Rachel Webb was born in England but has lived in Spain since 1996. She writes mainly about Spain and contributes regularly to The European for International Living. She enjoys writing, caring for her holiday rental home and sharing her explorations of Spain and taking a few photos along the way. She teaches English as a Foreign Language part -time and although she prefers writing to teaching she says it doesn’t help improve her spoken Spanish, so she is trying to create a balance between the two. She has won third-prize in the infohub Travel Writing competition and been shortlisted in a children’s story competition.
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You grew up in England but ended up living in Spain. How did you end up in that part of the world? What are some of the fabulous things about living in Spain?
Living in Spain is an outdoor life. I could count on two fingers the number of times we sat outside where we last lived in the UK. We’ve been here for thirteen years and don’t plan to leave – travel yes but move, no.
The weather was not conduce to sit outside, or even have a sitting area out there. Now I have two patio areas – so there is always some shade. Yes I sit outside in the shade.
How does your duel cultural background influence your writing?
I began writing while in Spain. Most of the articles I write are about Spain in a tourism vein.
Does teaching English change the way you write? Does it change the way you look at the beauty and usefulness of words?
I don’t think that it changes the way I write, but I certainly appreciate the English language so much more. It is so enormous, effusive, explicative, descriptive.
Perhaps it’s my Spanish that limits me, but my sons do say the same – that Spanish is so much more restrictive, less expressive.
Share some of your writing goals. What’s next for you?
I’d love to write a tourist guide for Jaen, the publications for this province are scarce. I dream of writing a Parador guide for every Parador in Spain – but that’s so I can visit them all. There’s only 91 at present!
What’s the most interesting book you’ve ever read?
None in particular, I like to read everything and anything that interests me. If I get past the first three pages I´m there until the end.
Book you’re currently reading.
Just finished Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls. It’s supposed to be his best, but I found it quite heavy. It’s a love story entwined with Spanish Civil War activities. I took me a while to get through, not light bedtime – forget about stress, reading!
Where can we learn more about you?
My website www.andalucia-for-holidays.com grew from wanting to advertise my holiday rental home, http://www.andalucia-for-holidays.com/Casa-Rural-El-Reguelo.html then the area around it and it has never stopped. I now take advertising and do reviews.
My latest press trip was horse riding – not a normal pastime of mine, but we went (hubby and three sons – 18,16 and 10) for a night, dinner b&b in lovely rustic accommodation then riding in the fabulous mountains of the Sierra Nevada.