Brave New Beginning

Who is Susie MacLean? Well, in my opinion, she is a walking encyclopedia about the history and culture of Spain. Her Scottish last name is misleading, as she is actually from Denmark. One day, 10 years ago, she made a spontaneous decision to board a plane heading for Spain. It was an impulsive decision that would change the course of her life.
When she arrived here, she immediately felt that she had come ‘home’ and was so intrigued by the country and its people that she never went back. Susie had no prior knowledge of Spain, didn’t know the language, didn’t know any people here and to top it off, she was unemployed.
However, being the intelligent and adventurous woman that she is, she was determined to make a life for herself here. As we all know, if you follow your heart, things have a way of working out. Some call that synchronicity. She settled in Frigiliana and started to master the language by talking to the locals and by helping as a care-giver.
One day, while her son was visiting, she went on a guided tour. She found it incredibly interesting but after the tour, she felt that there was so much more she wanted to know. This inspired her to start researching and absorb all that she could about Spain. One thing led to another, and before she knew it she was connected with tour operators that needed a travel guide. It was the perfect position for Susie, allowing her to combine her natural talent for storytelling with her passion for Spanish history and culture.
As a tour guide, she has spent many hours of her free time over the years in hotel rooms compiling her notes. This compilation has resulted in her new book entitled Andalucía with Susie MacLean. In fact, it is so new that currently only the Danish version is available (the English version is in the works). The Danish title is En Anderledes Tur i Andalusien med Susie.
It is a delightful combination of a travel- and guidebook with the focus being on the provinces of Málaga, Cadiz, Seville, Cordoba and Granada. If anyone would like a copy of the fully-illustrated Danish version, it is available as a pdf file on CD-Rom. Please contact Susie directly at: Also, Susie would like to hear from anyone who might be interested in helping her get it published.

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