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Archive for the ‘Spanish Culture’ Category

Jamón Ibérico

September 3, 2012

A few weeks ago I boarded a flight to carry me away from Madrid to spend the entire summer, the first in five, away from Madrid´s sizzling heat.  Walking to the metro on my way to the airport, I thought back to my first post (here) about arriving in Madrid, over four years ago. I […]

Sol Shines

October 16, 2011

The Democracia Real Ya movement (which has come to be known as the 15-M for its May 15th start) cited the Arab Spring as its inspiration. With the Wall Street movement about to enter a second month [who ever would have thought?], during last night’s massive rally in Madrid, the Spanish were happily recounting how […]

North Star

August 11, 2010

Although I’d wanted to escape August in Madrid altogether this summer, it looks like I won’t abscond to Berlin as soon as I’d hoped. Failing that, I’ve taken my cue from the Spanish, who know the north of Spain is the place to be in summer. This year Rosa hosted me a second time in […]

Something Rotten in the State of Spain

July 24, 2010

As my regular readers know by now, I’m of the philosophy that it’s necessary to give every new country at least 18 months before the frustrations and cultural misunderstandings begin to subside. It’s interesting that I’ve found that speaking the country’s language doesn’t seem to affect that time frame much at all. I have to […]

May Means Paella Popular

May 26, 2010

One of the very nicest Spanish customs has got to be paella popular, where traditionally up to hundreds of people — essentially anyone who shows up — are fed from a huge paellera pot prepared over a bonfire. This still happens, and May tends to be the best month as I’ve been informed that when […]

Madrid Movida

April 24, 2010

The weather couldn’t be more beautiful, just in time for my return to Madrid, and this year (like the first year I lived here, 2008), I made it to the Noche de los Libros. Last night bookstores stayed open till midnight or beyond, and the sidewalks of Gran Via were lined with publishers and booksellers. […]


October 30, 2009

I never miss the chance to tell the story of when I worked on a cooperative California/Baja California project and was stopped by a Tijuana cop for, get this, driving too fast over a speed bump. Tijuana cops inspired nothing less than trepidation in me, and my fears were flamed, undoubtedly, by the tough portrayal […]

Viviendo Valencia

October 11, 2009

If you’ll stipulate to the fact that the perfect film, like the perfect man or the perfect city, does not exist, I’d have to say Valencia didn’t do at all badly in the latter category. After all these years of never making it there even though I always suspected I’d like it more than Barcelona […]

Sneaking Out

August 19, 2009

I spent last week in Galicia, theoretically escaping the heat, only to come back and discover it averaged a mild 90 here while I was gone. We’re now in the fifth day of, respectively, a 95, 97, 99, 97, 97-degree heat wave that looks like it will continue through another weekend. Thanks, Madrid. Other than […]

Chaos Rules

July 19, 2009

I suppose there’s nothing like being a long-term resident in a country to take the shine off it. This being the first time I’ve truly considered myself an immigrant, I’m feeling I’ve got a lot more at stake. So Sunny Sexy South has assumed a rather dark side lately, which I generally reserve for the […]