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LA SIESTA BRAVA: HOW NOT TO BEAT THE SPANIARDS IN THE ENDEAVOR

LA SIESTA BRAVA: HOW NOT TO BEAT THE SPANIARDS IN THE ENDEAVOR »

14 Oct, 2021
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No Spaniard feels guilty about taking a snooze. You’ll see many a parked car from which a lone sleeper dangles out his feet. They nod in the subways, in the parks, in lobbies and stairways. Not only are they guilt-free, they don’t even worry about getting mugged. Perhaps there’s a built-in respect on the part of a Spaniard mugger toward a restful would-be victim. The mugger would probably feel guilty!

SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS

SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS »

10 Sep, 2021
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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!”

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — II: Go to Jaca-Ordesa

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — II: Go to Jaca-Ordesa »

13 Aug, 2021
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Valley of Tena * Ordesa and Monte Perdido National Park * Jaca * Cariñena wine * Medieval monasteries * Wildlife * Mountain trails * Hotels * Paradors * Camping facilities

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — I: Go from Olite to Jaca

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — I: Go from Olite to Jaca »

13 Aug, 2021
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"There exists in certain travel circles the general belief that Spain is a country of only sun, beaches and bullfights. Nevertheless, there are mountain ranges, and among these are the Pyrenees in northern Spain which truly are a kingdom of mountains and valleys, rocks, water and woods with breathtaking scenery.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Goes to the Olympics with High Hopes but no Flag,” 18 July 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Goes to the Olympics with High Hopes but no Flag,” 18 July 1980 »

27 Jul, 2021
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Although Spain won medals at the Montreal Olympics, experts are hesitant to predict the Spaniards' possibilities for success at Moscow. The Summer Games at Moscow, boycotted by many nations, may not live up to what we have come to expect from the Olympics but still the political entanglements combined with the hope the games will give to traditional underdogs should make the competition interesting.

A Second Opinion: Moving Part III

A Second Opinion: Moving Part III »

15 Jul, 2021
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Pendleton, Oregon is where our new home is. It is famous for its Round-up Rodeo. We are so lucky. It’s been a miracle to find such a reasonable house in a nice neighborhood in a smaller town than Portland, which had gone downhill over the years. I won’t be a homeless waif like I thought I might be

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Renaissance Quartet — Middle Ages Music Re-Created”, 11 December 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “The Renaissance Quartet — Middle Ages Music Re-Created”, 11 December 1970 »

11 Jul, 2021
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Could you believe it? "The organ grinder and light operas called zarzuelas are considered quaint among Madrid’s young sophisticates." And that's supposed to be a sign that "Madrid is rapidly becoming as culturally cosmopolitan as other great European cities" and that the nation's capital is "certainly musically coming of age." That, at least, is what Guidepost had observed on 11 December 1970.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Monuments, San Francisco el Grande,” 11 September 1970

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Madrid’s Monuments, San Francisco el Grande,” 11 September 1970 »

13 Jun, 2021
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"On the spot where the Basilica of San Francisco el Grande stands today, St Francis of Assisi erected a small hut after he arrived in Madrid in 1217. This humble dwelling became a small monastery and refuge for the poor. In the fourteenth century, it was replaced by a larger one which was remodeled and enlarged in 1617. During the 17th century, it was one of Madrid’s most popular churches. It contained many fabulous tombs, including that of the wife of King Henry IV. Finally, in 1760, the older buildings were razed, in order to make way for a more magnificent structure. The one that stands today."

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Sevilla: A Must in Spring,” 13 April 1984 (Part 2)

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Sevilla: A Must in Spring,” 13 April 1984 (Part 2) »

6 May, 2021
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“Quien no ha visto Sevilla, no ha visto maravilla” (He who hasn’t seen Seville, hasn’t seen a wonder), and truer words were never spoken

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SEVILLA: A MUST IN SPRING”, 13 April 1984 (Part 1)

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SEVILLA: A MUST IN SPRING”, 13 April 1984 (Part 1) »

5 May, 2021
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Seville is the most Spanish of this country’s cities: passionate gypsy ladies and their bullfighting beaus, orange blossom scented nights, the grandeur of the old Moorish buildings, blood red vino and airy patios so thick with bougainvillea and roses that they make the Garden of Eden look like a vacant lot in Houston during high summer. And the best time to witness this beauty is during the Feria de Abril or the April Fair when for a week the city becomes magic.