The Cumbre Vieja volcano in La Palma, one of the most active volcanos in Spain's Canary Islands, has been erupting since 19 September 2021. By 20 September around two hundred houses have been destroyed by the lava. The alert remains at the highest level—red. The Bishop of Tenerife has celebrated a Mass at the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora de las Nieves in La Palma to pray for the end of the eruption.
What makes Penélope Cruz tick!
The Spanish movie PARALLEL MOTHERS, directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Penelope Cruz, elicited a nine-minute standing ovation at its screening on the opening night of the Venice Film Festival. Predictably, Cruz bagged the Coppa Volpi for Best Actress. That done, the Dream Team now sets its sights on the New York Film Festival and -- why not? -- the Academy Awards. It won't be the first time for the Team to win an Oscar either.
"The paint connects with the inner me and guides my hand to form this deep communication which enriches my life and serves as intense therapy. You can't possibly remain depressed as you create a piece of beauty. Life is art, and being involved with art brightens one's existence"
The Guidepost Galloping Gourmets were getting restless. Summer was waning and the travel possibilities were ever slimmer as Covid variants reared their ugly heads. "Delta, Smelta," I said, " enough worrying about variants. Let's go Island hopping." Just as the crew scrambled to find passports, I told them all they needed was their metro pass.
INSTANTES is about "gestos y palabras de una tarde de toros (gestures and words in an afternoon at the bullring)". Venue: Ruedo de la Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas, Madrid. 18 September 2021, 12:00 Noon. Accomplished photographer, foremost authority on tauromaquia and GUIDEPOST's longtime writer MURIEL FEINER illustrates the book with Anthony Moore
The documented existence of the caramelized almonds in Alcalá de Henares, 35 km northeast of the nation's capital, dates back to the 18th century although it is probably Arab in origin and as such these garrapiñadas (the Spanish name for candied almonds) would date much further back. You can buy the garrapiñadas at the stores but there’s nothing like buying them from the Convent of the Poor Clares of San Diego in Alcalá, probably the nearest thing to the candied almonds’ birthplace. The garrapiñadas are exquisite. And so is the experience of buying them at the Convent.
ACM Newsletter for the month of September 2021: Excerpts
Spaniards are most fond of saying that they harbor no racial prejudice whatsoever. That is true in one sense. In another sense what the Spaniards say is not the whole truth in at least two significant cases. The first involves the Basques; the second the gypsies. No “Spaniard” will ever raise a racial issue in discussing the Basques. An yet almost every Basque -- some 2 million of them -- will agree with the publicly repeated proposition of the far-left pro-Basque independence coalition in Spain, Herri Batasuna: “No somos españoles!”
A Fair whose poster tells what it is: "a call to a past replete with tradition, a present full of action, and a future of hope." A reencuentro mágico with BOOKS, that's what the Feria del Libro in the nation's capital is about!