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A STATESIDE STORY: TRAVEL WARNINGS QUASHING ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS

A STATESIDE STORY: TRAVEL WARNINGS QUASHING ST. PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATIONS »

8 Mar, 2020
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St. Patrick Day celebrations have not yet been canceled completely, but the average person is hesitating to join in the fun. I think that Aer Lingus should test passengers for the virus BEFORE they get on the plane, just to be on the safe side and save Ireland’s health. But since ‘tis the season, I plan on celebrating my Irish roots with a nice dark Guinness beer.

NEW YORK CITY CENTER PRESENTS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 20/20!

NEW YORK CITY CENTER PRESENTS FLAMENCO FESTIVAL 20/20! »

8 Mar, 2020
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Flamenco Festival is dedicated to the promotion of flamenco artists outside of Spain, its annual international events showcasing the leading names in flamenco today, from world renowned artists and icons of traditional flamenco to the most innovative, emerging young stars. Flamenco Festival USA is a showcase for Spanish artists in New York, Washington DC, Miami, Boston, and other cities across the US. The New York City Center Flamenco Festival 20/20 celebrates the 20th season of this citywide event from March 27 to April 5.

FoodTrex NAVARRA 2020: SETTING RECORDS & SAVING THE FABULOUS FUNGUS

FoodTrex NAVARRA 2020: SETTING RECORDS & SAVING THE FABULOUS FUNGUS »

5 Mar, 2020
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FoodTrex 2020, a major food festival held in collaboration with the World Food Travel Association, broke its attendance record for the second year in a row, drawing 11% more people than it did in 2019. The fair has noted that travelers are no longer content with eating just any food. They demand an authentic eno-gastronomic experience. Moreover, Gastro-Tourism is an ally to the kind of sustainability that protects local culture which, in turn, nurtures gastronomical elements that could be wiped out of existence.  If we continue to promote sustainability, then “poco a poco” (bit by bit), we can save the precious fungi!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ARAB RENAISSANCE,  Fact or Fiction?”, 12 JANUARY 1990

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ARAB RENAISSANCE, Fact or Fiction?”, 12 JANUARY 1990 »

22 Feb, 2020
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During the Dark Ages in Western Europe, the Arabs and the Moslems were at the peak of their bright civilization. The cities of Baghdad, Damascus, Cairo, in the eastern Arab world, and the Arab cities of Seville, Cordoba, and Granada in Spain were great centers of culture and civilization. During the last fifty years of modern history, every fifteen years of Arab life is roughly equivalent, in terms of progress, to one century of Western development, thanks to the reverse process of Western civilization’s contributions to the Arabs of Today. The beginning of Arab Renaissance is at hand.

THE  VIRUS THAT GOBBLED UP THE SHOW

THE VIRUS THAT GOBBLED UP THE SHOW »

13 Feb, 2020
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Barcelona was all set to host the Mobile World Congress, the world’s largest mobile show. And then – wham! – the killer coronavirus broke out from the confines of Wuhan, China and the major exhibitors pulled out over fears of contagion. After this, there was nothing left for the organizers to do but to ring down the curtain even before the sensational tech show began.

A Second Opinion: Spain and the Guitar–Essentially Inseparable!

A Second Opinion: Spain and the Guitar–Essentially Inseparable! »

31 Jan, 2020
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Round about 40 years ago I arrived in Spain as a young thing, enamored of the guitar and Flamenco music. I had been fiddling around with the guitar since my teen years, and never quite got the hang of it, but carrying around a guitar got me into some circles of people who were more expert than I. I love the guitar too much to murder it with my unprofessional playing. Well, after all my experiences with the guitar in Spain, where the heart and soul of this iconic musical instrument will always be, I gave away my original guitar.

A RIDE ON THE AVE (AVLO, ACTUALLY) FOR €5? YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE IT!

A RIDE ON THE AVE (AVLO, ACTUALLY) FOR €5? YOU’D BETTER BELIEVE IT! »

31 Jan, 2020
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It used to be that much as one wanted to travel on the high speed AVE (Spanish High Speed train), with speeds of up to 310 Km/193 mi., one just had to forego the luxury because the prices were – and still are – prohibitive for some pockets. But now, out of the blue, you could go to Madrid from Barcelona, and vice versa, for a stupefying €5! Or €10 if you missed the promo.

SURPRISE SURPRISE! THE EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION IS HAPPY ABOUT PAY HIKE!

SURPRISE SURPRISE! THE EMPLOYERS’ CONFEDERATION IS HAPPY ABOUT PAY HIKE! »

29 Jan, 2020
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Antonio Garamendi, President of the powerful profit-driven Spanish Confederation of Business Organizations, didn’t seem to be even remotely put out by the 5.5% rise in the national minimum wage that the left-leaning Spanish Government has approved on 22 January 2020. But the Government wants another pay hike in 2021 and it looks like beyond a certain red line the business organizations will no longer play along. The era of a progressive government in Spain has started, after years of conservative rule that consigned 13% of the labor force to working poverty. How long will the new era last?

TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS

TAAL: THE CUTE LITTLE VOLCANO SHOWS ITS PHREATIC FANGS »

17 Jan, 2020
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Taal Volcano, one of the world’s smallest active volcanoes, is also one of the deadliest. On 12 January, a sudden explosion of the volcano quickly escalated into Alert Level 4. Volcanic activities intensified as continuous eruption generated a tall 10 to 15 kilometers (6.2 to 9.3 mi) of steam-laden column, with frequent volcanic lightning that rained wet ashfall on as far north as the Metro Manila, even affecting Clark International Airport farther up north.

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME

THE GIRALDA WAVED TO ME »

16 Dec, 2019
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As the sun set, the lights that illuminate the Cathedral and the Giralda came on. The site took my breath away. It is hard to describe something so immense, so beautiful, so old, and so lovely in the setting sun. As I was watching the streetlights, I noticed the Giralda wave to me. Seville never ceases to amaze me.