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Intercambios and English Activities Madrid-Style


This post is being dedicated to all of my past, present and future English students here in Madrid.

Also to many of my Spanish friends and other people who I know who are always saying how they need to practice their English.

Well, in Madrid there are TONS of activities and places where you can do just that.

The “Guiri” (or Foreigner) Community in Madrid is very large and we LOVE to plan and organize events that let us do the things we loved doing back at home. Something to get us out of our little circle. Something to mix up our typical tapas/disco dancing/dar una vuelta around the city day to day activities here in Spain.

If you are looking for just a good ole ‘Intercambio de Idiomas’ (or Language Exchange) check out these places:






  • Cafe Madrid (Metro: Opera)@9:30pm/21:30h
  • Cachibola Pub (Metros:Sol or Tirso de Molina—in the Plaza Jacinto Benavente to the right of the Yelmo Ideal Cine) @10pm/22h—this one is put on by ‘Multilinkual‘ and the intercambio is after the Movie Night (see below—Extra English Activities)



(FYI: Weds.,Thurs. and Sunday nights have maaaaaaaaany options!!! So I’d say in general try a few out and see which ones you like. Intercambios are sometimes a gamble. Just try as many as you can!)

In General the Top Intercambio in professional Intercambios are the ones listed below. When you go ask for these people and they are the organizers of these Intercambios and can help you meet new people (especially for those who decide to go solo to these events.)

Extra English Activities

Of course there are TONS of places in Madrid but these are some of the ones that I know or have personally been to.

If anyone has anything new to tell me about, or make any corrections to the info I’ve given above….please email me or comment on this page! Thanks!

Here are some other links to check out for more info on all of the above in English or Spanish!

Get out there….meet new people, get out of your shell and have a damn good time!!!! (And of course practice your English! ;-))


La Guiri

A lil Rrrrebate from your TIGER


So this morning I had one of the best surprises I could get on my way home from my morning class in Nuevos Ministerios on Calle Orense.

They’ve just put in a new TIGER store.

Let’s just call this store a major drug. Anything you could imagine is there and for CHEAP!!!!!

For example:

Stacey’s Mission Impossible Made Possible……

For almost 3 years I’ve been searching for a great little basic sewing kit in Spain, but for some UNGODLY reason they are IMPOSSIBLE to find and those that you find at a creepy Chino shop are completely overpriced. I walk in the door of this new TIGER store and what do I find for next to nothing in euros??? 2 different Sewing Kits. BOO-YAH!

And how much did I pay for these 2 amazing kits????? —– 4 EUROS!!!!! TOMA YA! BOO-YAH! 🙂 (now I wanna sew something..anything really!)

I found this store back in early 2009 when they opened their first shop on Calle Alcala, next to Metro Pueblo Nuevo and the minute I walked in I knew it was going to be a long term shopping lover affair.

For all of my American readers, Imagine a dollar store with the style and class in its store design and in its products like the Target stores.

The most expensive product I have ever seen in the shop has been around 25 – 30 euros and it was a clock radio with a retro design. Most products range from 1 euros – 7 euros…..the store sells everything…..arts and crafts supplies, house decorations and kitchen supplies, gardening supplies, games and lil toys for kids, bath supplies, extras for your tool box, bikes, car…they even have ipod/iphone covers for 3 euros, recyclable bags for shopping….even SNACK FOOD!!!!!

It is the clean and organized and CHEAP CHINO….made by the DANISH!!!!! It started 10 years ago in Copenhagen and it’s making its boom across Europe.

Imagine….in 2 years it has gone from 1 store in Madrid to 4 stores!!!!!! And I guarantee you it will grow…and fast!!!!

So go check out the 2 new locations here in the Madrid or visit the original 2.

Locations in Mad-town:

Definitely worth your wild…..and for my British friends…its in the UK too!!!!! 🙂

This store is going to be as important to Spain as IKEA and Primark have become….. Love It!!!!! 🙂