About Me

After moving to Spain for graduate school to study Spanish language, literature, history, and teaching methods, I fell in love…with the city of Madrid. I has taught English as a second language, written for guidebooks, and guided for Rick Steves Europe for close to two decades. I enjoys vibrant Madrid by wandering the streets to feel the heartbeat of the city and discover new places as well as feeling the comfort of my favorite corners and cafes.

In 2020, with my husband Cris, created Gather To Travel: a virtual tour experience service to help tourists and travelers to visit Spain from home. Things evolved and now we are focused on walking the streets of Madrid (and it surroundings) and sharing the city with you.

Amanda sitting with the Monastery of El Escorial in the background

Amanda was an excellent tour guide.

She was knowledgeable about the cities, and she was approachable at all times. She was calm and reassuring about our abilities to explore on our own during our free time.
Sue (Aurora, IL)

My wife and I, as well as our friends found the 3 hour tour the best part of our visit to Madrid.

Her account of the history and development of Madrid brought the city to life for us. Also, her charm and attentiveness to our needs during the tour were much appreciated. We all hope to her you on our next visit to Madrid. 
David (Lexington, KY)

A warm, friendly & knowledgeable guide sets the tone from the start.

Yeah Amanda!! Spain was beautiful with many amazing things to see.

Mary Louise (Bismarck, ND)

In a word, amazing.

Amanda was an excellent guide; clear communicator, clear expectations, which I appreciated.

Amy (Des Moines, IA)