About

Thanks for visiting my blog!

I’m Josh, a young(ish) Brit/blogger/English teacher living in Granada, Spain. Since 2012 I’ve been keeping up this blog in an effort to demonstrate to travellers and other would-be expats how wonderful the guiri life really is (‘guiri’ is an informal but not offensive term for ‘foreigner’ in Spanish).

The idea, when I moved to Spain, was to learn Spanish and Spain culture by immersing myself within it. I never thought I’d stay here longer than a couple of years, but in 2016 here I still am. Now I can speak Spanish fluently and would go as far as to say I feel more at home here than I do in the UK (especially since we chose to leave the EU). Spain is no longer an adventure for me; it’s my life.

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Me at the Alhambra Palace, Granada

A Brief Background

Despite wanting to learn another language for a while before coming here, I never had the time nor the proper motivation when living in the UK. But after graduating from university in 2008, a subsequent 4-week intensive TEFL course, nine months in Canada, a brief back-packing stint in South America and another year at home, I finally had my ‘now or never’ moment.

So I found a teaching job online and made it happen.

I spent my first 9 months in El Puerto de Santa María, near Cadiz, where understanding the locals was futile (think trying to learn English in Glasgow or Cornwall). A mid-year visit to Granada sparked an interest and I made it my new mission to find work and live there the following year. So that’s what I did.

Now Granada is my home, and for as long as it suits me I’ll carry on living here!

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Halfway up Mulhacen – mainland Spain’s highest mountain.

 

The Blog: Why ‘Spain For Pleasure’?

The aim of this blog is to promote Spain as a place for young people to come and live. You can find info about travel in Spain, the Spanish lifestyle, tips on learning Spanish, tips on teaching English and the odd rant.

And the name? Well the vaguely kinky undertone didn’t really register until after I’d picked and paid for it. I’ll admit it’s a little weird. I thought I was being clever by adding an ‘s’ to ‘pain’ but then discovered that ‘pain for pleasure’ isn’t actually something people say, rather, the title of a random song by a band I listened to when I was 15.

If you’re not already living here, have why not have a rummage and maybe, just maybe, I’ll convince you to come and see what all the fuss is about 😉

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Enjoying the view in Cenes de la Vega, Granada

77 Comments

  • Reply Chica Andaluza December 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    You´re in Andalucia – you´re not just an “extranjero”, you´re a guiri too! All the best folk are 🙂

  • Reply tobyo January 8, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Hi Josh, fellow Spain lover here who hopes to retire not far from Granada: Málaga to be exact. I’m happy to find another blog about Spain! Keep up the great work. I’ve had a brief look around and like what I see! Nice to meet you.

    • Reply Josh January 8, 2013 at 12:57 pm

      Ah thanks Toby! Nice to know i’m finding people! If you’re looking for more Spain blogs then check out my blogroll- there’s a few gooduns in there, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg!!

      • Reply tobyo January 8, 2013 at 1:17 pm

        yes, that is exactly how I found yours: a blogroll of another blog 🙂

    • Reply Josh January 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm

      Ah, I now see from your blog that you have indeed found most of the other Spain bloggers I was referring to. Doh!

      • Reply tobyo January 8, 2013 at 1:18 pm

        he he 😉 I am also a life long Spanish learner as well.

  • Reply susan7976 January 21, 2013 at 3:25 am

    Hi Josh, I’m also a Spain fanatic. Been living off and on for almost 30 years (which means I’m just a little more over 25 than you are 🙂 I live off and on with a group of Gypsies in Seville, am an indie author and life long lover of language and culture now living in Puerto Rico. Look forward to reading your posts.

  • Reply Erin March 6, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Thanks for popping by my blog, Josh! Looking forwarding to following your adventures!

  • Reply Adrian April 2, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Like the blog Josh, and am finding it useful in planning a TEFL training course. Any feedback would be appreciated on your experience in terms of what course (TEFL/CELTA/TESOL equivalent)?, and what’s Granada like for quality of teacher training centres? Thanks in advance.

  • Reply Lily La June 13, 2013 at 10:29 pm

    Awesome blog – I hope to one day teach in Spain, or South America. Sounds like you’re having a great journey out there!

    • Reply Josh June 15, 2013 at 11:37 am

      Thanks Lily! Life is pretty swell for an expat in Spain. You should definitely consider it!

