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Madrid Snapshot

February 18, 2007


A short guide to Madrid.

Madrid: Landlords face empty flat fee

February 5, 2007


by ben curtis While they are busy building enough new flats around Madrid to house the remaining few young professionals that still haven’t fled to the city from the economically depressed provinces, there are a remarkable number of empty flats here in the centre of the city. Half the shutters in the 6 floor building […]

Madrid: Hairdresser’s daughter does good (again)

February 1, 2007


by ben curtis Speaking of Spanish film (the post on nudity in Spanish cinema is the most commented on in a long time!), it seems Penelope Cruz has been nominated for Best Female Actress in the next Oscars, for her role in the excellent (and bizzarely not nominated) Volver. I find it strange that a […]

Madrid: Nudity in Spanish cinema

January 31, 2007


by ben curtis The other night I was speaking with Marina and a friend, Yolanda, about Spanish films and, in particular, the classic Jamon Jamon. Yolanda thought that it really went for the dark side of Spanish life (whorehouses, amateur bull taunting, violence), and Marina commented that Penelope Cruz, then 16, portrayed a strongly sexual […]

Madrid: Top 10 Things To Do

December 15, 2006


by ben

In town over the holidays? Here's our Notes from Spain recommendations for 10 things to do in Madrid. For more details and maps, see your guide book! (Time Out Madrid is great.)

1. The No-Brainer
Visit at least one of the big three art museums, the Prado, the Reina Sofia and the Thyssen. If in doubt pick the Reina Sofia and see Picasso's Guernica.

2. Tapas Grazing
Start on Cava Baja, stopping at will on this bar-packed street, then head into the depths of La Latina for more.

3. Something Different
Take a trip on the Teleferico, out into the depths of the Casa de Campo.

Madrid: What every girl wants for Christmas

December 7, 2006


by almendro 

We first noticed them a couple of years ago. Calf-high, low-heeled (no heeled, really), lace-up horrors masquerading as women’s footwear. Suddenly, they were everywhere, filling scores of shop windows with their hideousness, marring the lower extremities of nearly every female under 40. Somehow, wrestling boots had become hip.

Madrid: The Christmas crapper – any relation to Borat?

December 7, 2006



by almendro

Thanksgiving has now past, and you know what that means.

We’ve written before about el caganer - the Catalan crapper who shows up in nativity scenes this time of year. The caganer is a mischievous reminder that, despite the high serenity of the Virgin Birth, nature has its way.