With Madrid sadly topping the list of Spain’s new positives these days (1535 COVID-19 cases in the 24 hours before 19 August 2020), the city and the region could be trending back to Phase 1 of the de-escalation of the old State of Alarm! Parks will be closed, but at least only for the night, just three months after their much-awaited unrestricted reopening.
President Donald Trump of the USA has a penchant for using Twitter to respond to news events like the Democratic National Convention in which Joe Biden accepted the nomination for Democratic Candidate for President. Now the next step on the agenda for Donald Trump is the Republican National Convention which will be held next week. According to some polls, Trump is getting 51% of the potential voters on his side. In any case, it is going to be a close race in November.
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.
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.
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.
Summer verbenas give Madrid its delightful charm. But this year, they have all been cancelled. Thanks, Corona, you’ve wrought a miracle such as very few Madrileños have ever had to witness in their long history.
Senator Kamala Harris of California is Joe Biden’s choice for Vice-President for the Democratic Party, The stakes are high and the virtual swords are flashing in a race for the U.S. Presidency that is sure to be historic.
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.
Here are some of the places you could still go to and have a taste of the new normal in the nation’s capital with the lingering good old Madrid spirit to underpin it. Surely, the lousy corona can’t put that great spirit down! (Maybe there’s a little sadness, but it won’t be there forever.)
The time has come to give that perennial stepchild of every meal, the Green Salas, a long hard look and some serious re-thinking. Salad should serve as a stimulant to appetite and a refresher in the Meal; when it becomes a mere decorative accessory in a class with parsley garnish, it is time to reconsider its positive contribution to the pleasures of the table. There is nothing intrinsically wrong with plain local lettuce tossed around with ordinary oil and vinegar and finished off with a sprinkle of salt and a grind of pepper. A plain lettuce salad is not merely not bad – it is definitely very good.