Feeling Homesick

Let’s face it — after spending any length of time overseas, sooner or later you’re bound to feel a bit homesick. Chances are this won’t happen at first, as your first days, weeks, and even months in Spain will be a sort of ‘honeymoon period’, full of new experiences and emotions. As time wears on, though, eventually you’ll face a moment when you miss your life from back home — things like friends, family, pets, your car, your neighborhood, your...

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September in Madrid: Back to Reality

This week will undoubtedly make a difference in many people’s year. As August winds down and September begins, many Spaniards return to the routine that they have so willingly forgotten after a month-long vacation. Although more and more people are opting to stay in Madrid during the month of August, the vast majority of Spain’s population still takes the entire month off — be it by personal choice or due to a  company-imposed vacation period....

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Las Fiestas de la Paloma en Madrid

Staying in Madrid this month? Gonna be here this weekend? Before you feel like you’re missing all the fun by not being at the beach, know this: from the 14th to the 17th of August Madrid is the place to be. From Thursday to Sunday the centrally-located neighborhood La Latina will be hosting the most popular summer party in Madrid — Las Fiestas de la Virgen de la Paloma. This celebration is the final chapter of the three major August fiestas in...

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‘Neighborhood Life’ in Madrid

Sick of everything being far away? Tired of having to drive everywhere? Then time to park your car, jump on a plane, and head to Madrid. One of the best things about life in Spain’s capital is the likely possibility of having goods and services within walking distance — there’s nothing better than having just about everything you need virtually at your doorstep. Whether you need to buy something you had forgotten at the grocery store...

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Celebrating the Fourth of July ‘Spanish-Style’

One of the first things you will notice upon arrival in Spain is the abundance of public holidays and vacation time. In fact, between federal, regional, and municipal holidays, Spaniards have fourteen days off a year, in addition to the government-stipulated vacation period of twenty-two days a year. So, with a total of thirty-six, Spain is one of the top countries in the world for time off. On the other end of the spectrum is the United...

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Springtime is here, what can I do in Madrid?

The most enjoyable time to be in Madrid is the month of May. It’s by then, generally, that the spring is in full swing and is making its welcome presence known to all who inhabit the capital. The temperature rises, the sun comes out, and the scent of magnolias and  honeysuckle sweeten the warm breeze that blows across the city. Naturally, one can’t help but feeling different. After all, “La primavera, la sangre altera.”...

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What is… La Feria del Libro?

El Día del Libro is one of the most important celebrations in Spain, and of course in Madrid. It takes place on 23rd of April, and celebrations last for two weeks in all cities. In Madrid, there is a huge fair in the biggest park of the city, El Retiro, with several publishers, authors, readers… This takes place from 30th May to 15th June. It’s a great atmosphere. Below are some of my experiences from the festivities…   The Spanish...

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