CARMEN RUIZ DE HUIDOBRO
Founder and Host
Carmen was born and raised in Madrid. She studied at Parsons School of Design in New York. For years, she worked as an assistant art director and set designer on various films, music videos and commercials in Madrid, Morocco, New York and Los Angeles, for directors such as Milos Forman, Steven Spielberg, Ridley and Tony Scott, and Michel Gondry. More recently she has been working with Paul Thomas Anderson, as the production designer for Radiohead’s and Haim's music videos.
After settling in Los Angeles in 2008, Carmen decided to take on other projects, which would allow her to spend time with her young family. She opened Espanolita Foods, a Spanish delicatessen business distributing her own product line through local farmers markets, private events, while also teaching Paella cooking workshops.
Inspired by seeing such interest in Spanish culture, and how many conversations with her customers revolved around traveling to her country, she was determined to create a platform to support her very particular vision of Spain, and so launched Españolita.net. A website which features accounts of visits to artists’ studios, and enchanted places in Spain.
All the travels throughout Spain documenting people and locations, have irremediably pushed her to create Españolita Trips, taking her idea from concept to service.
She now offers unique and beautifully designed travel experiences to Spain, infused by her aesthetic eye and search for simple beauty. She hosts unique itineraries, along with local partners, guiding guests to an incredible cultural immersion through food and artisans.