Pico de Abantos – more GR-10 adventures

I had made a half-hearted attempt to do this walk before, but today I made it all the way to the top. Pico de Abantos – at 1753

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Looking back on 10 years of life in Madrid

Have you noticed that suddenly everything around town is suddenly a “gastro” bar or some vintagey hipster café? Or even worse, a low-cost bar with the bucket of

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A cada cerdo le llega su San Martín

Tomorrow is San Martin. The 11th of November. The traditional day for the slaughter of pigs all around the Mediterranean. There’s an expression about it in Spanish: a

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Week One of Madrid’s Ebola Zombie Apocalypse: A Recap of the Most Important News

It’s been a quiet week in Madrid, my home town, out there on the meseta… The zombies are taking over what was once a beautiful city, but most people

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As Ebola Virus Spreads, Madrid Prepares for the Zombie Apocalypse

The ebola virus has spread to Spain. Here’s an update… We all remember back in August when Miguel Pajares, a Spanish missionary, was brought from Africa to die in

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Top 6 Reasons Why You Should Give Me Money

Teaching English is, of course, a seasonal enterprise. In January, everybody in Spain decides that this will be the year. The year they finally become bilingual (and ideally

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GR Footpaths in Spain: Walking Tours of the Iberian Peninsula

Here’s some info about the GR footpaths in Spain. I’m a big walker, so any time I’m out and about and I see the characteristic yellow arrow for

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How to go whoring in Madrid – Spain is different!

Want to know how to go whoring in Madrid? Well, I hate to say it, but… This article is going to disappoint more than a few people who

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Conversation with a Peruvian Waitress

I went to a Peruvian restaurant in Madrid recently, and this happened… Waitress: [To Latin Friend] Dile al gringo que esta salsa es muy picante, pero que no

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Cercedilla Article on Vaya Madrid, and Quotes for Hemingway’s Birthday

Well folks, I have a new article on Vaya Madrid these days. It’s about Cercedilla, a lovely town up north in the mountains. The title is Escape the

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