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.

alhambra palace, josh taylor, spain, josh taylor blogger
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!

josh taylor, valencia, spain, paella

 

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 😉

The Finish Line at 8am
The Finish Line at 8am, Cadiz

 

76 thoughts on “About”

  1. 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.

    1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

      1. 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.

  7. 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!

    1. 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 :)

  8. 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 :)

  9. 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

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

    Please read my blog about my journey

    jethroylee.blogspot.com.es

  11. 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!

    1. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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?

  14. 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… :)

  15. 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

      1. 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

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

    1. 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.

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

  19. 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

  20. 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.

  21. 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!

    1. 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 😉

  22. 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

    1. 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!

  23. 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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  24. 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.

    1. 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 😉

  25. 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!

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

  26. 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.

  27. 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

    1. 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!! 😀

  28. 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

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