Monthly Archives: September 2007

Paella, Tapas, Toros, Plaza Mayor

Wow! Another incredible weekend in Madrid. Question: “Am I Spanish Yet?!” When do I get my Merit Badge? It all started Friday afternoon when I met my good Valencian friend Damián for a paella lunch at La Buganvilla. La Buganvilla … Continue reading

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Madrid Supermarkets

Supermarkets, or “grocery stores” as we call them often in the United States, are found in every Madrid neighborhood and also outside the city in the “Centros Comerciales“. You have your Dia (cheap), PLUS (cheap), Lidl (cheap), Maxcoop (average), Carrefour … Continue reading

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More Madrid Flamenco

Two weekends ago I went to a flamenco show at Corral de la Pacheca and last Saturday night I went to one at Las Tablas. Both were very different shows in very different places. Corral de la Pacheca is obviously … Continue reading

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Spain’s Daily Bread

Bread. Milk. Eggs. These are definitely the staples of an average diet in the United States. But here in Spain it’s bread. “Si no hay pan, no hay comida” is a famous saying in Spain. It means, “Without bread it’s … Continue reading

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Madrid Friends are the Best!

Sometimes it’s like that. Get-togethers with friends can be fine, good, or leave you feeling really really fortunate to know such wonderful people. (of course drinking lots of good beer helps too) Yesterday, we had another Movie with MadridMan gathering … Continue reading

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Flamenco in Madrid

One of the most common emails I receive (apart from the usual, “Can you recommend a incredibly wonderful, incredibly cheap place to stay in the heart of downtown Madrid?”) is about Flamenco in Madrid. Understandably, travelers want to see the … Continue reading

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EuroBasket 2007: American Beats Spain for Russia(!?!)

WHAT?!?! Go figure! Last night, “American-born Jon Robert Holden’s jumper with 2.1 seconds left secured Russia their first-ever EuroBasket title with a thrilling 60-59 victory over reigning world champions and hosts Spain.” – see EuroBasket2007 website HERE. Let’s get this … Continue reading

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Gypsy Street Musicians

Gypsy street musicians pass through my neighborhood from time to time – but less and less frequently. I always hear them playing their pasodobles before seeing them. They typically go from block corner to block corner trying to get the … Continue reading

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Taxi Drivers: No English Spoken Here

No Kidding! They’re Spanish, afterall! This morning on TeleMadrid there was a report about Madrid’s taxi drivers and their ability (or lack of ability) to speak English with their riders. My first thought was, “Of course they can’t speak English! … Continue reading

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Pharmacies in Spain

For customer service, Spanish pharmacies are near the top! Unlike in the USA, when you want to buy something like Alka-Seltzer, diarrhea medicine, ASPIRIN, or condoms (see update below), you MUST go to the pharmacy. For Spaniards, this is a … Continue reading

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WAL-MART: Salvation or Destruction of the USA?

The activist bug bit me early this morning. I was checking back-links (websites which link to and found one which has a link to it. It was the La Charla blog, written by an American woman in the United … Continue reading

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September 11th, 2007 – 6 Years Later

Today is the 6-year anniversary of the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C.. Time helps to heal wounds but rarely helps us forget the events themselves. Violence is never the answer in resolving issues. … Continue reading

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¡Porras! (for breakfast, that is)

Sometimes it’s so nice to go down a local bar for breakfast – just as I did this morning. I really missed them during their one-month absence for August vacation. The place was established in 1952 just as the neighborhood … Continue reading

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10-Year Anniversary for

How time flies. It passed almost without notice.‘s 10 Year Anniversary passed me without fanfare, without parties, without cork-popping champagne bottles. The 10-year anniversary passed on July 20th, 2007 for the domain name registration (then $100 per year to … Continue reading

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Spanish Dubbed Movies in Spain

I like to go to the movies. Usually I’ll go to the Cine Ideal on the Plaza Jacinto Benavente en downtown Madrid to catch the latest, greatest Hollywood production shown in V.O. – “Versión Original”. Or if it’s a good … Continue reading

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I Miss My OSU Buckeyes!

Wow. It’s official. I’m totally out-of-the-loop living here in Spain, having lost all touch with my homeland. Yesterday on Skype, Tuesday, my uncle was telling me all the WORK he had to do the previous day, Monday, LABOR DAY! I … Continue reading

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Evening Strolls in Madrid

Some evenings the mood will strike me to get away from the computer and go to downtown Madrid. Thank goodness there’s a bus stop 20 meters away from my door and the ride only takes about 20 minutes. The bus … Continue reading

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Dinnertime smells in the air

Mmmm.. It’s 10pm, it’s still summer, everyone’s windows are open, and some of the most amazing, most delicious smells are coming through my window now. Mmmm.. IF ONLY my own kitchen smelled THIS good – but it never does. Cooking … Continue reading

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Topless Sunbathing in Madrid & Spain

What a country, eh? Okay, I realize topless sunbathing is not exclusive to Madrid. But HERE is where I have most of my experience – with topless sunbathing!! Most weekdays I go to the gym in hopes of staving off … Continue reading

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End of Spanish Summer Vacation

Today’s Saturday. Most Saturday morning’s of the year you’d typically find little activity in the streets. But not this morning! I was walking back from the gym today at about noon and there was a definite buzz in the street; … Continue reading

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