Create Your Own Spanish Escape

img_1976Ronda’s world is the stuff of dreams-cultures that I love and music that surrounds me. The  little things make the world come to life, too. Mouth-watering dishes, colors, smells, and impressions that make Ronda’s journey seem real, and you can recreate that atmosphere in your own home!

Here’s a quick guide to creating your own Spanish escape. In the posts that follow, you’ll get a closer look at the real-life inspiration for Ronda’s story!

Playlist and Soundscapes

To set the mood, you need the right music. Try looking up Enrique Iglesias on YouTube or Pandora. Thomas Rhett’s singles, Die a Happy Man and Star of the Show also mesh perfectly with Ronda’s story and love for country music, and they’re great additions to your playlist for the evening.

For the essence of Barcelona, try exploring Stanza’s Soundcities project, as well. Here, you’ll experience the everyday soundscape of cafe chatter, shoppers, traffic, church bells, and more–recorded in the city itself.

Set the Style

It isn’t all about aesthetics…but they sure help. Light a few candles and choose warm earth tones for your accessories. Simple elegance is a hallmark of Spanish style, so pare down your space to create the perfect relaxation spot.

Flavors and Aromas From the Kitchen

Not a Texas Tortilla!

Not a Texas Tortilla!

Authentic Spanish food isn’t always easy to find in the States, but if you’re even a little handy in the kitchen, you can whip up a few tapas or other straightforward Spanish snacks and fill your home with the aromas of Spain. Try these easy recipes on for size, then settle down with some Spanish comfort food while you read!

Chicken & Chorizo Rice Pot, from BBC Good Food

Easiest Ever Paella, from BBC Good Food

Tortilla Espanola, from Savvy Eats

Churros with Chocolate, from Cooking Classy

 

If you try recreating a Spanish getaway in your home, let me know! It’s the perfect way to try something new and experience the Spanish adventure that Ronda does in Two Weeks in Spain. And keep checking in–you’ll be able to pick up your own copy of Two Weeks in Spain very soon!

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