Temples of the art are waiting for you now that the lockdown is a thing of the past! (Hope it doesn’t get restored ever.)
“We’re turning a tragedy into an opportunity. We’re bringing everyone in… It’s all about helping people grow and redistributing the wealth properly so we can solve the problems that currently exist.”
Those who have died in the pandemic “deserve to be remembered; they deserve our lasting remembrance.” An even bigger tribute to the fallen would, however, be “for us to live together in harmony.”
GUIDEPOST LOVES GOOD NEWS: MADRID’S LOVELY PARKS ARE OPEN AGAIN AS THE REGION MAKES IT TO PHASE ONE OF THE DESESCALADA »
After trying twice, Madrid has finally made it to Phase I of the three-phase easing (desescalada) of Spain’s rigorous COVID-19 lockdown. Three months of almost unrelenting confinement! Then, unbelievably, this Monday, 25 May 2020, Madrid folk are able to savor Spring in their favorite park, the Parque del Buen Retiro. At last! See the Retiro through the eyes of Catherine Petit, Guidepost’s writer from California, who couldn’t love Madrid more if she were a native Madrileña!
‘Should I Stay or Should I Go’ is the theme song of my life. It was the few days before lockdown began in Spain that Monday in mid March. I knew I would enjoy the time for solitude that the lockdown would provide. I would have plenty of time to read, write and meditate upon what I want to do with my life as a 23-year-old recent college grad. But my parents preferred me to come home. Dear Spain, muchas gracias for the short time we had together. We’ll see each other soon, once the gods permit.
We must look out for each other. None of us can do it alone. And yet when Europe needed to prove that it is not just a ‘fair weather Union’, too many initially refused to share their umbrella.
ON BECOMING A SPANISH NATIONAL, Part 2: Experiencing the CCSE and DELE, An Opportunity of a Lifetime in Spain »
Meet aspirants to Spanish citizenship. Read about how they feel, what they do to prepare for the challenges of acquiring the citizenship, what their dreams are!
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.
When the almond trees bloom, the Parque de Los Molinos will be calling to you. Which is about NOW! Don’t be deaf to the call. Letting the delicate lovely flowers in great profusion enfold you is a sensorial bliss. And it’s only a dozen Metro stations from Plaza de Callao in the heart of the Spanish capital!
“Music must have something that’s magical. It’s a way of letting out your feelings and your emotions without hurting people–and it comes out like a fountain, like a natural spring.” This magical quality of music provides the mysterious allure that is behind the success of La Gramola Discos.