Spanish general election results, anti-business culture, and civil servants

Some lady is angry at me on Instagram. The reason is a meme: a meme suggesting that while the far left has recently suggested giving every eighteen year

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Swedish Utopia – myths and realities of the Scandinavian experiment

The typical Swedish greeting is “Hej!”  Delivered at high volume, with great cheer and enthusiasm, “Hej!” Is directed at whichever stranger you have in front of you. The

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Cercedilla: a mountain town to escape the hustle and heat of Madrid

Summer is here — it’s hot and getting hotter. Want to get away? Try heading to Cercedilla. You can shave a few degrees off your Madrid summer temperatures

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American Ignorance: How Much do Americans Know about Spain?

How much does your average American know about Spain? Probably very little. So are Americans all ignorant? Well, that’s a longer story, which I’ll tell here. Let me

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European Stereotypes Revisited – update from a small peninsula

Hey, y’all! Greetings from the peninsula. It’s a hot weekend here in Iberia. And rather than go out and get sunburned, I figured I’d revisit an old theme

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Common Spanish Proverbs – life wisdom from Spanish grannies

Hey hey! It’s been a while since I’ve done an article about Spanish proverbs. Actually, back in the day I did one, but that was about the more

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Pros and Cons of Living in Madrid – 10 best and worst things

Interested in knowing about the pros and cons of living in Madrid? Well, you’ve come to the right place. I’m originally from the US, but I’ve been here

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A History of Romantic Love – from Exodus to OnlyFans

In 333 BC, Alexander the Great defeated the Persian Darius III at the Battle of Issus. In the chaos of the battle, Darius fled in his chariot. The

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Beat the Heat in Madrid: 9 ways to cool off like a local this summer

Summertime. If there’s one thing nearly everyone in Madrid can agree on these days, it’s this… It’s hot. And in a country where many houses don’t have air

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Best International Restaurants in Barcelona for 2024

Looking for the best international restaurants in Barcelona? You’re in the right place. I’m not exactly an obsessive foodie. But I like eating, I got tired of cooking

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