Imagine my thrill last November in a Columbus, Ohio Barnes & Noble bookstore during my annual USA visit, leafing through the “Rick Steves’ Spain 2012” book which recommended MadridMan.com!! He wrote:
“Helpful Website: MadridMan.com is run with passion by American [MadridMan] and offers tips on sightseeing, hotels, restaurants and more.”
Respected author and travel guru, specializing in Eurpean Travel, fellow American Rick Steves does, in fact, recommend MadridMan.com in his “Rick Steves’ Spain 2012” book. Also, as I gather from his recent Rick Steves Blog, will also list MadridMan.com in his upcoming “Rick Steves’ Europe Through The Back Door 2013” edition – out in August 2012.
Trust me, upon reading this in his book I was all a quiver, trembling ever-so-slightly as I jotted down the quote on a piece of scrap paper. I thought, “Rick Steves likes me! He REALLY likes me!” Okay, I’ve never met the man, but I was touched by the recognition. I also have to wonder how he found me in the first place. Sure, I’ve been around since 1996 doing this MadridMan thing, but still, I’m just a guy doing what he loves and not a corporation with a staff of hundreds.
Also, anyone who knows me knows I NEVER-EVER “blow my own horn”, never self-publicize, never promote myself in almost any way apart from the business cards I bought last year – which are now gathering dust in the cupboard. I figure if you do something, anything with passion (and do it semi-well) you’ll get recognized. But this time I couldn’t pass-up the opportunity.
MadridMan.com has been often recommended in print books by Frommers, Fodors, Lonely Planet, and other travel books over the years – and I thank them all for their appreciation. The one by Rick Steves really does me proud, maybe because he’s like the American Pope of European Travel. Thanks, Rick!!!