Tag Archives: Spain

Listening to Spanish Radio from Spain

This morning I was flashing back to my years (and years) in Ohio when I would listen to Spanish radio online daily, back when I was pining to move to Spain. Listening live would give me a sweet anxiety which … Continue reading

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Hints of Christmas – in October?!

Yesterday I was standing in the check-out line at my local supermarket and noticed the nearby shelves – the ones you first see upon entering the store. THEY WERE STOCKED, ALREADY, WITH TRADITIONAL SPANISH CHRISTMAS GOODIES!! Really! Yes, I’m sure … Continue reading

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Europe Travel Alert

Since I’m on Madrid’s US Embassy‘s mailing list they send me these alerts every so often but I don’t usually pay much attention. Nothing has ever happened after receiving the travel alerts. Today’s alert regards …”the potential for terrorist attacks … Continue reading

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2010 World Cup Final: Spain-Netherlands

Whether or not you believe in clairvoyant “Pulpo Paul”, the 2010 World Cup Final match featuring a strong Spanish Team and the respectable Netherlands team will no doubt be exciting tomorrow/Sunday night – 8:30pm Spain time, 2:30pm New York Time. … Continue reading

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Old People Walk Slow

The old phrase holds true, “God love ’em.” And I do too, that’s the fact, so my patience-level is generally high when I encounter them on the sidewalks and standing in lines. There’s no denying it, old people walk slow. … Continue reading

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MadridMan’s Christmas Eve Dinner 2009

I’ve just returned from a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with Spanish friends, through and through. The dinner consisted of a tasty fish soup with rice. Delicious. At first reading, many Americans hear “fish soup” and immediately they furrow their brows … Continue reading

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How it Feels to Win the Lottery

I’ve never won anything before. But last Tuesday it happened. I ACTUALLY won Spain’s Christmas Lottery! Overwhelmed, jubilant, and in denial, I checked my numbers online once, twice, even a third time to be sure I wasn’t mistaken. Nope. The … Continue reading

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El Gordo 2009: Spain’s Christmas Lottery

It’s that time of year again. In some cases, people have lined up for hours to select their numbers for the 2009 edition of Spain’s Christmas Lottery, all hoping to win “El Gordo”, the largest of all prizes. A few … Continue reading

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Spanish Holiday Food Ads Include Dead Pigs

Really, you gotta love Spain. I know I do. Maybe I’m now fully indoctrinated into Spanish culture because my first glance at the above Lidl advertisement in today’s Madrid 20Minutos free newspaper had no effect on me whatsoever – until … Continue reading

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3 Days Before Thanksgiving in Madrid

“The American Store” in Madrid is great. They have absolutely everything – WHEN they have it, that is. I took the 30-minute walk+metro+walk trip to the store next to the Hospital Clínico San Carlos today (metro Moncloa), all bubbly and … Continue reading

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Last Day of October 2009 in Madrid

Today’s Halloween, we’ve already changed our clocks back 1-hour, and the temperatures are getting a little cooler – but only a little. Some of the leaves have gone from green to brown, seemingly overnight, bypassing the oranges, reds, and yellows … Continue reading

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Summer Vacation Exodus Begins in Spain

Although it’s already July 3rd, many workers finished out the week to start vacations this Friday afternoon. This fact is verified by 32 kilometers of traffic jams on all of Madrid’s (and in nearly all of Spain’s cities) out-going highways … Continue reading

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Spain loses to USA in Confederations Cup Semifinal

The USA National Soccer Team, never (ever!) known as Giant Killers, came a step closer to earning the title for the first time. Last night, USA stunned Spain in the soccer semifinal of the Confederations Cup in South Africa, a … Continue reading

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Spain Travel by Bus, Train, or Airplane?

People often ask me which is the best way to travel around Spain for the visitor. Answering this question is always difficult because “the best way” means different things to different people and many details must be considered before deciding. … Continue reading

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Madrid: Domingo de Ramos Procession

NOTE: Also read “2012 Palm Sunday Procession in Madrid“. I’ve just returned from watching Madrid’s only Palm Sunday (called “Domingo de Ramos“) procession of Easter/Holy Week, called Semana Santa in Spain. Today’s procession was called “Procesión del Cristo de la … Continue reading

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Spain’s Christmas Lottery, “El Gordo”

(NOTE: read MadridMan’s 2009 Blog Entry on Spain’s Christmas Lottery)It’s time once again for “El Gordo“, Spain’s Christmas Lottery! Just yesterday, Saturday, about 30 minutes before the lottery offices closed, I ran out to my local lottery ticket office to … 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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