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WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN ANIMATED ANIMARIO?

With the motto "Imagine the real, create what's imaginable," the Animario International Festival of Animation Movies boasts a programming replete with the must-see movies of the genre. For example, The Breadwinner and Another Day of Life. Mexico's Animasivo Festival de Animación Contemporanea is "guest festival".

CHOCOLATE FOR YOUR SWEET TOOTH: SALON INTERNACIONAL DE CHOCOLATE DE MADRID

Listen, you people happily afflicted with Sweet Tooth, you’re in luck. Chocolate is getting its very own annual international fair in Madrid, the Salon Internacional del Chocolate de Madrid, starting this year. And what a sweet event – even aphrodisiac, since chocolate allegedly is! (14-16 September, Galería de Cristal, Palacio de Cibeles, Madrid)

GOURMET’S CHOICE: THE RESTAURANT INDO CHINE & ITS CINEMATIC INDO CHINE VIETNAMESE CUISINE

If you have ever dreamed of sitting in an Indo Chine  Vietnamese or Japanese garden, then the Restaurant Indo Chine shall transport you and your guests to Asia within a 45 minute plane ride from Madrid or a  2 hour train ride, to Barcelona. This is one of the most acclaimed eateries for authentic Indo Chine Vietnamese Cuisine.

THE FALL SYNDROME: It Can’t Be that Bad at the CentroCentro Movies!

So you’re one of those who have returned to Madrid after vacationing somewhere carefree and glorious and you think all that’s waiting for you in the capital is drudgery? Think again. There are any number of welcome-back amusements to ease the nasty landing. You can head for Cibeles de Cine, for instance, where blockbuster movies are shown under the magnificent dome of CentroCentro's Crystal Gallery, with mojitos to hand!

STATESIDE STORIES: SUMMER SIGHTINGS!

The heat rippled up from the vast fields of grain, high on the Eastern Oregon plateaus, nary a tree or bush in sight. It's the Wheat Farmer's Territory, tilled by huge combines and tractors, irrigated by specially arched pipe sprinklers which awed these city slickers for the work they entailed and the sheer enormity of their undertaking: being the breadbasket to the world!

THE WAR OF THE THESES

With enemy fire volleying him without let up, Prime Minister Sánchez went and applied Turnitin on his doctoral thesis. Turnitin yielded 13%! But this is a war where with astounding impunity and complete disregard for the truth, the combatants arm themselves with explosive lies and hurl them at each other

9/11 REMEMBERED WITH SEPT 16 DAR CEREMONY AT PARQUE JUAN CARLOS MADRID

Daughters of the American Revolution, España Chapter: "Patriot´s Day -- September 11th -- is the moment to get together for a remembrance ceremony 17 years after the 9/11 attacks. But as the Day falls on a Tuesday it is more practical for all those who could accompany us to meet on Sunday the 16th. As in previous years, we will meet at the Parque Juan Carlos I - at the site where the American Embassy planted 10 red oaks brought from the US on the 10th anniversary of the attack on the Twin Towers."

RICH & POOR IN SPAIN: MILLIONAIRES THRIVE IN THE LAND OF WAITERS

In a popular talk show on a Spanish TV channel, Spain was dubbed Land of Waiters in an attempt to draw attention to the plight of many university graduates – and the young in general – who can’t find jobs in suitable sectors. Not even in any which sector that pays “decent” and one doesn’t have to be a working poor. Grim, right? Oh but in this “Land of Waiters” the number of taxpayers whose declared assets are worth more than €30 million has tripled in the last ten years!

AS VACATIONERS HEAD FOR HOME AT THE BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER, SPAIN LOOKS ON ANOTHER BUMPER YEAR FOR ITS TOURISM INDUSTRY

Spain ranks second worldwide in international tourist arrivals (81.8 million), second in international tourism earnings ($60 billion), and tops the World Economic Forum's Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Index

EU FOLK, KNOW YOUR RIGHT TO PRIVACY & HOW TO PROTECT IT FROM FACEBOOK, AMAZON, ETC.

It doesn’t matter what format the data takes – online on a computer system or on paper in a structured file – whenever information directly or indirectly identifying you as an individual is stored or processed, your data protection rights have to be respected. EU data protection rules guarantee the protection of your personal data whenever they are collected. These rules apply to both companies and organisations in the EU and those based outside the EU who offer goods or services in the EU, such as Facebook or Amazon, whenever these companies request or re-use the personal data of individuals in the EU.

THE AMAZING MEDINA AZAHARA, A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The Versailles of the Middle Ages, a dazzling series of palaces full of treasures never seen before, the largest known city built from scratch in Western Europe, the most beautiful Islamic monument in Al-Andalus

TRADITION! HERE’S A TOMATO IN-YOUR-FACE!

