The Spanish League and the King’s Cup

As most Americans are well aware of, football — or soccer as it’s known in North America — is absolutely huge in Spain. For many Spaniards, it’s as if their entire lives revolved around their favorite team; when the team wins, they are happy and when it doesn’t they are upset. These feelings become even stronger when it comes to important matches, such as cup finals. It seems as if football, rather than religion, is truly the ‘opiate of the...

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After-Christmas Sales in Madrid

Now well into the month of January, in Spain the holidays seem like a distant memory; the days off, presents, overeating, and time with friends and family — despite having ended earlier this week — are long gone. For many, this time of the year feels a bit sad, being that the bulk of winter lies ahead and there are no significant holiday breaks until Easter. The tendency may even be to feel a bit depressed as temperatures drop and those extra...

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Los Reyes Magos

It’s now the second week in January and 2015 is in full swing. You’ve long since gone back to work and returned to the routine that you had before December when your life seemed to consist solely of buying presents and overeating. Those New Year’s resolutions are still going strong and Christmas seems like a distant memory. As you’re struggling to remember what you even got, perhaps, in Spain the gift-giving — believe it or not — has yet to...

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New Year’s Resolutions in Spain

So, you watched the ball drop in Times Square on Wednesday night to ring in the New Year and 2014 is gone — forever. Now we’re on day two of 2015 and so far, so good, right? Of course last year was a fabulous one — we’d only have to take a look at your New Year’s Eve Facebook post to confirm that — but there are undoubtedly things that could have gone better. Now we have a new year, and of course a great opportunity to remedy all that is in our...

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Celebrating New Year’s in Spain

After a seemingly endless holiday season, we are just days away from the final day of the year. As if it were possible, 2014 is already coming to a close and 2015 is merely days away from beginning. As New Year’s Eve approaches, Americans are making plans to spend the last evening of the year among friends, ringing in the new year with funny sunglasses, party hats, and a variety of noise-making devices. Of course, this is a time to reflect on...

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Skiing in Madrid

Ever since the 1960s, Spain has been a world class tourist destination famous for its warm climate and beaches; in fact, it is currently the third most visited country in the world behind France and the United States. Certainly this is due to the vast amount of coastline that the country possesses and the countless historical sites that it boasts — whether it’s the rustic beaches in the North, the arid beaches of the South, the islands, the...

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Christmas Eve and Christmas Day in Spain

After much waiting and anticipation, the big day has finally come: it’s Christmas! In the US, the arrival of December 25th signals the end of the “most wonderful time of the year”, and by this date, everyone is quite ready to give each other gifts and get it over with. Since the day after Thanksgiving (or perhaps even before), you have been barraged by all things Christmas — whether it’s music on the radio and in stores, decorations, or...

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Children’s Christmas Holiday in Madrid

Less than a week is left until Christmas Day — the moment that every kid in America has been waiting for since the 26th of December of the previous year. As we can surely all remember, in the mind of a child, December seems to last forever as the country eats, sleeps, and breathes Christmas; the decorations, the trees, holiday music on the radio and in stores, the rush to get all the gift-buying done in time — no one has any doubt as to what...

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Head to the Center of Madrid during the Holidays

Whether you realize it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. For some, this will mean the arrival of a long-awaited holiday in which much time and forethought has been invested. For others, this means complete panic because not a single gift has been bought yet and there are only so many more shopping days until Christmas. Whatever the case may be, just remember that it’s only once a year! Of course in Madrid, people’s feelings towards...

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Neighborhoods in Madrid: Barrio Salamanca

In our blog, we’ve taken the opportunity to discuss several neighborhoods in Madrid. Thus far, we’ve featured Huertas (a.k.a. el Barrio de las letras), la Latina, Malasaña, and Lavapiés — all very castizo neighborhoods in the center district of the capital. Due to their age and location, each one of them has developed a unique character based on their particular blend of old and new. Today, however, we’d like to take a look further afield at...

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