Today marks 212 years since Madrid’s uprising against Napoleonic occupation and under normal circumstances there would be a big party in Malasaña, the part of town where I live, and where the rebellion started in 1808. Festivities were cancelled this year, but today remains special nonetheless, as we were finally released, if cautiously, from our … More 132 – Dos de Mayo / Almost Free
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)
Today marks the fourteenth day of almost total curfew in Madrid. So how bad is it? Actually, not that bad at all. Sure, it would have been better if my small flat had a terrace or at least direct sunlight, but you can’t always get what you want. However, I must admit I have never … More 129 – How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live?