Death, fasting and public nudity – Random Thoughts #10

Two old people in my building died over the weekend. Both lived on the 6th floor, actually. On Saturday, a note appeared downstairs. Written in Spanish, block capitals,

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Spanish seafood vocabulary: pescado, marisco and much more

Hey y’all! Let’s do some Spanish seafood vocabulary. The other day I wrote a little article about my love for Spanish cuisine. And I described the rather disorienting

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Dear Spain: Please stop ruining international cuisine

Thinking of making a paella this weekend? Considering adding some chorizo to that paella? “Burn, heretic!” At least, that’s what a lot of Spanish people would say. I

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Embracing the Sprunch: why brunch in Madrid isn’t like the brunch back home

by Klara Nordström As a semi-hipster millennial with an appetite and an Instagram obsession – of course I brunch. While I would never describe myself as a ‘foodie’

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How you can help refugees – 3 ways to help out, right here in Madrid

A lot’s been happening recently. Brexit. Trump. The refugee crisis in Europe. And actually, I find myself lost for words. What can I say? The world doesn’t need

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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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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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New Horse Meat Scandal Rocks Several Spanish Provinces

Oh wow. Another horse meat scandal! This was the third or fourth story on elpais.com this morning, so it must be a big deal. Well, as (possibly) the

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Made in Spain: the Kiss of Death for Spanish Marketing

Spain has a branding problem. Massive unemployment and political corruption aren’t giving the Spanish anything to brag about when they go abroad – or, more accurately, emigrate in

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