The crush of the crowds and the crushing tomatoes make La Tomatina one of the wildest of Spanish festivals, but a lot safer than the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona. It is always held on the last Wednesday in August

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Ibiza: HIPPY PARADISE IN THE MEDITERRANEA,” 12 SEPTEMBER 1969

On a high stool in Wauna’s Bar, a crop-haired betrousered dowager listened enraptured as a bearded youth in an ankle length silk green gown serenaded her on the flute. Enrique snapped a photo and was rewinding his camera when a menacing crowd gathered. "Go home, Squares!" someone growled. "The Seventh Invasion of Ibiza. First the Phoenicians, the Greeks, the Carthaginians and the Romans, then the Catalans, the Moors and finally…these!"

IBIZA TODAY

The island has grown as a tourist town greatly since the 60’s, but still maintains its roots with its mystery and culture, as well as knowing how to have a good time

THE UK, A FUNNY PLACE TO WIN LATINO AWARDS! OR IS IT?

Jesus Carmona, "the fenómeno of the Flamenco World": He won Best International Artist and Best Production. This is the first time a candidate bagged two Latin UK Awards for the same category in the same edition

THE REAL MADRID

Any and everything about the fascinating capital city of Spain — and the Autonomous Community of Madrid — from its rich history through its vibrant present to what the future holds, recounted from every angle imaginable.
This category, however, goes beyond Madrid; it embraces stories of what occurred, are occurring, and will probably occur in the Spanish nation whose capital is Madrid.

  • AMERICAN CLUB IS HOLDING ITS ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY & WELCOME BACK HAPPY HOUR 11 SEPT 2018!

    ACM is back from the summer holidays. See what's lined up for everyone this September!!

  • HAPPY AS A PARTRIDGE, A LOVE LETTER TO IRREPRESSIVELY LOVELY MADRID!

    Shy, single, unemployed and rapidly approaching her thirtieth birthday, Evie Fuller heads to Madrid for sun-soaked adventures and a crash course in Spanish culture. She blossoms under the Spanish sun and discovers the hardest thing about moving abroad is deciding when to come home

  • JUST SO YOU KNOW: THE GRAN VIA METRO STATION IN MADRID IS CLOSED TILL 13 APRIL 2019

    By the time it reopens, the eight-month makeover of the centenary Gran Via subway station will have made it worthy of celebrating its 100th anniversary with – as the old song goes – rockets, bells and poetry! For one thing, it will be friendly to those whose mobility has been impaired. New lifts and escalators will have been installed and old ones modernized with the needs of the disabled very much in mind. Moreover, the station will have an easy access to the Cercanias at Sol station, that is, the commuter trains that service the Autonomous Region of Madrid.

  • ANKLI: HOME IS WHERE THE STAGE IS

    “A good musician is an honest one, one who’s not terrified of being vulnerable and completely exposed. Music is all about self-expression and self-expression is about being your true self”

  • YOU’RE IN MADRID & WANT TRUSTY AMERICAN MENU WITH A TWIST? CHECK IT OUT WITH RYAN DAY!

    One of the most rewarding experiences for a foreigner in Spain is to venture into intriguing Spanish restaurants and feast on authentic Spanish food. That being said, sometimes it is necessary to indulge in a meal to remind you of home, and maybe soothe some homesick yearnings. But, although there are some American style restaurants in Madrid, finding authentic and unique ones can be quite a task.

  • RONALDO CRISTIANO AND REAL MADRID: HIS NINE HAPPIEST YEARS

    The most famous footballer in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, says the nine years he played at Real Madrid were the happiest of his life. But he has just left, signing on with Juventus

  • VERANOS DE LA VILLA, MADRID’S CULTURAL CELEBRATION. ENJOY!

    Veranos is honoring the late Enrique Tierno Galván, Madrid’s first democratically elected mayor; he would have been 100 years old this year. Tierno Galván was mayor -- a most beloved one -- at the time of the Movida madrileña, the cultural movement during the Spanish transition to democracy after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. Tierno Galván hosted the first Veranos de la Villa

  • ON THE “DEATH” OF BOOKS: THE MADRID BOOK FAIR 2018

    As an avid lover of physical books, I went to the book fair with one question in mind: how is the Madrid Book Fair responding to the technological changes that are happening around us? Instead of finding a stall selling downloadable e-books, I found a different response. To those who say that books are dying, I say that they are changing. Books are no longer simply the words that fill their pages. They are objects of beauty that can be read and enjoyed, and then displayed proudly on a bookshelf or coffee table in one’s home. This is clear walking through the Madrid Book Fair.