Hi and welcome to my blog. You are probably wondering who I am and how I fetched up in Santander in Northern Spain.
I grew up in Ireland surrounded by computers, art and apples. I first touched Spanish soil in 1992 when I studied in Salamanca, a beautiful university city, before heading to Santander on the northern coast for the summer as an au-pair. Fast-forward a few years and I’m now living in Santander with a Spanish husband and some kids of my own.
The route back to Santander took in Brussels, Cork, London, Madrid and Amsterdam. From these locations I worked in many roles in the public, private and voluntary sector. At the turn of the millennium, I transitioned from working as a business analyst with Dell Computers in Ireland to managing a team of online researchers in London and never looked back. I completed a PMA Postgraduate course in Magazine Journalism in 2002 and had my first byline as an assistant editor on a business title within a few weeks. In time, itchy feet took me away from London but I continued to freelance for a number of British business publications.
I never really planned to live in Santander – I came here for a month in 2007 and never left. It seemed to be a nice place to raise young children and I took a four year career break to do just that. I re-embraced the workplace in 2012 and have been working on English content & comms projects with Spanish companies since then. In 2013 I started writing this blog and love the motivation it gives me to explore new or hidden parts of the city. When I began, I imagined the posts might be useful to people visiting the city (or thinking about coming here) from abroad but I have come to realise that many of my readers are Santanderinos either living here or abroad that are interested in seeing their city in a different light.
As you’ll see when you browse this blog, I’m keen to cover the more unusual aspects of living in Santander in this space. I write about the things I like here – anything from ice-creams to abandoned houses, and beach walks to curvy buildings. The ideas are often prompted by friends and family who talk about a particular place or tell me about their favourite spot. You will see that I’m quite fond of the architecture here – I have grown to love the mix of old and new in the city and the backdrop of the bay is unbeatable. Please feel free to comment on my posts – I love feedback. And if there’s anything you think I’ve missed out on or needs amending – let me know.
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