A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN–WHERE THE ACTION IS,” 19 May 1989

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “SPAIN–WHERE THE ACTION IS,” 19 May 1989 »

1 Sep, 2022
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In this new and wonderful decade (of the 1980s) in which we are living, where is Spain going? My country has undertaken throughout the past ten years a great effort to adjust itself to modernity. In twelve years, since the first free elections in 1977, Spain has undergone two gigantic transitions: the political and the economic.. we have established a democratic and constitutional political regime and carried out an economic minirevolution.

THE FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS: TRAVEL WITHOUT CARE! 

THE FREE EUROPEAN HEALTH INSURANCE CARDS: TRAVEL WITHOUT CARE!  »

26 Aug, 2022
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Summer is coming to an end. But travel and tourism remain uppermost in the minds of Europeans whose wanderlust seems insatiable after the lockdowns of the pandemic. A card in time saves nine hassles during vacations beyond national borders. Therefore, Spaniards and their European brethren had better be aware that there’s such a thing as the European Health Insurance Card which entitles travelers to public health assistance in the country they’re visiting. Get full info if you don't have it already!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ORIGINAL TOURIST IN SPAIN”, 5 May 1967, Second Installment

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “THE ORIGINAL TOURIST IN SPAIN”, 5 May 1967, Second Installment »

29 May, 2022
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Rich with racy flavour, "Gatherings from Spain" is the earliest comprehensive account of Spanish travels that exists in English, written by Richard Ford, the master of vivid description of the country, Spain, that he loves so deeply, and the singular people who are "scarcely European living on a neutral ground between the hat and the turban". With characteristic zestful perspicacity, Ford would underscore above others the "Orientalness" of the Spaniards.

THEY’RE GOING BANANAS!

THEY’RE GOING BANANAS! »

28 Sep, 2021
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“Please don’t bury my bananas” is the collective prayer of the planters on La Palma where the Cumbre Vieja volcano is still spewing molten lava that devours houses, schools and banana fields as it plows its sinister way down to the Atlantic. It isn’t just that the lava buries everything that gets in its way. The ashes not only settle on the fruit but on whole plants and kill them off. Who can foretell what measly number of bananas would be harvested now, in view of the eruption? And to think that over 10,000 of the island’s 85,000 population depend on banana employment!

THE COAST IS CLEAR

THE COAST IS CLEAR »

7 Jun, 2021
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The pandemic in Europe is easing off satisfactorily, allowing Spain to finally open up its ports to international cruise ships. Get to know the fabulous ports that await you!

YA ES PRIMAVERA IN SPAIN. SMILE & DON’T FORGET TO ADVANCE THE CLOCK!

YA ES PRIMAVERA IN SPAIN. SMILE & DON’T FORGET TO ADVANCE THE CLOCK! »

30 Mar, 2021
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Spring DST  starts Sunday,  28 March 2021 at 2:00 AM, jumping the time to 3:00 AM. The European Parliament voted to abolish the unpopular DST by 2021 the EU is leaving it to its member-states, individually, to decide whether to stick to, or drop, DST. So far nobody has come forward with a rejection plan. The blame for the "procrastination" is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody's plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks! The blame for the "procrastination" is on the pandemic aggravated by Brexit. There simply is too much on everybody's plate to be adding one more heap, worrying about what to do with the bi-annual changing of the clocks!

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF SCARCE COVID VACCINE: GO FRENCH?

WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF SCARCE COVID VACCINE: GO FRENCH? »

3 Feb, 2021
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Politicians are wont to resort to confinement to fight COVID-19. But how about the vaccines whose supply is stalled. Due to suspicious reasons? People can’t take more confinement. The French come to Madrid, which has become an “oasis” of “permissiveness”, for a weekend relief. It's no way to beat the pandemic.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: Franco’s Cows, Taxis, Flunkeys and Evangelists

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: Franco’s Cows, Taxis, Flunkeys and Evangelists »

29 Jan, 2021
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It isn't that very long ago (till 1975) when Spain, a country smack-bang in the middle of Europe, was under an "evangelical" dictatorship. GUIDEPOST was there to cover events in full view of the eagle eye of the ferocious press censorship. We had quite a few brushes with that censorship. But it seems we were savvy enough to navigate the treacherous waters without capsizing because we're still here, nearly half a century later, now under a refreshing democracy!

TWO PART SERIES: (1) SPAIN AND THE COVID-19 VACCINES!

TWO PART SERIES: (1) SPAIN AND THE COVID-19 VACCINES! »

29 Nov, 2020
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The main objective of the COVID-19 vaccination strategy in Spain is to reduce the morbidity and mortality caused by this disease through vaccination against COVID19, in a context of progressive availability. The vaccines will be administered free of charge through the National Health System.

EUROPE’S “HEARTFELT APOLOGY” TO ITALY

EUROPE’S “HEARTFELT APOLOGY” TO ITALY »

19 Apr, 2020
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Too many were not there on time when Italy needed a helping hand. For that, it is right that Europe as a whole offers a heartfelt apology. But now the real Europe is standing up, the one that is there for each other when it is needed the most. Now Europe is where paramedics from Poland and doctors from Romania save lives in Italy. Where ventilators from Germany provide a lifeline in Spain. Where hospitals in Czechia treat the sick from France. And where patients from Bergamo are flown to clinics in Bonn. . .