Allan, Spain & Portugal Specialist
After studying Spanish and art history in college, I decided to make Spain my permanent home in order to completely immerse myself in Iberian culture and become fully fluent in Spanish. I spent my first year in A Guarda, a coastal fishing village in northwest Spain that sits right on the Portuguese border. After that I spent three years in Madrid where I worked in tourism, taught English, and pursued a master’s degree in museums and art historical heritage at the Complutense University of Madrid.
From hiking the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain (twice) and sailing up the Tagus River from Lisbon to exploring countless medieval castles and cathedrals throughout the Iberian Peninsula, I’ve dedicated all my spare time to discovering Spain and Portugal and am eager to share my knowledge, passion and enthusiasm.
A native of Memphis, Tennessee, I am also an avid equestrian, having competed since the age of seven.
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I'll never forget when…
I spent three years giving tours in Madrid’s Prado Museum, a time that was incredibly enriching and motivating. Having studied the major stylistic movements of Western art and the great Spanish masters in college, it was surreal to share my enthusiasm with students and tourists alike. Returning to take a tour as part of my research trip with Audley was equally gratifying as I was able to gain a different perspective on the paintings from our local guide. Every time I see Hieronymus Bosch’s mind-boggling 16th-century Garden of Earthly Delights I am humbled and reminded that art is ever spontaneous and always open to new interpretations.