Posts Tagged: spain

The "Right to Be Forgotten"

In first sentences of Guardian articles that sound like George Saunders stories:

The top European court has backed the "right to be forgotten.”

The ruling comes in a case brought against Google Spain by a man who tried and failed to get a 1988 home auction notice removed from his personal search results. The matter, he said, “had been resolved and should no longer be linked to him,” and he told the Guardian he was “fighting for the elimination of data that adversely affects people’s honor, dignity and exposes their private lives.”

The judges said they had found that the inclusion of links in the Google results [...]


On Living Abroad

Living in a foreign country doesn't mean leaving life as you know it completely behind. Before I moved to Barcelona, though, I thought that's what a "true adventure" was. Because that's often the narrative that's splashed around travel sites and blogs (and it's a supremely tempting narrative): Ditch your life as a corporate drone! Stop consuming like an over-indulged American! Spend your days sun-bathing on the beaches of [insert-tropical-location-here]!

Of course, there are kernels of truth to these narratives. Stepping off the plane does give you a sense of infinite possibility. No one knows who you were before. You can start fresh, if a fresh start is what you need [...]


Servicio Técnico

“Hi, good morning. So, the problem is that every afternoon I have cuts. There are cuts. The internet works, and then it doesn’t, and then it does again. Every two minutes. It falls and then returns. The red light blinks. Blinks? It is like this for one hour in the afternoon, every afternoon. I called the last week and they told me if the problem was not resulted, uh, uh, resolved in 72 hours, I should call again. Also, can you please speak slowly? I obviously don’t speak Spanish well.”

“Of course, no problem. Do you speak English?”


“Okay. I speak some English, but we will talk in Spanish [...]


Six Weeks Alone on the Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Trail

Victoria Golden is a 25-year-old Chicago resident. Over the summer, she spent six weeks alone, walking the Camino de Santiago trail in Spain.

How’d you get the idea to go on this trip originally?

I think it started in high school, when I read a play where one of the characters is a peregrina (pilgrim), and she stayed with a family in Spain, the way all the pilgrims used to on the Camino. And then I went to Spain in 2006 for a school trip, and I saw a book about the Camino in a store and read that, in 2010, the Feast of St. [...]


Notes From a Cat Show in Madrid

- The show is held on the second floor of a hotel whose ambiance is basically "the kind of place you think would host a minor cat show." Admission is €4. If you get hungry, you can buy a piece of homemade empanada or cake to eat off a napkin. You can also buy cat beds, cat brushes, cat clippers, cat carriers, and cat eye-goo-removal products. The vendors have surprisingly elaborate set-ups. You might wonder if these vendors make their living this way, traveling the world working the cat-show circuit, a cottage industry for a cottage industry. You wonder if anyone has bought anything today.


Who Stole the World's Oldest Travel Guide?

A priceless 12th-century illustrated manuscript containing what has been described as Europe's first travel guide has been stolen from the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

Look up where it says "happy hours."

I'm looking.

In the back, look for "happy hour" in the back.

I'M LOOKING there isn't a back. Or glossary or whatever.


Index. There isn't an index.

Start at the beginning, maybe it's under A. What's Spanish for alcohol?


One Year Later, "Beast Jesus" Is Still Transforming Lives

Via The Week, a happy ending to last August's tale of 81-year-old Cecilia Gimenez and her spectacular amateur restoration of a 19th-century fresco—"originally named Ecce Homo (Behold the Man) but now widely known as Ecce Mono (Behold the Monkey)"—in her small church in Borja, Spain. A few details from the miniature economic boom:

40,000 Visitors who have shown up in Borja to behold Gimenez's handiwork for themselves.

5,000 Population of Borja.

$1.30 The entry fee to see the fresco. The money goes to the town's Sancti Spiritus charity.

$66,285 Amount the fees and other donations from tourists have provided to the church's charity.

60 Elderly Borja residents [...]


The Best Renditions of "American Gothic" by Spanish Teenagers

I work in a high school just outside Madrid. When I realized that my students couldn't name a single American artist, I decided to give them a crash course in the biggies. (I've never been a huge Rothko fan, but let me tell you, I started to come around in the process of explaining to a room of sullen teens why he matters. I ended up closing my eyes and grabbing at my heart a lot, and I definitely said at one point: "Being surrounded by his paintings is like reading a poem." What??? They weren't convinced.)

I ended the class with an activity in which I described paintings that [...]


Spanish Prostitutes Forced to Wear Reflective Vests

Prostitutes working near the highway in Els Alamus in the Lleida region of Catalonia have been asked to wear reflective vests over concerns for their safety. Apparently, the prostitutes are in breach of the law. But not the law you might think! Prostitution is legal in Spain. (Pimpitution, however, is not.) The women are in disobedience of a law that says "pedestrians on major highways and hard shoulders" must wear the unfortunate yellowish garments, or else pay a fine of 40 euros. Here is a photo of a few newly precautionary ladies.