Spotlight on Marlene Markhoul by Susannah Grant

This month we delve into the war-torn past of ultra-resilient Lebanese Structural Engineer, mother of 3 with a classical choral voice who enjoys the best of both worlds in Madrid and Athens and their respective INCs, Marlene Makhoul. What was it like growing up in Lebanon in the 1970’s? My childhood in Lebanon was wonderful […]

Do-it-Yourself Sushi at home with Lucia Shimizu & Nobuko Crook by Susannah Grant

Whilst Sushi is internationally recognised all over the world as one of the key elements of Japanese cuisine, few people know how to make fun, simple versions to enjoy and prepare en famille at home. I was immediately struck by the value of this collective food preparation concept in a world where we increasingly live […]


ISABEL GOIRI BASALDÚA WELCOMES INC TO HER ATELIER IN MADRID                                          Last month some of us were fortunate enough to visit the atelier of Madrid’s last remaining family-owned Haute Couture fashion house, Casa Basaldúa.  We were warmly received by Isabel Goiri Basaldúa, the current Creative Director and grand-daughter of the founder. As many Madrileños are […]

Spain at your feet – a hiker’s paradise by Elaine Samson

Spain is literally at your feet …hiking is a fabulous way to get to know Spain in a more up-close-and-personal way.  It is a great way to explore Madrid, discover historic towns, see lots of different scenery, get great exercise, and meet interesting new people.  Living in Spain introduced me to hiking and it is now […]

Spotlight on Katie Schmidt by Susannah Grant

SPOTLIGHT ON KATIE SCHMIDT, a former Epidemiologist from the US, gives us invaluable insight into a healthier lifestyle and wellbeing. 1.Tell us about being an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach and how did you get into that field? As a Health Coach, I’m a nutrition and wellness advisor and accountability partner who works closely with women […]

Easy Banana Cake…By Kirsty Leggatt

I’m late posting this week and I didn’t want to post yet another recipe but my inspiration is a little dry…hint, hint – I’m open to ideas and submissions!! I thought today that I’d share this very easy and delicious banana cake recipe. Before we left Australia for Madrid, my grandmother gave me a bunch […]

Happy New Year…By Kirsty Leggatt

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone! I’d like to offer a big welcome to all new comers! And invite everyone to share their stories with us. I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas and New Year. This is a quick post to welcome in 2016 and extend to everyone warm wishes for Dia […]