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TOKYO OLYMPICS, A BEACON OF LIGHT OR A SUICIDE MISSION?

TOKYO OLYMPICS, A BEACON OF LIGHT OR A SUICIDE MISSION? »

20 Jul, 2021
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At the height of the pandemic, on 2 March 2020, the Tokyo Organizing Committee had confirmed that preparations for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics were "continuing as planned". The IOC did the same. But the widespread sentiment was that Tokyo 2020 should be postponed if not entirely canceled. Today, not even a no-spectator restriction would appease those who don't want the Olympics this summer. COVID-19 has made Tokyo 2020 historic even before it could begin.

THE LAVENDER IS SPANISH TOO!

THE LAVENDER IS SPANISH TOO! »

15 Jul, 2021
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If you go by fame alone, you’re bound to think there were only two varieties of lavender worth naming in Europe: the English lavender and the French. But giving them a run for their money is the Spanish variety. And the small town of Brihuega is the place to go -- and enjoy the spectacular display of Nature's very profitable work of art.

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

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: BRIDGES

MUSINGS, A TRILOGY: BRIDGES »

28 Jun, 2021
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Standing on the new bridge, on the Camino, I looked down. Below me was an old Roman bridge. A past life. The river alive with movement and memories. And to my surprise, my shadow was down there also. I was at the beginning of a new life, looking back to see where I had been, also looking forward to the future wondering what might be.

JESUS CARMONA, A TWO-PART STORY. Part 1: WHAT MAKES A DANCER THE WORLD’S BEST?

JESUS CARMONA, A TWO-PART STORY. Part 1: WHAT MAKES A DANCER THE WORLD’S BEST? »

27 Jun, 2021
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Extraordinary talent . Brilliant career . Powerful performance at the Festival . Eminent jury . UNESCO and Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation patronage . Lofty aims . Mythical setting (Bolshoi Theater) .

JESUS CARMONA, A TWO-PART STORY.  Part 2: Carmona Takes a Giant Leap

JESUS CARMONA, A TWO-PART STORY. Part 2: Carmona Takes a Giant Leap »

27 Jun, 2021
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Carmona's "Salto" is a leap into a new model for the creation of dance shows. One with strong overtones of social commitment. It is equally a leap that takes Spanish culture to new heights, giving it an unquestionably global dimension.

We’re in Summer Now!

We’re in Summer Now! »

21 Jun, 2021
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The longest day of the year marks the beginning of summer. To celebrate the solstice, people in Spain party from night to day during the magical Noche de San Juan.

NEWS ALERT: U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO SPAIN

NEWS ALERT: U.S. CITIZENS TRAVELING TO SPAIN »

16 Jun, 2021
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Effective June 7, 2021, vaccinated U.S. citizens can travel from the United States to Spain upon presentation of QR code generated through Spain Travel Health portal, and a medical certificate showing recovery from COVID.

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT  THE EU’S “GREEN PASSPORT”  — Better Known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE EU’S “GREEN PASSPORT” — Better Known as the EU Digital COVID Certificate »

15 Jun, 2021
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Everything you should know about the EU Digital COVID Certificate, sometimes known as the Green Passport! Get it straight now, for your own safety it's going to be in use across the European Union and a few non-EU countries starting 1 July 2021 and until the pandemic is finally trashed. Spain is one of the countries ahead of this plan.

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."