LA SIESTA BRAVA: HOW NOT TO BEAT THE SPANIARDS IN THE ENDEAVOR

LA SIESTA BRAVA: HOW NOT TO BEAT THE SPANIARDS IN THE ENDEAVOR »

14 Oct, 2021
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No Spaniard feels guilty about taking a snooze. You’ll see many a parked car from which a lone sleeper dangles out his feet. They nod in the subways, in the parks, in lobbies and stairways. Not only are they guilt-free, they don’t even worry about getting mugged. Perhaps there’s a built-in respect on the part of a Spaniard mugger toward a restful would-be victim. The mugger would probably feel guilty!

DAVIDE FRACASSO, A FABULOUS BAR, AND THE BEST COCKTAIL

DAVIDE FRACASSO, A FABULOUS BAR, AND THE BEST COCKTAIL »

9 Oct, 2021
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The SantaMaria drinks are created with the unique personality of each of its clients in mind. One look at you, one simple question, and a couple of minutes later they are back with what may yet be your newest favorite cocktail! Davide Fracasso's creation, "Character", not only charms but also won him the Bacardi Legacy Competition, one of the world's most prestigious cocktail competitions.

SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS

SPANISH RACISM FOCUSES ON THE GYPSIES & THE VASCOS »

10 Sep, 2021
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Spaniards are most fond of saying that they harbor no racial prejudice whatsoever. That is true in one sense. In another sense what the Spaniards say is not the whole truth in at least two significant cases. The first involves the Basques; the second the gypsies. No “Spaniard” will ever raise a racial issue in discussing the Basques. An yet almost every Basque -- some 2 million of them -- will agree with the publicly repeated proposition of the far-left pro-Basque independence coalition in Spain, Herri Batasuna: “No somos españoles!”

AFGHANISTAN SERIES: SPAIN, THE EU HUB FOR AFGHAN EVACUEES

AFGHANISTAN SERIES: SPAIN, THE EU HUB FOR AFGHAN EVACUEES »

24 Aug, 2021
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"We need to help the Afghans, it is our moral responsibility. And Spain, for taking the initiative of welcoming Afghan refugees to the European Union, is an example of the European soul at its best."

HERD IMMUNITY WHAT?

HERD IMMUNITY WHAT? »

21 Aug, 2021
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Spain is staying on the fast track toward fully inoculating 70% of its population. In the "old" days of the pre-Delta variant, this meant herd immunity. But now experts think herd immunity will be raised to over 80% and doom-mongers are saying herd immunity is a pipe dream. Spain is wary of setting a date for achieving the new herd immunity. But there's no stopping the country from making that "pipe dream" come true And not in the distant future!

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — IV:  NOW ANDORRA!

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — IV: NOW ANDORRA! »

15 Aug, 2021
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"Time was running short and Andorra was still on our schedule. Travelers in Spain often dash to the seacoast without stopping inside the peninsula to explore and even less to go to the Pyrenees during the summer. Perhaps the Pyrenees are not the ideal place to collect postcards of exotic villages or to be able to show off photos to like-minded friends. But for us it was an ideal vacation, and we remember the people, landscape and food with gusto."

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — I: Go from Olite to Jaca

HIT THE ROAD TO THE PYRENEES — I: Go from Olite to Jaca »

13 Aug, 2021
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"There exists in certain travel circles the general belief that Spain is a country of only sun, beaches and bullfights. Nevertheless, there are mountain ranges, and among these are the Pyrenees in northern Spain which truly are a kingdom of mountains and valleys, rocks, water and woods with breathtaking scenery.

FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN OPPRESSIVE SPANISH SUMMER HEAT, IT’S ALL GREEK TO YOU?

FREEZING TEMPERATURES IN OPPRESSIVE SPANISH SUMMER HEAT, IT’S ALL GREEK TO YOU? »

4 Aug, 2021
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Freezing summer in Spain. Sounds Greek, doesn't it? It's not really Greek. It's Greeks. Griegos, a diminutive municipality in the Sierra of Albarracin, Spain's coldest town where the temperatures could -- and do -- drop to freezing point at times in midsummer. There's a refuge for you, when heatwaves elsewhere threaten to devour you, to literally chill out!

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Goes to the Olympics with High Hopes but no Flag,” 18 July 1980

A GUIDEPOST REPRINT: “Spain Goes to the Olympics with High Hopes but no Flag,” 18 July 1980 »

27 Jul, 2021
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Although Spain won medals at the Montreal Olympics, experts are hesitant to predict the Spaniards' possibilities for success at Moscow. The Summer Games at Moscow, boycotted by many nations, may not live up to what we have come to expect from the Olympics but still the political entanglements combined with the hope the games will give to traditional underdogs should make the competition interesting.

THE LAVENDER IS SPANISH TOO!

THE LAVENDER IS SPANISH TOO! »

15 Jul, 2021
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If you go by fame alone, you’re bound to think there were only two varieties of lavender worth naming in Europe: the English lavender and the French. But giving them a run for their money is the Spanish variety. And the small town of Brihuega is the place to go -- and enjoy the spectacular display of Nature's very profitable work of art.