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Papal Payola / Enchufe Eclesiástico

21 Aug

What a week it’s been in Madrid: hotter than Hades and full of pilgrims.

Pilgrims you say? Why yes, pilgrims. Continue reading


The Costa de la Luz- the Beaches in Mazagón

15 Aug

I’m writing this in the Ave, Spain’s high-speed rail system, as it takes us from what has to be one of the most splendid, unspoiled areas of this wonderful country- La Costa de la Luz. Continue reading

Community-Controlled Spaces in Madrid

7 Aug

Madrid has changed a lot since I moved here almost five years ago. One of the things I really missed upon arrival were the public art spaces where people could go and perform or show their work. Spain (and Madrid) has world-class art museums but they are all ‘part of the system’ and state-sponsored. There was no where for up-and-coming artists to go and certainly no large ad-hoc cultural events. The closest thing were small shows in bars.  Continue reading

‘Indignant’ over Sol – Indignante sobre Sol

7 Aug

What a crazy last few months it’s been with the protesters in Spain. For those of you who have not been following it, a movement called ‘Los Indignados’ (I don’t have to translate this one, do I?) has been taking place in the larger Spanish cities. The movement is made up of mostly 20-somethings who simply want a job and a better political system.  Continue reading