Spain Savvy on Enjoy Living Abroad Blog
We were thrilled to be featured on Karen McCann’s «Enjoy Living Abroad» blog where we discussed what it’s like to visit Seville in winter. Karen also interviewed our founder Sarah Gemba on what brought her to live abroad and how she enjoys life here!
Karen asks Sarah about how she came about to start Spain Savvy and here’s what she had to say about her customer base and how she prepares her clients for their first visit to Spain:
I focus on the U.S. market, and my clients are anywhere from 2 to 80 years old (some of my favorite clients are families with small children!). My clients are interested in luxury or adventure travel. They are curious travelers who like to eat well and discover the hidden corners of their destinations. They speak a little Spanish but are yearning to learn more. They want to meet locals and learn what it would be like to live (or retire!) here.
(I recommend they…) erase any pre-conceived notions you might have about Spain and prepare to be dazzled. This country will truly surprise you in so many ways. Do a bit of research and reading, and brush up on your high school Spanish so you can connect with the locals. If you are friendly, they will respond with a tremendous amount of warmth and welcome!
There is absolutely no better way to get to know a culture than through its food. For instance, many classic Spanish dishes came to be during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) when richer foods were hard to come by. One of our favorite holiday traditions is making migas on Christmas Eve at mid-day. Migas are made in a huge cazuela (ceramic deep dish) and the star ingredient is day-old bread crumbs (in some provinces, it is simply flour or semolina). There are hundreds of versions of this dish all over Spain, and it can be a fascinating way to learn about the history of a place by finding out why they use certain ingredients.
Check out the full interview at this link: Sarah & Seville: A Love Story
A warm gracias to Karen for being a big supporter of Spain Savvy since its inception!
On another note, if you are following this blog, please stay tuned for more regular posts in 2019. 2018 has been a busy year for us as our business grew, but we have made an important New Year’s resolution to focus a bit more on our blog content in 2019.
Contact us here if you would like to plan your own custom itinerary, or if you have any requests for future blog content!