My Guest Post on the Madrid for Refugees Blog

I was recently asked to write a guest post on the Madrid for Refugees blog.

It’s the story of an old guy coughing and wheezing his way through a tough workout with a bunch of 20-somethings.

Or not… (I’m actually in decent shape these days. Three years of Convict Conditioning will do that to you).

Anyway, here’s the article: Feeling the burn at the Madrid for Refugees fitness and boxing classes.

And here’s a couple of sweet photos:

As always, you should come out. Classes are female friendly and no knowledge of boxing is necessary. (Some baseline level of fitness would probably be good, though.)

We’re there on Saturdays at 11:30 and the cost is 6 euros… all the money (that’s 100%) goes to GB. Get in touch and I’ll give you all the details.

And by the way, the classes are mostly in English. It’s a good way to practice, if you’re learning English and don’t mind sweating in the process.

Personally, I’m happy to support Madrid for Refugees. In my opinion, Madrid is a city that welcomes everyone, and I want it to continue to do so.

Have a happy weekend!


P.S. Of course, there’s plenty of other stuff going on here in Spain. We still have no government. We’re still waiting on city hall to change some of the more fascist street names. And this week, my post 32 Reasons Why I Love Spain celebrated its first birthday. That article seems to touch a nerve in a lot of people, especially Spaniards living abroad.

P.P.S. I briefly contemplated writing a sequel to the “32 reasons” article about why I hate Spain, but I couldn’t come up with anything. Am I too good at focusing on the positive? Am I ignoring “reality”? Maybe… there’s a guy over here who hates Spain. But he’s kind of dumb (and not a great writer either). You gave an 8000€ deposit on a flat and the estate agent disappeared with your money? Sorry dude, them’s the breaks.


How did I end up in Madrid? Why am I still here 12 years later? Excellent questions. With no good answer... Anyway, at some point I became a blogger, bestselling author and contributor to Lonely Planet. So there's that. Drop me a line, I'm happy to hear from you.

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