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Archive for September, 2010

A matter of opinion

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

So, was it a success, or wasn't it? Yesterday's huelga general, that is. Well, as ever with these things, it depends on who you talk to, as estimates of everything from attendance at demonstrations and support of the strike, to involvement by different sectors, vary with a typically Spanish wildness. ...

Pretty (or) kitsch?

Monday, September 27th, 2010

I recently read a travel article, in an English newspaper, which stated that "it used to be simple when it came to Spain's big three. For style, you'd choose Barcelona; for culture, Madrid. Seville, meanwhile, was the place for romance...beautiful, but not exactly sexy...the Spanish equivalent of Bath: undeniably lovely ...

29-S strike

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

In case you haven't heard already, and there might be a few people still left who haven't, next Wednesday - 29 September, 29-S - there's a general strike in Spain. A national, general strike. Which means that the whole country will be affected, to some degree. Transport: limited service of ...

Seville old and new

Monday, September 20th, 2010

I was thinking the other day - as I'm sure you do if you live in or near, or have visited, Seville, or any other historic Andalucian city - the incredibly complex, often tricky, relationship between old and new in my adopted home town. Tradition is highly valued in Sevilla: bullfighting, ...

Ban the bulls?

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

This morning I was sitting down to write today's post, about La Pantoja, Julian Muñoz, and the endless saga that continues to grip the nation (Did she launder her then-boyfriend's ill-gotten gains? Was she involved in the illegal building permits corruption scandal? And, most importantly, will the adored copla singer ...

A mini-feria

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Well, it is September after all, and after the long, extremely hot summer, people come out to play again, at their local ferias. The most famous September ferias here in Andalucia are the Goyescas in Ronda, which happened earlier in the month, and the Vendimia, the grape harvest festivals which ...

freeze

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

When you think of Cuba, the first things that probably come to mind are great music, rum and communism. The Caribbean island, legendary for its octogenarian pianists and birthplace of the mojito, has a new export: art. But this is no ordinary art. In a country where everything is reused ...

Chain mail and sackcloth

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Sitting on straw bales, looking at sackcloth-covered walls, and watching medieval damsels and brave knights-at-arms process down narrow, cobbled streets and dine in castles is not an everyday experience. But medieval fairs are growing in popularity, and Andalucia is made for them, with its Moorish castles, ancient towns and willingness ...

Special menu with hip new wine at Malaga parador

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

[caption id="attachment_13194" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Botani Wines Victoria Ordoñez"] [/caption] Malaga's newest and most fashionable wine is a white - try it alongside an exquisite gastronomic menu at the Malaga Gibralfaro Parador. Lovers of fine wine and creative cuisine at a reasonable price will be delighted to hear that the Malaga Parador has ...

Vuelta al cole

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Hello, I'm back in Spain now, and melting like every one else. Thanks very much to Sarah for her excellent blogs over the past month while I was away. She wrote about exactly the sort of interesting topics which it's easy to overlook when you've been here for a while, ...