Hi and welcome to my blog. You are probably wondering who I am and what my connections are with 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. Little did I know that I’d be back again with 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 it seemed to be a nice place to raise a family and set-up a business. 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 moving to Spain) 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.
While Santander will always have a special place in my heart, I’ve been spending a lot more time in Dublin to be nearer family, following what was a very sad 2021 when we had to say ‘farewell’ to my younger brother in April. Paddy was not only great at encouraging me to write about Santander but he physically came on many of the walkabouts that led to some of the blogposts. As I’m finding my feet here post-pandemic, I’m not yet sure how this blog will evolve. I guess I’ll just let it find its own feet and when the time is right, I’ll start back posting again…
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