Category Archives: General

El Oso y el Madroño Statue in Puerta del Sol Changes Location

At about 10:30am this morning, Madrid’s city symbol, “El Oso y el Madroño” (bear and the berry tree), was moved to a new location in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. Actually, it has returned to its ORIGINAL location where it stood … Continue reading

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Last Day of Summer Vacation 2009

Tomorrow – or today – is the last day of summer vacation in Spain and in many European countries. Today is the 31st of August and many Spaniards have been on holiday the entire month, facing not only return traffic … Continue reading

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American Caught Smuggling Cocaine through Madrid Airport

54 year old American Robert Todd W. attempted to smuggle more than 4 Kilos of cocaine through Madrid Barajas Airport today but was detained by police. The American arrived at Madrid Barajas from a flight originating from Sao Paolo, Brazil. … Continue reading

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Happy 13th Year Anniversary to MadridMan

July 20 passed without fanfare – and without evening noticing it, in fact. Had this been a wedding anniversary I’d missed I’d be in the doghouse but thank goodness it was nothing so monumental. This happens to me every year, … Continue reading

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Understanding Spanish in Noisy Bars

Last night I went along with a good Spanish friend to meet a group of her friends – all Spanish too. We met at 9:30pm and went to the La Latina neighborhood in Madrid, an area very well known for … Continue reading

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Still Happy to be Living in Spain

People often ask me, “Now that you’ve been living in Spain for awhile, are you still happy?” It seems they expect me to be fed-up and ready to pack my bags and go back home to the USA – but … Continue reading

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Grand Opening: New Cercanias Station in Puerta del Sol

Today, on its first day of operation, I made my maiden-visit to the brand-new Cercanías station in Madrid’s Puerta del Sol. The controversial entryway is in the shape, it is said, of a “Glass Fish” or “Pez de Cristal“, and … Continue reading

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Redesigning Websites to stay “Modern”

We humans must periodically retrain ourselves to stay with the current trends and technologies. MadridMan is no exception. If you haven’t noticed yet, the MadridMan.com FRONT PAGE, Madrid Hostels, and Madrid Apartments pages have taken on a whole new look. … Continue reading

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Women in the Men’s Locker Room

Although the title makes it sound like a scene from a sexy porno movie, the fact remains that there are constantly women in the men’s locker room at my gym! On at least 10 different occasions I’ve seen the cleaning … Continue reading

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When an American is a Spaniard

Last Friday, when at the gym, I saw a guy there whom I’ve seen at the gym several times. He’s probably about 22 years old, short, rather round, blond hair, blue eyes, wears glasses and Nike weight-lifting shoes. On previous … Continue reading

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Taxis in Madrid

Madrid taxis can be found throughout the city – but fewer in the neighborhoods immediately outside of the downtown (where I live). Taxis are always found around shopping centers, hospitals, and, of course, bus & train stations as well as … Continue reading

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Calle de San Bernardo in Madrid: Cool Street

The 2-way, 4-lane Calle de San Bernardo, the stretch between Gran Vía and the Glorieta de Ruiz Jimenez (a.k.a. Plaza de San Bernardo), is one of my favorite streets in Madrid – and I only recently discovered it! Go to … Continue reading

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Google Maps “Street View” Comes to Spain

Google Maps recently revealed it’s Super Cool 360º “Street View” function for the Spanish cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Seville, and Valencia. It’s a great way to take a virtual stroll through these favorite city streets. One you go to Google … Continue reading

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A New Day in Madrid, Spain

It’s just after midnight and I hope to get some sleep – even though I woke up just 8.5 hours ago, sleeping ’til 3pm after going to bed at 8am, staying up all Tuesday night for the US Presidential Election … Continue reading

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Barack Obama, America’s Fresh Prince of Washington D.C.

“America’s Fresh Prince of Washington D.C.” © by Martin Media, S.L, ( 5 November 2008) What does this posting have to do with Spain? Answer: A LOT! I woke up today at 3pm after staying up ALL NIGHT, until 8am, … Continue reading

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Watching the US Presidential Election from Spain

It’s 3am late Tuesday night – or VERY early Wednesday morning and I’m watching the Elections for the next President of the United States of America. It’s an exciting time. Switching among CNN International, BBC World News, France 24 (English … Continue reading

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Son of Osama Bin Laden Seeks Asylum in Spain

How would YOU feel about this if you were a resident or citizen of Spain? Our initial reaction is shock and probably fear. But are we responsible for the actions of our parents? The below is the English version of … Continue reading

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Bush sends Spanish King Message of Friendship

The Spanish newspaper, El País, ran an article HERE (in Spanish) today on their website. Below you have the English-language translation of the same article: Two days before Spain celebrates its Día de la Hispanidad, a tribute to Columbus´arrival in … Continue reading

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Peeing in Public

I realize I’m risking offending some Spaniards (and maybe I’m actually offending EVERYONE!) for writing today’s blog entry. No one wants to appear “uncouth“. But that fact is, SOME PEOPLE DO PEE IN PUBLIC. Surely it happens throughout the world … Continue reading

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Understanding and Speaking Spanish on the Telephone

There’s almost nothing that makes me more nervous than speaking to someone in Spanish on the telephone. And worse yet, placing orders or making appointments by telephone when I’m initiating the call. Of course, when your phone rings it’s a … Continue reading

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