135 – Lockdown Walks

Rant ahead. Driven by economic necessity rather than by overcoming the crisis, many European countries have now started easing the lockdown. The need to restart the recovery is of course paramount, but what has anybody actually done to claim it’s now over? Well, fuck all, really. Every self-taught constitution expert (and football commentator on weekends) … More 135 – Lockdown Walks

131 – Beware of Greedy Leaders, They Take You Where You Should Not Go

Sixth week into lockdown and the light at the end of the tunnel nowhere to be seen. We can hardly expect any easing of the measures with several thousands of new cases a day in most countries. Which makes me curious, because we’ve really been in isolation here since six weeks (including exercising outside alone) … More 131 – Beware of Greedy Leaders, They Take You Where You Should Not Go

130 – Kacenka’s Unconventional Guide to Opera (for Curious Beginners)

I must have been 15 or thereabouts, because I was already attending high school. There’s a theatre in the provincial town where I grew up, but it doesn’t have a permanent company, therefore the programe consists of performances of companies on tour from the capital or other bigger theatres. I was of course an annoying … More 130 – Kacenka’s Unconventional Guide to Opera (for Curious Beginners)

116 – Cycling to Beat Blood Cancer 2019

This time last year I published a post about the reasons that got me involved in fundraising for Bloodwise, a UK-based charity that funds blood cancer research. 50 years ago, 90% of children diagnosed with leukemia would die. Nowadays, over 80% recover, also thanks to the ceaseless work of organizations such as Bloodwise. I realize … More 116 – Cycling to Beat Blood Cancer 2019

114 – Apostasy

Or, how I came to renounce everything I once believed. Best get it off my chest straightaway: in the EU and local elections two weeks ago (which are the only elections I can vote in, as a foreign expat resident in Madrid) the unthinkable happened: I voted to the left. I voted PSOE,  labour (or, … More 114 – Apostasy

107 – Caput Mundi – Insider’s Guide of Prague for a Sophisticated Tourist

English lads on a stag weekend, stop reading right now. However, let’s get it over with in the beginning: yes, the beer is still cheap (around £2 for a pint, if it’s expensive), and it’s also the best beer you’ll ever try: it’s not a lukewarm flat piss like real ales, it’s not as sparkling as … More 107 – Caput Mundi – Insider’s Guide of Prague for a Sophisticated Tourist

106 – Thank You

One week ago I cycled into Paris for the third time in last three years among over 200 wonderful people from Bloodwise organization. As we arrived to Champs de Mars, I sat on the stairs watching Tour Eiffel and let the tears flow freely. As every previous year. It is impossible to describe the feelings, … More 106 – Thank You