On 17 October 1919 King Alfonso XIII of Spain inaugurated the capital’s first ever subway line. It went from under the Puerta del Sol in the center of the city up 3.48 kilometers north to Cuatro Caminos. A century later, the fledgling underground transport system of a measly eight stations boasts 12 lines and 302 stations, spanning 294 kilometers. It is the third longest subway in Europe, and the world’s eighth. It is a vanguard of accessibility with its 1705 escalators and 530 lifts. It has always run on electrciity, even long before saving our Planet via the clean-air route has become an urgent task!
Based on the hit 1990 romantic fantasy thriller film of the same name, Ghost the Musical world-premiered at the Manchester Opera House in Manchester, England in March 2011. It opened in the West End on 19 July, closed in October 2012. A Broadway transfer opened in April 2012. Eighteen countries on three Continents later, it will fially make it to Spain, to premiere in Bilbao during the Aste Nagusia this August. Then on to Madrid in October. Better late than never!
After the hurdles my friend and I overcame, I don’t think I was really able to enjoy Paris. I couldn’t properly communicate with the people or understand many of the words aroun me. I’ve realized that although traveling to a country without knowing the language may seem exciting, it can be extremely frustrating.
Hundreds of thousands (others reckon millions) took to the streets in protest marches across Spain for women's equal place under the sun! Within the protest framework was an irresistibly festive ambience that only the Spaniards could carry off
Bilbao has been voted European City of the Year by the Academy of Urbanism. It has undergone remarkable rejuvenation through bold leadership. You might want to be there at Christmastime!
"The sheer size of the canvases mocks the banality of the theme"
By Rose Maramba
Photos: Inauguration of the the Antonio López Exhibition, Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid