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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Barcelona like a local – how to have a more “authentic” Barcelona experience

It’s a common cliché, in the world of travel writing… “Don’t be just another tourist on your next trip abroad, live like a local!” And it sure does

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Municipal Elections 2023 – Ayuso wins again, Colau is out

Hey y’all! We had some elections over the weekend here in Spain. I’m not really the “party politics” type, so I don’t have a ton to say about

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Okupas in Spain – protests for and against squatters in Barcelona

What’s the deal with okupas in Spain? A few months ago, I noticed some people had moved into a commercial space on my street in Barcelona. No big

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Mine Were of Trouble – Peter Kemp and the Spanish Civil War

Here’s Peter Kemp, in Mine Were of Trouble: “The bright sun shone golden on the fields and the olives; it shone also on the huddled corpses of the

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“Homage to Catalonia” – George Orwell and the Spanish Civil War

The first time I read Homage to Catalonia was in 2004. I remember because at the time, I was just a couple of months away from moving to

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Cannabis in Barcelona – weed clubs and getting high in a “legal grey area”

Just down the street from my flat, there’s a brown door. It’s between a Pakistani barber shop and a bike rental place. The door has a big black

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Holy Week in Madrid – 4 things you should know about Semana Santa

Soon it’s going to be Holy Week in Madrid… (And everywhere else, incidentally.) Yes, Semana Santa in all its Spanish glory. After a couple of years in which

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Is the Spanish timetable getting you down? Blame Hitler!

I wrote this article 10 years ago, in 2013. Those were different times. The Partido Popular was in charge, and we were in year five of the Great

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