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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 »

Kings of Spain named Felipe

by John Bascombe on Friday, June 20, 2014

Spain has just enthroned her sixth King Felipe. The following is a quick peek at the kingly lives of these six Felipes… read more »

Youth Orchestras in Spain

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Young Spanish Musicians Music is the backbone of this conglomeration of traditions, languages, geographies, and cultures that we call Spain. Spanish heritage is surprisingly rich and diverse, and the music here, in its most “classic” form, provides a special source of inspiration for many Spaniards. Spain has 45 symphonic and/or philharmonic orchestras, but we’ll be taking a quick peek at Spanish youth orchestras… read more »

Watching Soccer in Spanish

by John Bascombe on Thursday, June 12, 2014

After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal , an interesting dilemma has come forth for the North American viewer of the World Cup. Is it a better soccer experience watching the game with commentary in a language you may (or may not) know better than English?… read more »

Multilingual American Presidents

by John Bascombe on Thursday, June 05, 2014

Americans get a bad rap for not being able to speak a language other than English and that includes their global representative and leader—POTUS or The President of the United States. While heads of state from other countries can give speeches or press conferences in another language (English, more frequently than not) we always see American presidents with an interpreter in tow or just plain speaking in English like to a crowd of Germans at the Brandenburg Gate. Is this image representative of the American capacity to speak another language?… read more »

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