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Sex Sells, or How to Increase your Blog Hits

August 21, 2009

Although this blog is really about nothing more than a gringa/guiri culture addict moving all by her little self to Madrid and experiencing the good along with the bad, people on the Internet are not looking for cultural musings or poetic commentaries on solitude. No, they’re looking for sex, of course. What’s my proof? Well, […]

The Foreigner Tax

May 1, 2009

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I’m back in Madrid and Sunny Sexy South will be back in action for at least the next six months, with a big apology for the nearly four month gap due to an extended stay in Berlin. Somehow I think Thursday’s post didn’t come out sweetly wistful as I’d intended, as […]

Christmas in Madrid

December 16, 2008

I adore group energy of nearly any sort — I feed on it, and choral music is one of my favorite forms.  I’ll expand this to a full post soon, but for now I just want everyone to know that there’s a series of Christmas concerts happening in Madrid.  The brochure, which is titled “Música […]

Madrid Moment

November 13, 2008

It used to happen to me every time I passed through Alexanderplatz (that was nearly daily when I lived in the Kreuzberg/Neükoln area as it was the main transfer point for many of my perambulations through Berlin).  I’d look up and see the Fernsehturm (TV tower) looming above, as often as not shrowded in fog, […]

Día de los Muertos

November 3, 2008

Madrid’s Museo de América under-impressed me; for being the capital city of the biggest colonizer of the New World, I certainly would have expected a better collection.  However, it being the Day of the Dead, they had advertised a celebration.  Their solitary altar didn’t hold a candle to my nostalgic memories of those lining International […]

¿Pórque Madrid?

October 18, 2008

Hace muchas semanas que Desaparecido me preguntó esto, y no le respondí, porque posiblemente no tenía respuesta, pero ahora me queda más clara después de esta última visita a Berlín. El sueño que tuve el fin de semana pasada en un hotel en Praga, lo estuve conversando con C. No es el haber despertado sin […]

La Noche en Blanco

September 22, 2008

For the past five years or so, starting in Paris in 2002, various European cities have mounted one-night arts/culture festivals on a grand scale.  Madrid seems to have joined in either 2006 or 2007.  I’m a bit late reporting this year’s celebration (Sept. 13th), which brought hordes of people to the street, the Spanish liking […]

One Night Stand Land

September 8, 2008

This T-shirt stall is every much in evidence on the uphill side of the Rastro (the famous flea market in Madrid that according to Lonely Planet has operated continuously for 400 years). It’s huge and covers blocks and blocks, starting from the traffic circle a couple of blocks from my apartment, so I’ve started to […]

El Quinto Coño de la Mierda

August 24, 2008

For my Spanish-speaking friends: here’s proof that I’m learning way more Castellaño than I probably needed or wanted to, and also that the Spanish reputation for vulgarity is rightfully deserved! And here’s a little commentary on the theme from Inciclopedia, from which I plagiarized this nifty pic of the culo del mundo. So where did […]

Future’s so Bright

July 28, 2008

I have just rented the most AMAZING place (well, for Madrid anyway)! Compared to most places I’ve seen here, this place is really a palace. And it’s right in the area I wanted, between the funky immigrant area (Lavapiés) and what I think is the old embassy area (from the name Embajadores). It’s two long […]