Tag Archives | spain

The Musical Streets of Málaga

Take a virtual trip to the streets of Málaga. Click below, but don’t forget your headphones or earbuds. Please let me know what you think in the comments. Thanks for listening and I hope you enjoy it!

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The World Championships of Paella

Every year in the town of Sueca, Valencia, chefs from around the world square off in a tasty competition to make the best Paella Valenciana anywhere. Click below to listen or download, and don’t forget to subscribe in iTunes, Google Play, iHeartRADIO, PodBeanPlayerFM or iVoox. Scroll down for links and a few more pics.

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Madrid is Calling You

After a tremendous response to the binaural soundscape I did of Madrid’s Rastro–you said, “¡Más, más!”–I got right on it. Here it is. Remember, you must wear earbuds or headphones to enjoy the three-dimensional sound experience. I hope you like it, and if you do, it would be a big help if you leave a review on iTunes for me (click the link and then hit the “View in iTunes” button, where you’ll see the menu for Ratings and Reviews). Thank you for your support!

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Madrid’s Rastro: A Feast for the Ears

My latest podcast takes you on a sound-rich tour of the Rastro. Using custom built microphones and a special setup, I recorded this in binaural audio, which is incredibly immersive and three dimensional. You’ll feel like you’re there. If you’ve never heard binaural audio recordings before, you’re in for a treat. (To get the effect, you have to wear headphones or earbuds.)

I’d love to hear your comments! Thanks for listening.

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¡Felicidades Canadá!

July 1 is Canada Day and this year marks the nation’s 150th birthday. To celebrate the occasion I thought I’d post the following essay, which I wrote in 2012 for the Canadian magazine Explore, edited by James Little. It’s a story about kayaking in Canada, but also a story about Spain. Hope you enjoy it. Happy Birthday Canada!

Not in Spain anymore: The gorgeous granite of Phillip Edward Island, Georgian Bay, Canada. Photo ©Mike Randolph

A few years ago, I moved from Toronto to Zaragoza, a city in northern Spain. Not long after, my friend Graham came to visit. Hanging out one evening, drinking wine on the terrace of my neighbourhood restaurant, he said something I still think about now and then.

“Do you ever worry that if you stay here long enough, you won’t really be from Canada anymore, but you’ll never really be from here either?”

I don’t know the answer to my friend’s question, except to say that when you live somewhere for a span of years, you can grow into the rhythm of the place and eventually it starts to feel like home. I was born in Spain, but we moved to Canada before I ever spoke my first word of Spanish. My family was a typically Canadian family in that our house was a small enclave of some other country. When I didn’t spend my summers in the Canadian bush, I spent them on Spanish beaches. It was never easy to choose between them. Continue Reading →

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