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Top 10 Caves in Spain

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Spectacular Caves in Spain Intense summer heat often lingers on as summer draws to a close, inspiring us to seek a little cool break from the sun. Scenic caves and grottos offer an unexpectedly refreshing itinerary option. Here’s a quick round up of Spain’s ten most attractive caves; intriguing places that have quietly awaited our presence since pre-historic times:… read more »

2014 Cycling World Championships

by John Bascombe on Monday, September 15, 2014

Ponferrada 2014 Zurich, Copenhagen, Montreal, Barcelona, Lisbon, Budapest, Rome and now, Ponferrada. Ponferrada? Yes, that Little town with a gentle microclimate tucked within the harsh hills of León, Spain. September of 2014 will mark its entry into the pantheon of cities that have hosted cycling's UCI Road World Championships… read more »

Romantic Poetry in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Romantic Poets From Juan Arolas to Jose Espronceda , the Spanish literary canon is littered with romantic genius to rival even that of the prolific and widespread Romantic Movement in the United Kingdom with John Keats , William Wordsworth and William Blake. Although the lifespan of the Spanish romantic period was perhaps shorter than elsewhere, it was arguably more intense. The Movement, which took place at the beginning of the 19 th Century, was characterized by a focus on emotion, yet the romantic poets also celebrated the beauty and divinity of the natural universe , the vastness of the imagination, and the liberation of the individual. Art itself became freer, with symbols and myths often used, and value was placed on the marginalized within society. Poetry often dealt with the notion of ‘passionate love’, with its extremes of emotion, introspectiveness and the search for the ‘self’… read more »

Flamenco Festival in Seville

by John Bascombe on Thursday, September 04, 2014

The 2014 Biennial Flamenco Festival If you’ve been in Seville over the last few weeks you’ve probably seen the larger than life images of flamenco performers frozen in striking poses as they roll down city streets on the sides of lightrail trains. You can almost hear the intense rhythms, high passion hand clapping, foot stomping, dramatic deep song, and inspired guitar voicings on the verge of erupting here in a full-fledged international celebration of this unique art form. Seville, the unwavering heart of the flamenco world, is gearing up for her highly anticipated Biannual Flamenco Festival set to take place from Sept. 12 to Oct. 5. … read more »

2014 Basketball World Cup in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 28, 2014

From August 30 to September 14, 2014, the 17th FIBA Basketball World Cup will be held in Spain. Over the course of 15 days, 24 teams that have qualified to represent their country will try to win the Naismith Cup (named in honor of the inventor of the sport, James Naismith ) in one of the most important global sporting events… read more »

Interview With Reza Emilio Juma

by John Bascombe on Monday, August 25, 2014

Reza Emilio Juma is a talented young author that has recently released his first book Mil Besos   (A Thousand Kisses). Born in Toronto and raised in countries around the world, he attended and graduated from the University of British Columbia. Upon graduating he came to Spain and fell in love with the country and culture, especially the diverse cultural mix that Andalusia offers. Presently living and working in Mexico as a university professor, we caught up with him on his tour of Spain promoting his work—the story of a young boy's journey from adolescence to manhood all the while following his dreams… read more »

Top Ten Spanish Festivals in August

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 21, 2014

Spain in August August may be a little more than half over, but here’s a list of some of Spain’s coolest fiestas in the hottest month, so you know what’s going on this summer, or next summer… always en español … read more »

Why should we remember Frida?

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 14, 2014

“I paint myself because I am so often alone, and because I am the subject I know best.” … read more »

The Spanish Market

by John Bascombe on Thursday, August 07, 2014

El Mercado - The Traditional Spanish Market The Spanish Mercado is a traditional market that exists or has existed in all the major cities, not only in Spain but in France and other European cities. These markets are located in large, warehouse type buildings in key neighborhoods where inside you can find butchers, fishmongers, bakeries and a variety of other stands selling spices, canned goods and anything else edible… read more »

Green Madrid - New Bike Capital

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 31, 2014

Bike Mad Madrid BiciMad, Madrid’s electric bike sharing program has launched to something of a bumpy start, but the cool-looking cycles are now offering city residents and visitors an eco-friendly transportation option… read more »

Game of Thrones Comes to Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Calling all fellow Game of Thrones fans: care to catch a coveted sneak peek at the kingdom of Dorne? Most viewers will behold, for the first time, small screen imagery of the seventh realm sometime next year when season five of HBO’s most popular show ever finally airs. But keep in mind that some filming locations for next season have already been announced; parts of Spain’s southern province and city of Seville will serve as the southron region of the mythical continent of Westeros. All this certainly means that a journey to Seville may be in order, where you’ll get an early first-hand glimpse of Dornish esthetic appeal. … read more »

Beautiful Beaches in Spain

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 Beautiful Beaches and Cozy Coves in Spain July is the perfect month to hit the beach and cool off in the water. Join us and explore some of Spain’s lesser-known beach paradises … read more »

The Mercedes and the Discovery

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Although they sound like two cars, in reality these are something quite different. The Mercedes, really Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy) was a Spanish naval frigate transporting goods and money between the New World and Spain. In 1804, within eye shot of the coast of Spain, this ship was sunk during the battle of Cape Santa Maria… read more »

Top 10 Movie Locations in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 03, 2014

Spanish Locations Today, Spain is a country that is very popular with film director and producers. Thanks to the excellent combination of a diverse geography, excellent infrastructure and cheaper filming costs means that you have probably seen more of Spain than you may have imagined. The arrival of the international productions really began in the 50's when David Lean discovered the deserts of Almería when he shot Lawrence of Arabia. In this list, let's see if you recognize any of these Spanish locations… read more »

Ana Matute (1925-2014)

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The world has just lost a woman who knew how to capture in words that sense of shock, that childlike disbelief experienced when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a war occurring right in your front yard (like she did). Ana María Matute has died, a fundamental figure in the literature of post-civil war Spain . Just months ago she finished her latest novel… read more »

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