El Pardo – walking in Madrid, good restaurants, and more

Here’s a fun fact you probably didn’t know: over 25% of the area within Madrid’s city limits is a nature reserve. Here’s another one: we have one of

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Blackface and Red Snapper: A Spanish Christmas

Spanish Christmas never seems to end: here in Spain, the Christmas season actually extends past the 6th of January, when Spaniards celebrate Epiphany. The evening of the 5th

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Austerity Chronicles, November 2012: Garbage Srike

It looks like they’ve cleaned this up by now, but at this time yesterday, the whole sidewalk outside my building was blocked by trash, and part of the

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American High School Teachers vs Spanish High School Teachers

Can you spot the seven differences between American high school teachers and Spanish high school teachers? It’s easy… Just read on: American High School Teacher Of course you’re

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Typical Spanish Shepherd Outfits, Trashumancia 2012

Typical Spanish outfits, at the Trashumancia, October 2012. Madrid, Spain.

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Black Sheep, Trashumancia, Madrid

Black sheep knows what’s up. Trashumancia Madrid, October 28, 2012.

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Economic Crisis in Spain – Scenes from Spanish Austerity

There’s a lot I could say about the economic crisis in Spain. I’ve been searching the web for English-language blogs about Spain for years, and have only managed

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Austerity Pro Tip #3: Hope for reincarnation

When the CEOs of banks lose hundreds of millions of dollars in other people’s money and suddenly don’t have enough to pay their debts, the government bails them

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Austerity Pro Tip #2: Make your own booze

It is possible to ferment fruit juice in a jar in your closet. Leave the jar open for a few days, or dunk your feet in it to

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5 Reasons Why Living in Madrid is Awesome

Life has been pretty difficult here in Spain for the last few years. Our 25% unemployment rate is not making many people optimistic about the future, and the

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