Damian is a travel writer and consultant. Damian started visiting Spain in 1989, to visit his grandparents, who lived in Javea. He moved to Spain in 2003 and has lived here most of the time since. Apart from writing about Spain full time since 2006, he also works with tour groups, bars and hotels, helping them with their itineraries, food and drinks menus and promotion. Whether you need to know where to learn Spanish in Spain or how to serve the perfect gin and tonic, Damian can help you.
As soon as Damian arrived in Spain he found that his love of music, food, history and art would be satisfied by this great country. As a keen guitar player, he found flamenco to be one of the most exciting forms of music, and the wonders of paella, gazpacho, tortilla and Iberian ham satisfied his love of food. He has traveled extensively around Spain.
Damian was working in Madrid during the terrorist attacks of March 11 and Prince Felipe's marriage to Letizia Ortiz, two of the most monumental moments in recent Spanish history. He has also wrestled with the bureaucracy of opening bank accounts, getting registered as a Spanish resident and filing a police report and he knows the Spanish health care system well after spending a month in a Marbella hospital with a burst appendix!
Damian currently divides his time between exploring and writing about Spain and setting up a gourmet drinks tour company.
Follow Damian's travels in Spain:
You can also read Damian's curated collection of Spain Travel articles from around the web on the Flipboard service for iPad, iPhone and Android devices: Spain Travel Magazine on Flipboard
It all started when Damian had a little extra cash floating around and decided to invest it in learning a language - it was too expensive to spend a long period of time in France, German was of no interest (at the time), Serbo-Croat of little relevance - so he picked Spanish.
Damian now speaks the language fluently and has lived almost exclusively in Spain (as exclusively as a travel writer can) since 2003, spending extended periods in Madrid, Seville and Marbella. He has passed the time in Cadiz, Puerto de Santa Maria, Valencia, Barcelona, Granada, Cordoba, Tarragona and Malaga, as well as experiencing the Spanish wilderness during a painfully slow charity hitchhike from London to Morocco.
He moved to Madrid with nothing - no job, no friends, no accommodation and no money. A month later he had a flat, acquaintances and steady work - teaching English like every other expat in Madrid. Within 18 months he had moved on and was now editor of an English language expat magazine. He then lived in Marbella, where he spent six months, followed by a year in Salamanca.
Damian has a degree in Politics, specialising in the European Union. He also has a Certificate in Teaching English as a Second or Other Language - two things which gave him the interest in Spain and the tools to move there and get an appreciation of the culture.
When I arrived in Spain I was amazed by the variety of the country, the beauty of its architecture and landscape and the passion of its inhabitants. I hope that by reading these pages you too will get a sense of what Spain is like. Hopefully it will inspire you to make the journey yourself.
This is not a guide written from a cosy office in London or New York - it is produced on the road in the cities that I am writing about. My knowledge of flamenco, history and Spanish cuisine comes not from books but from real people who have spent their lives in Spain.
I currently divide my time between exploring parts of Spain I have yet to visit and Berlin, Germany.
Follow my Spain exploits on Twitter: @gospain.