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With opening words from the elegant and almost unintellibly literate Francisco Umbral, El Pais columnist and self-ordained “public scandal,” the Festivals of San Isidro made May in Madrid a memorable and musically delightful experience. Calling on the Madrileños to join in the festivities planned by the Madrid City Hall, with blessings from the tender Tierno Galvan, mayor and host for the week-long fiestas, Francisco Umbral delighted the crowd with his assonant, consonant, alliterative and onomatopoeic prose lauding Madrid for its beauty and dignified decrepitude
A true jewel. An amazing taste of France!
Rambling around town in the beginnings of May, en route to my second shift of the day, I came across an old building in an older part of the city which startled me with its blaringly large white sign which read “Lowell’s Print-Inn”. Now I don’t know anything about the history of the building, but all I could think of was taking a picture of it for Guidepost’s longtime publisher, Dan Lowell, who for many years was in charge of the print version of Guidepost as he is now in charge of the online version. It was the most evocative, interesting and coincidental sight to see on my way to what is rather boring work at times, and I vowed then and there to come back and take pictures to prove the strange coincidence.
Georgia formed part of the defunct USSR. Like many of the post-Soviet nominal republics, it went through a period of sharp economic decline in the 1990s. Georgia wasn’t one to wallow in post-Soviet syndrome, though. It created an environment for liberal investment which proved irresistible to Western financial institutions. Today, Georgia has much to be proud of and wants the world to know about it. And Spain wholeheartedly supports Georgia's pro-West aspirations.
Winsome, energetic, candid, idealist, an “activist patriot” with both feet firmly planted on the ground: "My fondest dream, toward whose realization I want to dedicate my best efforts, is for my country to regain its territorial integrity and be counted among the world’s most modern democracies where the rights of all citizens are ensured and the standard of living is adequate for everyone"
On a sunny day in Madrid, I pick up a Lime electric scooter near the Tirso de Molina Metro stop in the vibrant La Latina neighborhood. The thrill of riding through the streets, jetting past pedestrians and cars alike, is exhilarating. In cities like Madrid where pollution is one of the worst in Europe (a 3% annual mortality rate), electric scooters should be welcomed whole-heartedly as a green solution.
The Indalo was discovered in the Cueva de los Letreros in 1868. The almerienses firmly believe that it brings good luck and protects against the “evil eye”. The Indalo aside, now ubiquitous in Ameria, the city offers so much to see, do and enjoy. Moreover, as it has been named the Gastronomic Capital of Spain, the list of activities is enhanced by the special culinary events scheduled for 2019.
It would be no surprise to anyone who has already visited Almería to learn that it has been chosen as the Gastronomic Capital of Spain 2019. This Mediterranean city is well-known for its highly varied and extraordinary cuisine
I couldn’t possibly let the golden week go untapped. And so I found myself in the lovely city of San Sebastian,, a good 500 km north of Madrid, on Dos de Mayo, imbibing txikitos of txakoli which pairs off perfectly with the divine pintxos. The experience is as close to the taste of earthly paradise as one could get.
EU High Representative Mogherini at the unveiling of the mural art during the celebration of the EU – Western Balkans Cultural Week: "“This mix of colours gives the sense of the diversity of the Balkans coming together and bringing light, a very powerful reminder for the citizens of all of Europe, and the institutions of the European Union, to complete the work of reunifying our continent"