Spain From a Backpack was recently reviewed in the Chicago Tribune.
There are guidebooks and then there are stories. This series (other books in the series include "Italy From a Backpack" and "Europe From a Backpack") offers first-person accounts from mostly twenty- to thirty-somethings about their experiences--both good and bad--while living, working, studying or traveling through Spain. Some follow in the footsteps of Hemingway (running with the bulls in Pamplona); others participate in a pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago. The stories here are, for the most part, modest descriptions of life in Spain. In "Life as a Metro Musician," an American sings classic rock songs and plays guitar in the Madrid metro. Anyone with memories of backpacking on the continent is sure to find moments of inspiration in this humble collection.
-- Chicago Tribue