Category Archives: Russell Benavides

How to Find an Apartment in Spain

By: Russell Benavides

Apartment hunting can be hard enough as it is in the States – Realtors, roommates, budget, rent control, contracts – it can all be pretty overwhelming. Add to the mix a foreign country, a language barrier, few internet resources, old-fashioned flyers, and you get the fun filled adventure of finding an apartment in Spain. Continue reading How to Find an Apartment in Spain


Tasty Bites A Coruña: Taberna Casa Rita

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By Megan and Russell

After a long week of working online inside the apartment, we love to spend our Saturdays walking around the city center. We visit the neighborhood farmer’s market, do some window shopping, and ALWAYS stop by Taberna Casa Rita.


We discovered this gem one Saturday by simply following the crowd. We noticed a sidewalk clogged with locals gathered outside of Casa Rita, talking and drinking in typical Spanish fashion. We pushed our way through the pack and finally made it to the bar area. To blend with the locals, we ordered a caña and glass of Albariño wine. Our drinks came accompanied with a complimentary cup of stew, and with one bite, we quickly realized why everyone was here at Casa Rita. Continue reading Tasty Bites A Coruña: Taberna Casa Rita

How to Find a Great Restaurant When Traveling

By: Russell Benavides

My favorite part about traveling around the world is discovering all the new food and drinks in each city we visit. The chorizo in Spain, the truffle pasta in Italy, the salmon in Seattle, the wiener schnitzel in Germany, the craft beer in Oregon. My mouth is watering just writing about them. Each place we go is filled with wonderful dishes and I make it my mission to try the best ones. Over the years, I have become adept at finding great places that are delicious and for the most part affordable. See how I find these restaurants in the steps below. Continue reading How to Find a Great Restaurant When Traveling

Tips for a Last-Minute Trip to Oktoberfest

By: Russell Benavides

Megan and I traveled to Munich last December for our Christmas trip through Europe. When we left, we could have never imagined we would be returning nine months later for Oktoberfest. But that is exactly what happened a few weeks ago as we found ourselves smack dab in the middle of the opening weekend of the great German beer festival.

What is even harder to believe is how easy and affordable it was for us to book this trip at the last-minute. Continue reading Tips for a Last-Minute Trip to Oktoberfest

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Our Spanish Football Experience

By: Russell Benavides

Being the sports nut that I am, I love to throw myself into the sports culture of whatever city I am in at the time. When I was in Boston, I thoroughly enjoyed going to Red Sox games. When I visited San Francisco last year, it was great watching the Giants in the playoffs and feeling the energy of the city. Now that I am in Spain, this desire to connect with their sports culture is no different. Unfortunately, their sports culture is quite a bit different from back in the States. Basically it’s soccer..errr….football and football only.

Continue reading Our Spanish Football Experience