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You’ll want to visit the places you’ll be reading about in Spain Destinations. They’re every bit as charming and irresistible as the writers say! Besides, you won’t have any problems getting there; they’ll tell you how.

LIFE IN TRANSITION: From Showbiz to Churro Cards on Calle Arenal

LIFE IN TRANSITION: From Showbiz to Churro Cards on Calle Arenal »

15 Mar, 2020
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Standing in the street from eight to eight handing out discount cards for churros, after a fairly successful career as a musician in Honduras which involved touring the Americas, may not be a job to be smiling about. But to Robert, there are others who aren’t as lucky, who can’t find work in Madrid. He wakes up each morning to pray and express thanks before smiling into the mirror as he prepares to stand in the intersection of Calles Arenal and San Martin and do his amazing job.

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!

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.

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE

THE BATTLE OF THE CHRISTMAS TREE »

10 Dec, 2019
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Now that it’s Christmastime, there are “better” things to squabble about. Martinez Almeida warned that “the Christmas lights in Madrid will shine so bright you’ll be able to see them in Vigo.” Caballero shot back: “Don’t even dream of competing with me. New York tried and lost.”

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HUNTING IN SPAIN”, 31 OCTOBER 1969

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “HUNTING IN SPAIN”, 31 OCTOBER 1969 »

2 Dec, 2019
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As the leaves change color and fall to the ground, a great many men in Spain, as in almost every country in the world, get their guns out of the closets and head for the fields and forests. The hunting season has arrived. It is recommended that foreigners hunting in Spain either make as complete arrangements as possible before going to any of the hunting areas, or arrange a hunting party with some Spanish friend who knows what would be necessary. One other thing, the normal and natural courtesies existing in the rest of the world apply equally in Spain. Observe the legal requirements and the general customs, and you will really have a HAPPY HUNTING!