Category: Spain

Rhythm of the Night

Rhythm of the Night

[ 0 ] April 26, 2014 |

“The dance can reveal everything mysterious that is hidden in music, and it has the additional merit of being human and palpable. Dancing is poetry with arms and legs.” -Charles Baudelaire He taps the wooden floor with his heels, gentle at first, growing harder and faster with each flick of his foot, leaving scuff marks on […]

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Spring Awakening: Las Fallas 2014

Spring Awakening: Las Fallas 2014

[ 1 ] March 23, 2014 |

Crack. Bang. Boom. Shaking the palm trees and ricocheting off the thin walls of apartment buildings, firecrackers crash and collide with the pavement. Children scream and chase the sparks, sending  short flickers into the air. In the distance, shots thunder through the air, making hearts beat faster and dogs bark louder. White tented stands crowd […]

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What to do when the party’s over: Winter in Ibiza

What to do when the party’s over: Winter in Ibiza

[ 0 ] March 12, 2014 |

As the waves of the Mediterranean lap against the sand, I wonder if Ibiza has ever seen a day as quiet as this one before. The general atmosphere of this island moves to the beat of fluorescent strobe lights and the thumping of car radios. But on a warm day in March, this tropical paradise […]

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Madrid’s Sunset Sanctuary

Madrid’s Sunset Sanctuary

[ 0 ] February 22, 2014 |

It is not every day that people are surrounded by exquisitely manicured stone archways, ancient European brick facades, and weathered cobblestone streets. Living in Madrid, Spain, I am blessed with the opportunity to sample the finest of Spanish history and culture minutes from my door.  The short walk from my quaint apartment to Puerta del […]

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Fiestas de España: Part 2

Fiestas de España: Part 2

[ 0 ] January 20, 2014 |

When I lived in Cádiz, one day there were a bunch of life-sized (and I mean real dinosaur size) dinosaurs right in front of the cathedral. Was this an experiment the Catholic Church was putting on? Was this some kind of bizarre storage solution? Or perhaps some kind of dino-celebration? I’ll never know. It is […]

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Canary Islands: Tenerife’s Tourist’s Internal War: The North vs. The South

Canary Islands: Tenerife’s Tourist’s Internal War: The North vs. The South

[ 0 ] January 20, 2014 |

No matter how many people gazed upon her black beauty, the waves of El Bollullo crashed into the granite colored sand, smooth than strong, smooth than strong, ever constant, never-changing.  El Bollullo is a natural beach still untouched by the developments of man, resting on the largest of the seven Canary Islands, just outside of […]

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Worldwide Tipping Guide: Tips for Tipping Around the World

Worldwide Tipping Guide: Tips for Tipping Around the World

[ 0 ] January 8, 2014 |

For those of you who love to travel but can’t quite figure out if tipping is customary in the city you’re visiting, you’ll definitely appreciate our quick tipping guide. With the help of my fellow Sages, here are some tipping pointers that will make your trip less stressful and confusing. Australia:  Casual dining – Tipping is […]

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Fiestas de España: Part 1

Fiestas de España: Part 1

[ 0 ] January 3, 2014 |

There is no doubt the people of Spain love to have a good time. While living there, I was surprised at just how often there were festivals and feasts that trumped professional obligations. Don’t worry, though; you’ll find it is easier to give up your laptop and office space than you might think. Many holidays and festivals […]

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Navidad in Madrid

Navidad in Madrid

[ 0 ] December 22, 2013 |

Maybe it’s the soundtrack of metro musicians performing variations of Silent Night and O Come All Ye Faithful. Maybe it’s the theatrical display of lights that decorate the narrow cobblestone streets, turning the neoclassical Spanish balconies shades of purple, red, and green. Maybe it’s the smell of churros con chocolate, or the sound of ice […]

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Madrid’s Punctual Public Transportation System for Unpunctual Madrileños

Madrid’s Punctual Public Transportation System for Unpunctual Madrileños

[ 0 ] December 15, 2013 |

No. Spanish old lady, I do plan to remain sitting on this metro seat eating my Tex-Mex Doritos that taste exactly like original Doritos. Please keep giving me the death stare. I feel no remorse not relinquishing my seat to you. Spanish old ladies are not only slow movers, but they have also mistaken the […]

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