  • Reply ProfeG June 25, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I am heading to Spain on the 30th to do lCamino. Two friends and I planned the whole thing and have been training since February. Shoulde we wait and exchange our money at the airport when we arrive? We hear stories about ATM’s not working and banks not offering good rates? Your thoughts?
    What ages do you teach? I am a Spanish teacher in Upstate NY and always wanted to live in Spain. Are prospects good for a job? Can I contact you for cultural info like special slang words etc…that’s what gets my students excited about learning Spanish! my blog is : http://www.traveljournals.com. Look upper left for Camino de Santiago and I go by ProfeG.

  • Reply 4feet2mouths July 3, 2013 at 2:12 am

    Josh, you still in Spain? Good luck and thank you for following 4feet2mouths on the Camino and everywhere else.

    • Reply Josh July 9, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      Not in Spain right now, though I will be next week. 2 weeks in Britain is looong…

  • Reply tankedx July 13, 2013 at 8:39 am

    Hey Josh! I’m happy to have stumbled upon your blog among the myriad of others that have consumed me lately. I look forward to reading about your adventures in Spain! I hope to one day teach abroad so hopefully I’ll find a lot of insight around here.

    • Reply Josh July 14, 2013 at 12:27 am

      Glad you found me! Looks like you’re having fun building your own blog. Hope the interview for the job in Korea went well 🙂

      • Reply Rae July 19, 2013 at 5:35 am

        I’m in the beginning stages, but it’s a good time haha! It want over without a hitch, but plans have changed.

  • Reply Danielle October 3, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    I’m so glad you’re a ‘twenty-something’ that decided to go teach in Spain because I am too and am planning to apply as an auxiliares this coming January. Most of the blogs I’ve been reading are written by recent college grads going to teach in Spain. For them, it seems like a great move but for me, I’ve been working a 9-5 for the past 5 years and it’s going to be a HUGE decision to leave it behind. I was starting to think I was getting too old to just leave and teach English!

    • Reply Josh October 3, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Naahh never too old for anything! Glad you found me! Where you gonna be based? And more importantly, how’s the Spanish??

      • Reply Danielle October 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

        I actually decided this past summer that I wanted to teach in Spain and by that time I already missed the cutoff date for applications = so now I have to wait until the next school year. But I’m totally fine with that. Now I have a year to save money and learn Spanish. My Spanish is OK but getting better! I’ve been taking a Spanish class in my neighborhood for the past two months and have been taking part in some language exchanges in my area. Luckily I live in NYC where it’s quite diverse and easy to find Spanish speakers =)
        BTW, lucky you that you’re in Granada! I was there in July and fell in love with that place! I would love to be placed there but I know that is wishful thinking haha.

  • Reply Carolyn Rasmussen October 16, 2013 at 3:18 am

    Congratulations on one year of blogging! I saw your number of spam comments blocked. Wow that’s quite a number. I see that you love to travel and seem to travel often. If you could shoot video from your mobile phone and post it to your blog instantly from your phone would you find that ability valuable? I have found such a blog platform and if you are interested please feel free to contact me directly. Not spamming, just offering you info that you may be very interested in. I think you would really love it. Happy travels and congrats again on the 1 year anniversary of blogging!

    • Reply Josh October 23, 2013 at 11:23 am

      Hey Carolyn. Thanks for commenting but please email me with questions like this. I can see you’re not a spam robot but I aim to keep the actual blog about its content rather than anything else 🙂

  • Reply annaemme October 25, 2013 at 9:32 am

    Hey Josh,
    I just found out your blog and it’s really interesting to read how someone else is living this whole thing. I moved to Malaga a couple of months ago and can definitely relate to what you write 🙂

    • Reply Josh October 25, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      Hey Anna thanks for dropping by my blog! Glad you like what you’re finding here! How is Malaga treating you?

      • Reply annaemme October 26, 2013 at 9:09 am

        Malaga is ok, though i’m aching to see new places already haha 🙂

  • Reply Hitch-Hikers' Handbook November 5, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Hey Josh, We have been checking out your blog and we must say that we are very impressed. It’s really great.

    We have particularly been following your posts about Málaga as we visited there too. We have even written a guide, which you can check out here: http://hitchhikershandbook.com/country-guides/spain-2/malaga/ We would love your feedback and any tips, information, advice that you might have would be warmly appreciated.

    Keep up the good work!

    Ania & Jon

  • Reply jetleebigman January 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    I am an exchange student right now living in Galicia, Spain.

