Gooood old showbiz in the new normal, face mask, social distancing and all. Five shows GUIDEPOST has chosen to help you ease into the Fall, when you're in Madrid, with the feeling that this pandemic will not stay with us forever. And that we’re in fact one step ahead of it already even when the panorama looks bleak outside because of a looming Second Wave. Time to take entertainment seriously!
It’s hard enough to tickle the audience's funny bone with just a few words. But a mute stand-up? See what “Frido” can do!
Taberna Griega could be the quintessential Greek village in downtown Madrid, where GUIDEPOST's "Three Musketeers" celebrated Guidepost Publisher Dan Lowell's birthday which was actually in March but due to the pandemic lockdown we could only celebrate it this September. We had spent an afternoon in its lively taberna and lingered over the luscious Meze served with hot Pita bread and sipping high quality Cretian wines. And of course we feasted on the main courses. Ya mas!
The varied types of places and addresses act as a showcase in addition to being the guardians of the food delights of Madrid, both regional Spanish and foreign cuisines. They beckon to culinary adventurers. And off I went.
Celebrating an occasion or simply hanging out with friends? You can make the event – or even a non-event – special if you do it in and around a private pool. But you say you don’t own that watery luxury? No problem. You can rent. In so doing, you'll save yourslef the hassles on a beach or a municipal pool.
The pandemic confinement gave people time to ponder their way of life and, accordingly, their place of residence. Spain, next to the UK, is a top choice of those thinking of moving to a new country when the coast is clear. France comes third.
The European Health Insurance Card allows anyone who is insured or covered by a statutory social security scheme of the EU countries plus Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and the United Kingdom to receive medical treatment in another member state free or at a reduced cost, if that treatment becomes necessary during their visit or if they have a chronic pre-existing condition which requires care. The term of validity of the card depends on the issuing country.
In view of very disturbing flare-ups, Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced recently that the army will be on hand to help regions track and trace COVID-19 positives. Sanchez admits that the situation is "worrying" but stresses that Spain is nowhere near the height of the pandemic in mid-March.
Strike looms over school opening even as Spain grapples with the threat of pandemic resurgence.
At first the intentions of Charles Louis Napoleon (shortly to be crowned Noapoleon III) might have been less than honorable, but Eugenia, granddaughter of an American Consul, insisted that he think of her as a possible consort and not as another courtesan. Five weeks after the proclamation of the second French empire, Napoleon III proposed to Eugenia de Montijo in December of 1852, and she readily accepted becoming Empress Eugenie of France.
LOL and learn!
Masks reduce the risk of COVID transmission. And the good news is that they need no longer be terribly dull, thanks to the advent of masks made of cloth. If cloth masks have become so popular, it’s because they let creativity take wing. They allow for infinite combinations of colors, patterns and styles you’d actually love to wear them as smart fashion complement if not to make a stand! A blessing for people in countries like Spain where wearing face masks is mandatory in all public places, indoor and outdoor.
With Madrid sadly topping the list of Spain’s new positives these days (1535 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours before 19 August 2020), the city and the region could be trending back to Phase 1 of the de-escalation of the old State of Alarm! Parks will be closed, but at least only for the night, just three months after their much-awaited unrestricted reopening.
Summer verbenas give Madrid its delightful charm. But this year, they have all been cancelled. Thanks, Corona, you’ve wrought a miracle such as very few Madrileños have ever had to witness in their long history.
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