RIP Uncle Emilio (Don’t You Get Any Ideas, Buffett!)

Some people are rabid Steve Jobs fanboys. Some people fantasize about rubbing Ronaldo’s abs or sitting in a hot tub with Iker Casillas. But I, your gracious host–always a

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Drugs, Prostitution, and the Spanish GDP – A Love Story

Gotta hand it to the European Union. They’ve always got some new scheme to keep what we call Europe afloat. This week it’s calculating the contribution that sex and

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The Brain Drain in Spain 3: Flight of the Party Girls

An article was making the rounds on Facebook the other day entitled Pues yo me voy de España. In it, an Italian journalist describes her reasons for leaving

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The Brain Drain in Spain 2: Flight to London

If you want to be kind of depressed – and your Spanish is up to it – go read the article published in El País Semanal yesterday entitled

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The 4 big things I wish I had known before moving to Madrid

Moving to Madrid sort of happened to me by accident. Like many or most people, I had spent my teenage years with no idea what I was doing

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The Economist: Sleepwalkers

Yep, that’s about right. Word to The Economist for a great cover. As the article says, as long as we’re not hearing anything from European heads of state,

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Austerity Chronicles: The Underground Economy

It’s always funny listening to the BBC report on Spain’s economic problems, because the discussion invariably comes back to the underground economy, and the host of the show

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Record High Unemployment in Spain — 6.202.700 People Jobless

Back in 2008, the crisis was just starting… And President Zapatero of the quote-unquote Socialist Party was able to get re-elected on a solid platform of “just deny

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Scenes from the Spanish Crisis: Local Wives Turned Prostitutes

It’s pretty easy to find prostitutes in Madrid. They stand around on certain streets, and advertise openly… Anyway, you know your country’s in crisis when an “escort service”

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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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