YOUR CALENDAR OF PROCESSIONS DURING SEMANA SANTA 2024 IN MADRID

YOUR CALENDAR OF PROCESSIONS DURING SEMANA SANTA 2024 IN MADRID »

17 Mar, 2024
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Religious processions, quaint and colorful almost by definition, are less grandiose in Madrid than, say, in Andalusia. If only for this reason, perhaps they're all the better for it. See for yourself and add a new meaning to your Easter! Don't just take pictures. Join!

THE NEW CHINESE IN THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME DRAGON

THE NEW CHINESE IN THE YEAR OF THE AWESOME DRAGON »

2 Mar, 2024
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The Dragon symbolizes nobility, honor, and success so 2024, being the Year of the Dragon, augurs extraordinarily well. It will bring on opportunities, changes, and challenges. But the Chinese, while trusting in their zodiac, didn't have to wait for the Year for a change-over into a smiling, cordial part of the Spanish scene, At least that's how it looked at the Year of the Dragon celebrations. It's been in the making, gradually, for some time.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Seekers of the Sun,” 27 October 1972

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Seekers of the Sun,” 27 October 1972 »

17 Feb, 2024
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"Massive foreign invasion is occurring on the sunny shores of the incredibly blue Mediterranean. Tourists barrel in by jet planes and on package tours lured by the sun, the affordable prices, and the grace and fire of  the people and their rich culture."

SPAIN IS NUMBER 1 TOURIST DESTINATION!

SPAIN IS NUMBER 1 TOURIST DESTINATION! »

7 Feb, 2024
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In 2023, Spain was visited by 85.1 million international tourists. This record smasher makes the legendary land of the Man of La Mancha the world’s top tourist destination. Moreover, Spain hold the highest score in Statista's Travel and Tourism Development Index. France, the perennial Number One, is expected to slide down to second place, attracting an estimated 79 million to 85 million foreign visitors. Sangria anyone?

EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION

EU SERIES: WOMEN IN THE EU LIVE LONGER BUT WON’T BEAR MORE CHILDREN TO RESCUE THE POPULATION »

12 Jan, 2024
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Eurostat numbers on hand, it is but logical to conclude that while the ability of women in the EU to choose the age at which they would be mothers is GOOD news, it is at once a mixed blessing. Apparently, women have chosen not only to put motherhood on hold but also to have an insufficient number of children when they finally decide to have them. (Spanish women top the list of those who postpone motherhood AND have the least number of children to boot.) In so doing, Europe is unable to keep its population constant unless boosted by immigrants.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Through an American’s Eyes,” 14 July1972

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Through an American’s Eyes,” 14 July1972 »

2 Jan, 2024
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"Robert Barnete is probably the best-known foreign painter of Spain today.   More than a painter, he is an interpreter of the color and vitality of Spanish lore.   His principal themes flamenco and bulls come alive on canvas. Recently, in the offices of the Ministry of Information and Tourism, in a ceremony presided by the Minister himself, the American painter was honored.  His public acclaim results from his graceful, action-filled expressions of Spanish life.

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Bringing Back Them Old Family Christmases,” 22 December 1972 (PART 1)

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Bringing Back Them Old Family Christmases,” 22 December 1972 (PART 1) »

19 Dec, 2023
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"I am one of those travelers who tend to identify places with what was eaten there! Perhaps by trying to develop a little more of the atmosphere of those old-fashioned Christmases at home that we want to re-live, we would do more to recapture them than depending on the elements of a menu to do so. What most of us want is the sense of a family together, sharing in the meaning and merriment both of the holiday season."

DAREDEVIL PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: HOW TO FISH IN THE TROUBLED WATERS OF THE PARLIAMENT (Part 2)

DAREDEVIL PEDRO SÁNCHEZ: HOW TO FISH IN THE TROUBLED WATERS OF THE PARLIAMENT (Part 2) »

26 Nov, 2023
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The priorities of Pedro Sanchez's government if he was elected president of the Spanish Government as expounded at the plenary of the Congress of Deputies. Note that the Mother of All the Controversies in Sanchez´s program is the amnesty for the leaders of the Catalan procés that aimed to separate Catalonia from Spain.

DIM SUM!

DIM SUM! »

18 Nov, 2023
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At this late date, one would think that there isn’t much left to say about the dumpy 2500-year-old dim sum. But how about if we tell you that the ubiquitous bite-size Chinese appetizers are worth Michelin stars? That’d probably be news to quite a few.

HALLOWEEN THE SPANISH WAY: MACABRE SNACK TO CONNECT WITH THE DEAD

HALLOWEEN THE SPANISH WAY: MACABRE SNACK TO CONNECT WITH THE DEAD »

30 Oct, 2023
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Huesos de santo or saint’s bones should top the list of the macabre delicacies.for All Saints Day in Spain. Feasting on the bones of the saint smacks of cannibalism, doesn’t it? But at their most classic they’re really just good old sweets, white marzipan tubes simulating bones stuffed with yema for the bone marrow inside. Some enterprising bakeshops display the “bones” appropriately in “reliquaries”. HAPPY HALLOWEEN, EVERYONE!