural/small-town/semi-urban long walks in the U.S.? I'm searching for multi-day, maybe even multi-week routes that are not strict backpacking and would not require the carrying of a tent. More inside. [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine
on Jul 31, 2012 -
We're staying for four nights in Barcelona in mid September. First visit for both of us. Really would appreciate hotel/B&B recommendations, and of course what sights and restaurants the hive mind recommends.
posted by bearwife
on Jul 27, 2012 -
I made the asinine mistake of ordering something off Etsy to a Spanish address. Very bad idea. How do I deal with Spanish customs? What happens when packages are returned for non-payment of duties? [more inside]
posted by jeffburdges
on Jul 9, 2012 -
Tugafi: where in South London should i go to watch the Portugal/Spain game tomorrow? I'd like to watch in a Portuguese place, not a Spanish one. There are 30,000 Portuguese in South London, I think mainly around Vauxhall, Brixton, Stockwell. I know there are a bunch of restaurants on South Lambeth Road, but not sure how good they'll be for the football. We'll hopefully be between 5 and 10 people. Suggestions?
posted by omnigut
on Jun 26, 2012 -
Any tips for a burner newbie? I'm going to Nowhere
in Spain, not Burning Man itself. I've selected a barrio already. Any pointers for a kilt that's suitable for 40°C days, as well as potentially cold nights, preferably with pockets?
posted by jeffburdges
on May 31, 2012 -
Other than by car, what is the quickest way (at reasonable cost) to get from BCN, Barcelona's airport to Salou in the Tarragona region just south of Barcelona using public transportation? It's 1.5 hrs by car but 4+ by PT according to the Google. [more inside]
posted by IndpMed
on May 13, 2012 -
I'm trying to find the primary source of a much-repeated, but somewhat dubious, statistic. [more inside]
posted by Skeptic
on Apr 11, 2012 -
Are there any home exchange websites specifically for rustic cabin-type dwellings? Looking to swap my place in Spain for something in the states. [more inside]
posted by maca
on Mar 16, 2012 -
How do I buy an iPhone app for a friend in another country? also Travel & Veggie growing apps you can recommend would be very welcome. [more inside]
posted by Wilder
on Feb 29, 2012 -
After some recent immersion in learning Spanish, watching Spanish films and going to Spanish conversation Meetups, I have realised I might want to have a go at teaching English as a Second Language in either Barcelona or Madrid. I have a few questions about the feasability of this at my age (42) given that the Spanish economy is not in great shape and my resume has a massive hole in it. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Feb 27, 2012 -
I’m planning to visit Spain for a 90 day period in the coming Spring. I was wondering if The Mefites might help me with some basic info about the region including cost of living, finding temporary living arrangements, and establishing a decent social life in the few months I will be able to stay in the country. [more inside]
posted by Che boludo!
on Jan 3, 2012 -
Simple question: Where do we need to eat and sleep in Madrid and Barcelona?
We are planning a summer trip to Spain (4 nights in Madrid, 2 nights in Barcelona, 1 night in Girona).
The Girona portion of the trip is set -- dinner at El Celler de Can Roca
for an extravagant birthday experience.
What we need are suggestions for restaurants and hotels in Madrid and Barcelona.
(We're also planning day trips to Segovia and Toledo, so you could include lunch spots in those places if you'd like.)
A few notes: we are fairly sophisticated dinners, but we also love simple, straightforward food-of-the-people. Our hotel tastes run toward contemporary/modern, but we're not opposed to something classic -- we just want to avoid international chains.
Thanks for any/all suggestions!
posted by tmharris65
on Jan 1, 2012 -
Ms. Gogomickey just found out her birth father is from the Basque region of Spain. Any suggestions how to start a search given the extreme language barrier? She has a name and other specific information.
