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FIVE SHOWS TO WELCOME AUTUMN IN THE NEW NORMAL

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!

CAN YOU IMAGINE A WORDLESS STAND-UP? “FRIDO” IS!

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!

QUINTESSENTIAL GREEK VILLAGE IN DOWNTOWN MADRID

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!

REDEFINING EATING OUT IN THE SPANISH CAPITAL

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.

GO PARTY AROUND A FABULOUS POOL (EVEN IF YOU DON’T OWN ONE)!

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.

SEVEN BEST COUNTRIES TO SETTLE IN AFTER THE PANDEMIC

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.

HOW TO GET HEALTHY ANYWHERE IN THE EU: GET A CARD!

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.

SOLDIERS JOIN THE DESPERATE WAR AGAINST A VIRUS

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.

AN EVENTFUL SCHOOL OPENING THIS SEPTEMBER IN SPAIN

Strike looms over school opening even as Spain grapples with the threat of pandemic resurgence.

A STUNNING SPANISH BEAUTY WOWS FRENCH EMPEROR & MARRIES HER

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.

CRASH COURSE: HOW TO LEARN SPANISH IN 7 SLAPSTICKS!

LOL and learn!

TRENDY CLOTH MASKS, THE ULTIMATE PRE-SHOT SALVATION?

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. 

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “CURRENT EVENTS…NEWS…BUSINESS/Civil Guards Still Adjusting to Democracy,” 31 May 1985

A news item about the Civil Guards (Guardia Civil) and how it is adjusting to parliamentary democracy in Spain ten years after the death of dictator Francisco Franco. During the dictatorship, the Guardia Civil was a reactionary element associated with internal surveillance and political repression. Once dedicated to repressing opposition to the Franco regime, the adjustment of the police, but, it seems, especially the Civil Guards to democratic rule was not always easy.

SPAIN: THE KING WHO LEFT THE PALACE AND WALKED OUT ON THE QUEEN

THE royal letter, from king to king: "A year ago, I spoke to you of my wish and desire to withdraw from institutional functions. Now, guided by the conviction to provide the best service to the Spaniards, their institutions, and to you as King, I am informing you of my well-considered decision to leave Spain at this point." But what about the wife?

GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: The EU Approves its Own Marshall Plan* Following the Devastating Corona Pandemic!

European Commission President Charles Michel: "This is a good deal. This is a strong deal. And most importantly, this is the right deal for Europe. We negotiated about money. But, of course, it is about a lot more than money. It is about workers and families, their jobs, their health and their well-being. I believe this agreement will be seen as a pivotal moment in Europe's journey, but it will also launch us into the future. That is the magic of the European project"

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.