Getting music in Madrid

Planning on spending some time in Madrid in the near future? If so, there are undoubtedly a million things on your mind regarding your trip and time abroad: what clothes to pack, sorting out a phone, getting the proper adapters for your electronic devices, what to leave at home, and so forth. One thing that you probably haven’t given any thought to, however, is how you’re going to keep up on your music library while you’re here. Of course, this...

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Skating in Madrid

How are those New Year’s resolutions coming along? Have you managed to lose those extra pounds that you’ve been carrying around since Thanksgiving? Chances are your good intentions have buckled under the weight of that busy schedule you have got. Or on the contrary, perhaps you have managed to start going to gym regularly. Whatever the case may be, once the springtime rolls around, you definitely won’t want to spend your free time stuck in some...

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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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5 Traditional spanish christmas foods

It’s the beginning of December and Christmas is just around the corner — “the most wonderful time of the year”, they say. But what makes it so great? The first thing that comes to mind is of course the presents, but is that really what we look forward to most as adults? Perhaps. But what about the food? There is certainly no sensation like that of arriving home after a long journey, walking in the door, and being barraged by a plethora of...

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Where to Buy a Gift in Madrid

So after years of doubting, months of planning, weeks of anxiousness, and hours of travel, you’ve finally made it to Madrid. You’re enjoying seeing the city and taking advantage of everything that it has to offer. You’re having new experiences and meeting new people, but sooner or later you know it’s going to happen: the day will come when you have to buy a gift for someone. So what do you get? Where do you buy it? Of course back home you would...

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Neighborhoods in Madrid: Lavapiés

A simple stroll through the center of Madrid will quickly make one realize the uniqueness of each of its traditional, yet modern neighborhoods. Previously we discussed Malasaña, La Latina, and Huertas — all of which have their own particular vibe and way of blending the old and the new. Today we’re going to take a look at yet another area of Madrid’s city center, the eclectic neighborhood of Lavapiés. Located just south of the Puerta del Sol,...

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