    Please read my blog about my journey

    jethroylee.blogspot.com.es

  • Reply Alba January 5, 2014 at 12:56 am

    Hola Josh! Soy una madrileña de veintitantos. He llegado hasta aquí buscando información sobre tu país y me he quedado impresionada. Siempre es agradable que un forastero aprecie la belleza de tu tierra así como su gente y su cultura, del mismo modo que yo adoro tu país y eso que aún no he tenido el placer de conocerlo. Mi objetivo es ir a estudiar inglés en un futuro próximo, probablemente a Bristol, Brighton, Oxford o alguna ciudad del sur de Inglaterra (sin dejar de visitar Londres, por supuesto!), tengo entendido que las temperaturas son algo mejores, aunque no tengo ningún problema con la lluvia, me gusta!
    Te escribo en español para que aprendas y sobre todo porque no quiero ridiculizarme poniendo de manifiesto mi ínfimo nivel de inglés. xD
    Gracias de antemano por el esfuerzo que va a suponerte traducir este comentario. :S
    Me alegro de haber encontrado tu blog, pareces una persona encantadora! 🙂
    Un saludo! Y cualquier duda gramatical que tengas, estoy dispuesta a resolverla!

    • Reply Josh January 6, 2014 at 2:42 pm

      Muchas gracias Alba! Me alegro mucho que has encontrado mi blog! Quiero alcanzar lectores españoles tanto como ingléses… Si te da cuenta errores en mis posts españoles por favor corregeme!

      Seguro que pasarás tu tiempo en Inglaterra genialmente. Has pensado de estudiar inglés en una academia en Madrid antes de irte? Te ayudarías un monton… Buena suerte Alba!

  • Reply Emilio Pasquale January 13, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Spain is on our list of places to visit. My wife is keeping Pinterest boards on all the places she wants to visit. We’d better start soon or we’ll run out of time.

  • Reply Great Work ! January 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Hi, congratulation to your one year aniversary. I love Spain. One day I want to have a house connected to the beach. My dream.

    • Reply Josh January 21, 2014 at 1:47 am

      Go get your dream! It’s just 45 minutes down the road from here…

  • Reply Lindsey Harper January 28, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Hi Josh – Just happened on your blog while browsing for Spain/Euro info. I lived in Rota for 7 years, and love it in Andalucía. I would live there in a heart beat if I could. I visit often as I can. I love your humor, it is spot on, ha! I lived below a women who would walk the floors for hours in her heels waiting for her husband to come home at night, then yell at him for another hour then slam the door. I use to hang out in Puerto in the same beach areas. Great blog, glad I found it!

    • Reply gerry pupkin February 2, 2014 at 10:21 pm

      Why can you not live there?

  • Reply Lena February 6, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    Spain is really fun, Madrid is the best city!! besos

  • Reply Barry O'Leary February 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    Hey Josh,

    How’s it going mate? Great blog. I’m making a list on my blog of top blogs about Spain to follow. Can I include yours? I’m an English teacher too, been over in Seville for 8 years.

    Anyway, good luck mate will keep an eye on your posts.

    Cheers

    Barry
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    • Reply Josh February 12, 2014 at 5:12 pm

      Of course That would be marvellous thank you Barry 🙂 Looking forward to reading the post…

      • Reply Barry O'Leary February 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm

        Great, I’ll drop you a comment when it’s published. Cheers.

    • Reply ernesto July 31, 2016 at 2:19 pm

      Hi barry, can you include my blog in your list! (I’m hopeful!) here’s the url = http://letstalkmadrid.com/ name: Let’s Talk Madrid. Kudos to your A Novel Spain blog and Josh’s Spain for Pleasure blog as well.

  • Reply İDİL April 6, 2014 at 9:46 am

    Ola! I m 3rd year student in the field of English language teaching, from Turkey.I wanna make internship in Spain do you have any advice about placec to apply for? Or another countries that i can teach English in Europe?

    • Reply Josh April 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

      Hi,

      Try International House. I think they do internships. They’re based all over Europe…

  • Reply Darya April 19, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    I love reading your posts about Spain 🙂 I have a travelling blog as well, and I really appreciate people who write in such a sincere and funny way like you – and of course since I live in spain as well it adds an extra! Hope to come in the South of our beautiful country soon… 🙂

  • Reply sarrah May 11, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Hey!

    I was living in Granada for two years -well until last year! ha! i’m heading over next weekend for two weeks. I love this blog! where would you say is the best beach near malaga? I’m thinking Nerja. Also which beach would you consider to be the most beautiful in Andalucia!

