Spain, Despacito

The day’s catch is auctioned off at the fishing port in Jávea.

Have you heard of slow radio? Last year, BBC Radio 3 started a programme designed as “an antidote to today’s frenzied world.” I think it’s a great idea. The pace is slow and relaxing, and that’s a welcome change.

Today, I’m launching a new podcast series that I’m calling Hablando con Españoles. In my travels around Spain, looking for story ideas or working on assignment, I often run into people that I wouldn’t have the chance to talk with if it weren’t for the fact I was wearing my reporter’s hat. A fisherman, a shepherd, an avocado farmer. They’re unedited and unscripted and sometimes wander all over the place, as in, you know, a real conversation! Not quite slow radio, but pretty chilled out.

I was going to put them into a whole new podcast because they are, by necessity, in Spanish. But I know that many of you speak Spanish, so while I’m trying them out, I thought I’d include them here. For the rest of you, just so you know, I will continue to do English podcasts as well as more of my binaural soundscapes.

While on the subject of slowing down, I’d like to give a shout out to my friend Ben Curtis, who you probably know from his blog and podcast that teaches people how to speak Spanish like a Spaniard. Ben’s also got a new podcast out and it is fantastic. In Being Happiness, Ben talks about the stresses of modern life and how to approach them to live a happy life. There’s a lot of wisdom there, and you might just be inspired (and happier), so check it out.

I hope you enjoy the first instalment of Hablando con Españoles. I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below, and if you feel like giving me a little support, leaving a comment on Apple Podcasts would be very much appreciated. Thank you.


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10 Responses to Spain, Despacito

  1. lc February 26, 2019 at 14:43 #

    Fenómenal, me encanta! Por favor, más podcast como esto, en español, y con personas como este hombre, con raices en una epoca más lento, y de un España quiza un poco “olvidado.”
    Mil gracias por esto.

    • Mike Randolph February 26, 2019 at 19:12 #

      Muchísimas gracias por su comentario, me ha dado mucha fuerza motivadora. Muy amable. ¡Más está en camino!

  2. Brian Neale February 26, 2019 at 16:43 #

    i visited the fishing auction in javea with my brother and sister in law almost 10 years ago and it was very interesting to watch

    • Mike Randolph February 26, 2019 at 19:16 #

      Thanks for your comment Brian. I’ve been to quite a few all over Spain and one of the most interesting things for me is that they use a descending price system. I find the psychology of that interesting…

  3. Ben Curtis February 26, 2019 at 22:42 #

    Hurray! Hablando con Españoles is live! Can’t wait for more!

    • Mike Randolph February 27, 2019 at 14:36 #

      Thanks Ben. Your encouragement is much appreciated!

  4. cheryl February 28, 2019 at 02:46 #

    Love it Mike!

  5. Geri Biehl September 19, 2019 at 06:17 #


    I love your podcasts. Poignant and real. Entertaining. Insightful. Well edited. Thank you. The only thing you could add is…more! Quiero más de todo. Especialmente las entrevistas como las con los pescadores y los pastores. Me encanta escuchar sus acentos y intentar entender los que dicen. Esas son vidas que me temo desaparecen. Gracias por preservarlas. Now get crackin’! 😉

    • Mike Randolph September 20, 2019 at 11:00 #

      Thank you for such a thoughtful, nice comment, Geri! I’m on it!

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