The Austerity Chronicles: Police State

I remember years ago when a group of feminists staged a protest about El Oso y el Madroño in Puerta del Sol, which they claimed was actually a female bear–una

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The Spanish Timetable, Killin’ It on the NY Times and Slate

The Spanish timetable, with its world famous (and semi-mythological) siesta, its long lunches and late dinners – is apparently big news in the US. Why? I have no idea!

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Changes at the Chorizo Chronicles – your favorite expat blog

This website is not about my life, per se. It’s more an expat blog in general – I’m just a representative. Hopefully, others will learn from my experiences here in Madrid

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Another New Article on Vaya Madrid

Well, the hugging and learning continues over on ¡Vaya Madrid! Check out my new piece, which (of course) I enjoyed writing quite a bit. This new article is

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Is Madrid going downhill?

Well, it’s over here in Madrid. (Sorry, everyone…) Recently, El País has announced that Madrid is in a downhill slide. They say that the city is not a

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In Which the Author Realizes He’s Out of Touch with the Youth

At the hamburger restaurant in downtown Vigo there’s a guy eating alone at the next table. I’m doing my usual thing of talking much louder than most other English

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Are Europeans More Civilized than Americans?

Zio Enzo is possibly not the uncle of anyone I know. In any case, he’s a toothless 70-something Italian man who everybody is calling Uncle. He’s wearing a

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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 Brain Drain in Spain (insert stupid rhyme here)

Recently there’s been a lot of brain drain in Spain. But it didn’t use to be this way. There was a time, back in those early days of

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