    I’m staying with friends but happy to meet up for una caña! xx

    • Reply Josh May 14, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Hi Sarrah. Thanks for your comment. I’d definitely agree with you on Nerja. For more options in the rest of Andalucia check out my best beaches post 😉

      • Reply sarrah May 14, 2014 at 11:57 am

        Thanks! I saw your best beaches post right after I posted here. I’m arriving on Saturday – 1st of June and my itinerary looks set to be:

        17th- 21st Granada
        21nd – 24th Tarifa with a day trip to Bolonia
        24th- 28th Cordoba Feríaaa
        28th- 1st – Nerja

        Maybe catch you in Grana

        Sarrah

  • Reply Darya May 14, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    By the way, after reading even more on Granada here on the blog – I finally decided to take a trip to the South, so I am gonna take a little trip out of Barcelona somewhere in June… if you feel like meeting up for a coffee and telling me more about your teaching Engliah in spain experience, I’d be very happy, since I was considering doing it as well in combination with the studies in musical theatre I will be starting in september.
    I don’t know how I can leave my contact in case you’d be up for it, so here is my email : daryalebedeva@hotmail.com

    Greeys from Barcelona!

    • Reply Josh May 19, 2014 at 1:02 pm

      Let me know when you’re in town and we’ll try and grab a coffee!

  • Reply raj May 25, 2014 at 9:36 am

    Hi friends …. we are a group of 6 couples in our late 30’s from India travelling to spain from 28th October to 7th.November. I know its not the peak season time but we got a good deal for tickets and we did it.

    We are planning to visit Madrid – 2 Days, Barcelona – 2 Days, Ibiza -3/4 days and Malaga -2/3 days. Please suggest if the above itinerary is fine or let me have your suggestion. we are looking for more of party and beach life and not much interested in seeing monuments. Also suggest the mode of travel – by car or by train, etc. Suggestions are welcome from your end.

    • Reply Josh May 26, 2014 at 10:46 pm

      If you’re looking for parties then I’d say you’ve pretty much nailed it with your current itinerary. Save your money and fly with budget airlines or use Blbablacar. Though I really would urge you to visit Granada while you’re in spain, especcially if you’re coming all the way from India.

  • Reply raj May 30, 2014 at 7:29 am

    Thanks for the reply. Will do a day trip of Granada from Malaga. Whay say ? Hope the rest of the Itinerary is ok.

  • Reply I*Kan June 13, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Hi Josh, nice to find your blog. I was just in Granada a few weeks back and loved it! You found a great place to live in:-)
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    • Reply Josh June 16, 2014 at 12:16 pm

      Yes I did didn’t I. I see you’re having fun in Spain. The food in San Sebastian is unreal!

  • Reply really October 2, 2014 at 11:04 am

    That’s great.

  • Reply Joyce November 6, 2014 at 2:11 am

    Dear Josh,

    My name is Joyce and I work for ExpatFinder.com.
    ExpatFinder.com is a free one stop website for people preparing to move or working and living overseas. We provide a myriad of services for expatriates and we have over 2,000 articles to help and support the people moving around the world and we are now creating an interview section to help the expats with real life experiences!
    We quite enjoy your blog about living in Granada, it is very interesting and informative. Would it be possible to interview you to further share some of your tips and feature some of your first hand experience as an Expat and your interview will be published on our Expat Interview section as a guide for our expat readers. The questions are mainly about the day to day lifestyle of an expat. If it would be possible, could you also send some photographs that we can use?
    Of course, if you accept, we can add a link to your blog or some of your website.
    The questions are enclosed, feel free to respond freely. You can return the doc with your answers if you accept this invitation.
    Thanks in advance and do let me know if you prefer other means to conduct this interview and we would be happy to accommodate your terms.

    Best regards,
    Joyce

  • Reply Wedding Photographer December 28, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    You are having so much fun there and Spain is my favorite place to spend vacations . The Spanish food is hard to forget .

  • Reply Miles Brooks March 1, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    I’m planning on spending the summer in Granada, in the Albaicin, with my family. Can anyone recommend someplace that offers Spanish classes for kids – I have a 7 & 14-year-old? The older one has taken classes for a couple years, so has basic Spanish, while my youngest has NO exposure. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks.

  • Reply Dorothy Schmidt July 14, 2015 at 6:29 am

    I wish I was as brave as you are! I am from these people whose mood depends on the weather. When I see the sun something happens and I am so happy and full of energy. The thing is that I live in a town where the weather is mostly cloudy, so I definitely need a change. I think that Spain is incredible destination and I will make a research on moving there. Thanks for the inspiring post!

