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SPAIN IS CENTER OF WORLD TOURISM THIS WEEK!

SPAIN IS CENTER OF WORLD TOURISM THIS WEEK! »

28 Nov, 2021
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From 1 to 3 December, Madrid will host the 24th General Assembly of the World Tourism Organization. Says WTO Secretary-General: "In difficult circumstances, Spain has stepped forward to host this important General Assembly. In UNWTO's host city, Madrid, the world's tourism will come together to plan for a future in which our sector fulfills its unique potential as a pillar of inclusive growth and opportunity for all."

BLACK FRIDAY, FAKE OR TREAT?

BLACK FRIDAY, FAKE OR TREAT? »

26 Nov, 2021
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This probably won’t come as a surprise to the great majority of consumers but prices do go up on Black Friday week. The Organización de Usuarios y Consumidores (OCU), Spain’s largest private non-profit consumer organization, warned that instead of getting great pre-Christmas deals, you could end up getting fooled. Of the 2,500 products that OCU monitored on Black Friday week, only 19% had their prices down. The prices of 27% of the other products rose. The prices of the rest were unchanged. Think about all this when you go shopping on Cyber Monday!

BLACK-TO-BLACK SALE: AN INVITE TO THE FREEDOM TO SPLURGE

BLACK-TO-BLACK SALE: AN INVITE TO THE FREEDOM TO SPLURGE »

26 Nov, 2021
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Black Friday is no longer a “day”. It has been extended to at least a few days. Many Spanish retailers are announcing that they’ll be on “Black” till the 28th which is the Sunday that closes the week of Black Friday. The longer Black Friday lasts, the better for the establishments that have suffered from the brutal lockdowns. Whether or not the shoppers’ billfolds could stand the extension is another matter altogether.

A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT MADRID’S CAFES OF OLD

A NOSTALGIC LOOK AT MADRID’S CAFES OF OLD »

17 Nov, 2021
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All that is most typical of Madrid is fast disappearing and only a few powerless die-hard madrileños seem to care. Among the fatalities are the old-time cafés, those congenial meeting-places where you could go, meet friends, talk art and politics and pleasantly idle away the hours sipping black coffee and cognac.

CHRISTMAS ALREADY OR JUST COLD AUTUMN? WHICHEVER, WARM TO IT!

CHRISTMAS ALREADY OR JUST COLD AUTUMN? WHICHEVER, WARM TO IT! »

9 Nov, 2021
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Free workshops to make the cold November bright -- and to conjure up Christmas which is just around the corner.

THE G-20 2021 SUMMIT MEETING IN ROME: WHAT YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW

THE G-20 2021 SUMMIT MEETING IN ROME: WHAT YOU WOULD WANT TO KNOW »

30 Oct, 2021
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Although the topics addressed by the G20 have significantly expanded over the years, the economic themes predominate. Rome is the sixteenth city in the history of the G20 to host the Summit of Heads of State and Government. The first Summit was held in Washington in November 2008, while the last – under the Saudi Presidency – was held in virtual mode in November 2020.

STATESIDE STORIES: U.S. Congress to vote on Biden’s 3.5 Trillion Dollar Budget amidst Inflation

STATESIDE STORIES: U.S. Congress to vote on Biden’s 3.5 Trillion Dollar Budget amidst Inflation »

25 Oct, 2021
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On a monthly basis, consumer prices advanced 0.4% above forecasts of 0.3% with the indexes for food and shelter constituting more than half of the monthly increases. US President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” 3.5 Trillion Dollar Budget plan will be voted on by the full Congress at the end of the month. Most critics of the spending package say that it will only worsen the inflation plaguing Americans now.

A VERITABLE WEDDING BOOM — CAN’T WAIT TO SAY “I DO”

A VERITABLE WEDDING BOOM — CAN’T WAIT TO SAY “I DO” »

17 Oct, 2021
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We don’t know about other countries but in Spain there's a veritable boom in the wedding industry right now. That's a stark contrast to, say, March-April 2020 when 17,000 weddings had been postponed or canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, This year, many couples refuse to wait any longer to say “I do”!

THEY’RE GOING BANANAS!

THEY’RE GOING BANANAS! »

28 Sep, 2021
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“Please don’t bury my bananas” is the collective prayer of the planters on La Palma where the Cumbre Vieja volcano is still spewing molten lava that devours houses, schools and banana fields as it plows its sinister way down to the Atlantic. It isn’t just that the lava buries everything that gets in its way. The ashes not only settle on the fruit but on whole plants and kill them off. Who can foretell what measly number of bananas would be harvested now, in view of the eruption? And to think that over 10,000 of the island’s 85,000 population depend on banana employment!

LA CASA DEL ABUELO: SOME OF THE BEST SHRIMP IN TOWN!

LA CASA DEL ABUELO: SOME OF THE BEST SHRIMP IN TOWN! »

26 Sep, 2021
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When “El Abuelo" had to reinvent itself, it decided to serve wine with a prawn tapa. We wondered if that wouldn't be too expensive. But Daniel Waldenburg explained: “My grandfather waited until the end of the day to go to the Legazpi market when he could buy the leftover prawns at a very good price. He did well by selling the grilled prawns and the sweet wine for 1.60 pesetas.” And that is how the news spread that the best prawns in Madrid were found on the Calle Victoria 6