About Alan Wagoner

Alan digs on technology and travel and is definitely the comic in the family. He's traveled all over the globe in search of cultural experiences. He has a fantastic wife and two great children that put up with his "humor", and luckily they all love travel as well. In Aug 2012, they sold their house and all of their possessions and moved to Spain to soak up the culture. He has written a book titled Live In Spain to help those wanting to obtain a Spanish Resident Visa. He also loves to write about the funnier side of the family's adventures.

Spanish Immersion Is The Kick In The Pants I Needed

After a few years of living in Spain, both Heidi and I should be further along with our Spanish.  She’s actually much better than me, and I won’t even discuss how well the kids do.  It’s both frustrating and a bit humbling to have them correct me when I’m saying things wrong.  So, I have taken a trip to Ronda, for a week of Spanish immersion.  I know we already live in Spain, but this is different and we’re partnering with Entrelenguas to help me improve my Spanish.

Spanish Immersion is the perfect way to either jump start learning Spanish or give you the kick in the pants like me, so we are off to Ronda Spain. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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8 Week Road Trip Playlist – Make Memories With Music

We have wrapped-up our Epic 8-week Summer Road Trip, and a couple of the quirky things that came to mind were:

  1. The amount of driving we did;
  2. Our road trip playlist;

8 Week Road Trip Playlist - Make Memories With Music. Driving through Spain and France

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Artisan Soaps In Spain – Naturalmente Mediterraneo

We’re on our way home, and this means that our Epic 8-week Summer Road Trip is coming to a close.  We’ve chosen to end the trip on a good, no great note, and we’ll be doing a Where It’s Made type of post.  Our journey takes us to Naturalmente Mediterraneo and Jennifer explains the process of making artisan soaps and other skincare products.

naturalmente-mediterraneo-shop-Artisan Soaps

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Now It’s Time To Enjoy Some Montblanc French Wines

It’s another lovely tasting for us, this time French wines.  This is not a typical large-scale winery, but a tiny new winery.  It’s at Domaine des Amiel, and it is literally outside our front door and under our apartment.  So Heidi and are ready to start enjoying Montblanc wine!

cuvees-freres-amiel french wines

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Downhill Mountain Biking Morzine, Check It Out!

I’m exhausted.  It’s the good kind though.  Lars is also tired, and yes, it’s also the good kind.  We just spent an entire day together doing something we’ve never done before, and we had an absolute blast!  What did we do?  We we rocked at downhill mountain biking Morzine.

Downhill Mountain Biking Morzine France Summer. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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Rollin’ On The River (Sella)

As we’re traveling on our 8-week road trip throughout northern Spain, we figured that it was time to do some river activity.  We’re in the lovely Asturias region of Spain in the town of Arriondas.  And our activity is (drum roll)…canoeing on the Sella river.  The folks at Trip4Real scheduled our trip, and put us in contact with a great local company, Frontera Verde.

Asturias Spain - Canoeing Sella River. Read more about the adventures on WagonersAbroad.com

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Finding Gems in Madrid

We at Wagoners Abroad see our fair share of tourist things, but what we really enjoy is finding those gems that show the interesting cultural items of a city or country.  This includes not only seeing, but experiencing how the locals do things.  Spending a few hours in their shoes is a fantastic way to better understand people.  With the help of Paula at Devour Madrid Food Tour, she was able to show us a few of the gems in her neighborhood of Huertas.

Devour Madrid Food Tour - experiencing all of the gems. They will take you to some of the best restaurants in Madrid, share the history and meet the locals. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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Valencian Paella Recipe & A Cooking Class

Hey Gang!  I still find it amusing that I’m the one doing a lot of the family Food posts, but it really gives me insight into some amazing cuisine.  Case in point, our Paella Class in Valencia.  Long story short:  This was a really fun experience for all of us, and I highly recommend it. Plus we will share the paella recipe with you!

Paella Recipe and Cooking Class Valencia Spain. A great experience and loads of family fun. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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Learn to Kitesurf Mallorca Spain

In keeping with our water activities theme, we decided to see if we could kitesurf Mallorca.  I consider ourselves very fortunate to have found EDMKPollensa – KiteSurf School Mallorca.  The kitesurfing school is part of the Asociacion Aprende A Navegar kite club, and it’s a quality organization.
Learning to Kitesurf Mallorca Spain - Alcudia, Puerto Pollensa, Kiteboarding. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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