posted by gogomickey
on Nov 29, 2011 -
How can my family and I (including 3 children) travel to Europe for at a reasonable cost next summer? We are open to flying into pretty much anywhere in Europe, as I think we can travel within Europe pretty cheaply once we get there-it's the cost of getting there from the West Coast of the US that has me worried. Of course, there is [more inside]
posted by purenitrous
on Nov 21, 2011 -
Say hypothetically, that you had half of a pigs worth of unrendered and raw pork fat trimmings in your freezer, apparently about 20 lbs, that your butcher handed you when they returned the rest of your, now disassembled, half pig. What would you do with it? [more inside]
posted by Blasdelb
on Nov 16, 2011 -
Looking for first-hand experiences of the Camino de Santiago--with potentially complicating health issues. Can it be done? [more inside]
posted by devotion+doubt
on Oct 18, 2011 -
Help me translate some Spanish (Spain) to English, and understand the significance of what it says. [more inside]
posted by robobrent
on Oct 15, 2011 -
How can I enjoy evenings in Valencia not being a night person and not wanting to party or be very social? [more inside]
posted by eau79
on Oct 2, 2011 -
I'm trying to attend an undergrad program for psychology in Spain. I plan to apply directly to the school, not through a U.S. study abroad program. I'm thinking Seville or Madrid. My problem is that I have missed many deadlines for the coming semester in beginning in September. This would be the introductory semester. From what I can find on the websites it appears that the years/semesters are programed pretty specifically unlike U.S. colleges. Does anyone have experience jumping into a Spanish university without starting from the exact beginning of a program? I suppose this may be similar in other European countries. Please feel free to chime in if you have experience in other countries as well. Thanks all!
posted by 4Lnqvv
on Aug 9, 2011 -
I'm investigating the possibilities of working as independent contractor for a US company while under a student visa in Spain. YANML, but can you help point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by Nerro
on Jul 30, 2011 -
What are the must-do adventure-travel-more-than-sightseeing things to do in Spain? [more inside]
posted by jymelyne
on Jun 14, 2011 -
What does the mocking expression "chorizocracia" mean in Castillian Spanish? I get the literal meaning: "Sausage-ocracy" but I think there's a slangy connotation that I, as a non-native, am missing here. What does the term "chorizo" imply in a political context? Thanks!
posted by jason's_planet
on May 24, 2011 -
(Spain) Spanish Social Movements: What sites and literature can I look into to get up to date with social movements on the ground in Spain currently? [more inside]
posted by parkbench
on Apr 21, 2011 -
Train ticket frustration, Level Spain: Have any of you encountered the message "tren bloqueado" or "train blocked" when trying to buy tickets from Renfe? What exactly does it mean and will I ever get a deal on these tickets? Is there anywhere that will
sell them? [more inside]
posted by whatzit
on Apr 12, 2011 -
Help me identify a type of jewelry (artist or style) which I first saw in Bilbao, Spain. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey
on Apr 8, 2011 -
You are around 20 years old and live in Spain. What songs would you like to hear on acoustic guitar? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz
on Apr 4, 2011 -
Plenty of people are using .es (Spain) domain names for sites unrelated to Spain, but is this safe? According to nic.es
, "Any individual or legal entity with interests in or ties to Spain has the right to acquire the domain.". Even at a stretch, I can't claim that for the domain/site I have in mind (I'm in the UK; site would be international but initially English only), it's purely about constructing a gimmicky English phrase (yeah, I'm not generally a huge fan of that kind of thing). [more inside]
posted by malevolent
on Mar 13, 2011 -
just another European travel filter: I just spontaneously bought a round-trip flight to Madrid and have 3 weeks to burn. Any ideas for itinerary? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide
on Mar 3, 2011 -
I'm a U.S. citizen living in the States. How can I obtain a copy of my Spanish police report? [more inside]
posted by veggieboy
on Jan 21, 2011 -
An international music mystery! What weird cover music was my roommate hearing in the background over the last week in Barcelona? [more inside]
posted by Mizu
on Jan 4, 2011 -
I'm looking for 20th and 21st-century Spanish classical choral music -- the Spanish equivalent of Whitacre, Britten, Lauridsen, Howells or Barber, for example. [more inside]
posted by impluvium
on Dec 23, 2010 -
I need a laundromat in Madrid, Spain. They seem to not exist and the threads online that list a few are quite old and the locations no longer exist (see: this thread and note
Surely this is not so. If none exists, an acceptable laundry service that will, for a reasonable price, wash and dry clothes without heavily perfumed (or perfume free) detergent [not a dry cleaning] will do... preferably near Gran Via, but anywhere will do at this point.
posted by rr
on Dec 11, 2010 -
What should we take to Spain as a host gift for people we don't know who are letting us stay in their home for 3-4 days? [more inside]
posted by Joleta
on Nov 28, 2010 -
Brrr! It's getting cold, and I'm getting tied up trying to research heaters... Hope me, AskMe! [more inside]
posted by benzo8
on Nov 17, 2010 -