    • Reply Josh July 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

      You’re totally welcome. The sun rarely stops shining here although in the summer it becomes unbearably hot! Sounds like you need a change though, so take a leap of faith! Good luck 😉

  • Reply Morven Archibald September 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Hey, just wanted to say I love your blog. It’s so interesting and reassuring to know that you also moved to Spain solo and are enjoying it. I’m 17 and I moved to Spain a month ago to work as an au pair for the year. Ultimately with the hopes of becoming a languages teacher. However, I am feeling a little lost as I’m not sure the best way I can make friends being underage for the bar scene. Also on a budget so I can’t enrol on any Spanish courses. If you have any suggestions, that would be so helpful.

    Morven

    • Reply Josh September 28, 2015 at 8:45 pm

      Hi Morven. Moving to Spain at 17 is brave! Well done! Where have you moved from? It’s great that you’re working, even if it’s a homestay position. Unfortunately competition for language teaching is quite intense and most EFL teachers out here have a proper qualification or experience. You may need to wait until you’re 18 until you can do one. Try to use the experience as an au pair as best you can and maybe look up some vocab teaching techniques to give you an idea of what it’s like to properly teach kids. Depending on where you are based, you may find that there are language exchange meet-ups – a.k.a. ‘intercambios’- going on nearby. These are useful for practicing Spanish for no cost. Or perhaps you could get a private one-on-one? Ask your family to help you out with the cost? Let me know how you get on!

  • Reply Gary October 4, 2015 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Josh,

    Really enjoying your blog, brings back lots of great memories as I too move to Andalucia when I was in my twenties, 30 years later I a still love the country more than ever. Granada is probably my favourite place to to stay in southern Spain for the amazing scenery, the incredible Alhambra Palace and the awesome tapas!
    Gary
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    • Reply Josh October 5, 2015 at 3:11 pm

      Agree completely! I might leave temporarily but I’ll always come back for more!

  • Reply James Thomas December 9, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Hi Josh, Great Blog – It looks you are having a great time out there. I always wanted to learn Spanish but couldn’t because of the daily hectic life. Looking forward for more wonderful stuff about Spain from you.

    • Reply Josh December 10, 2015 at 9:32 am

      Cheers James. I just keep it going to help anyone who is interested in either moving to Spain or learning Spanish! Glad you are pleased with what you saw 😉

  • Reply Right Travel January 14, 2016 at 8:52 am

    Nice blog Josh. Really you had a great experience. 🙂

  • Reply Rasheed January 15, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Great blog… Josh

  • Reply Trinidad January 20, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Hi Josh, soy una granadina viviendo en China. Me he encontrado con tu blog por casualidad y enhorabuena, me ha encantado y me ha dado mucha envidia/nostalgia a la vez 🙂
    Disfruta y aprende mucho. Zai Jian!

    • Reply Josh January 31, 2016 at 6:29 pm

      Gracias Trinidad! Ahora no vivo en Granada, aunque seguramente volveré! Quizás deberías empezar un blog sobre la vida de extranjeros jovenes en China!

  • Reply Matthew February 4, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    En los Estados Unidos, celebramos la Navidad por abriendo regalos el día de Navidad. También vamos a la iglesia el día antes de Navidad. También jugamos Navidad música y ver películas todo el dia.

  • Reply Berto Standeffer February 10, 2016 at 2:23 am

    Hola Josh,
    Yo siempre quiere visitar España para mejorar mi capacidad hablar el idioma. ¿Qué es tu ciudad de España más favorito? Madrid obviamente es una ciudad muy popular, pero que vale la pena? Desde tú vives en España para muchos años, que es tu plato mas favorito?
    Gracias, Berto

    • Reply Josh March 5, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Hola Berto…pues Granada es mi ciudad favorita y lo de la comida tiene que ser croquetas puchero o pulpo gallego! Que te vengas a España pronto!! 😀

  • Reply Ernesto March 18, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    I chanced upon your blog and happy to have read a few of your post. More power, Josh!

    • Reply Josh April 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks Ernesto! Power to the bloggers!

  • Reply Ashlyn May 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Hello! I am a fellow blogger and absolutely loved reading your blog! I’m currently traveling through Europe for the summer and blogging about everything I do. I’d love it if you could check out my blog!! Its theblondetraveler.com

    • Reply Josh May 30, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Hey Ashlyn thanks for your comment. I checked out your blog, well done! I will share a post on my FB page 🙂

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