Do you fancy a bowl of cereal and milk?

By | 15 September, 2018 | 0 comments

After plenty of beer with a tapa of patatas bravas, pork ear or fried-squid sandwich, Mahou has come across unexpected competition. Funnily enough, it’s not another beer but rather milk. Cereal and milk. What we used to have every day for breakfast when we were children has now become a trend, filling the streets of Madrid with colour and shapes for some time now.

This trend, which comes from the United Kingdom, has had a strong presence in Madrid since the end of 2016 and it is in full force today. It still doesn’t have the popularity of brunch, which has also been a big thing in the past few years, but it is an alternative to coffee and beer.cereal-1444495_1280

Why not have a bowl of cereal with milk if it’s what you fancy? And, above all, why not do it in these places which are brimming with rave reviews? Once you go in, you will want to take photos of everything. The boxes which are exhibited make up a mosaic which is reminiscent of infant school afternoons and endless Saturday mornings at home.

Also, they’ve not stopped in the Spanish capital but rather also travelled to other Spanish cities. For now, though, here is a list of the most popular ones in Madrid:

Cereal Hunters: The first ones to arrive and now the owners of many establishments, both in the city centre and on the outskirts of Madrid, in places such as Pozuelo de Alarcón and Alcalá de Henares. Its flagship shop is in Malasaña, of course, and they have a couple more in Gran Vía and Sol.

Cereal Lovers: They also arrived in 2016 and landed directly in the Antón Martín market, in Lavapiés, offering delicious milkshakes and over 150 varieties of cereal, both from Spain and abroad.

Cereal House: This place is located in Moncloa and it takes the notion of Saturday mornings to the extreme, since they open at 6 a.m. and offer bowls of cereal for those who are starting the day or coming back from a night out.

Cereal Talent and its Talent Bol (bowl) are located in the centre of Madrid, in the Ópera district, in a cosy and youthful atmosphere with many different cereal varieties on the menu.

These four are the most popular ones but you will probably come across a few others during your walks around the streets of Madrid, since this type of place has enjoyed increasing success among young people and those who aren’t so young anymore.

 

Also, most of them have a menu with different types of plant, lactose-free and vegan milk. Coeliacs can also enjoy this trend since these places also have gluten-free cereal, something which was never an option many years ago.

So, since it’s autumn, why not meet up with friends and have a bowl of cereal? This and a nice chat make for the perfect afternoon.

Categories: Madrid Diversión

Madridians, the biggest holiday spenders

By | 7 August, 2018 | 0 comments

The blinds are down. Everything is still. Barely any traffic in the morning. Plenty of places to park. Baseball caps and cold bottles of water line up Calle Preciados. Air conditioning emanates from shops like if the North Pole was inside. Welcome to Madrid during the holidays.

Travellers have plenty to see during their stay in Madrid and they make the most of the month of August to do so, since it is easier to discover all the secrets that the city holds which remain hidden with the regular hustle and bustle of working days.

Some locals stay in the city because they prefer to travel in September – it’s been a while since some are trying to remove August’s status of ‘holiday month par excellence’ – but those who do barely make a noise after the 15th, something which shows that, as always, the country has come to a standstill because “it’s August”.

So, where do locals go? Well, many of them go to the nearest golden beach, which is on the coast of Alicante, but others choose Andalusia, to destinations such as Puerto de Santa María in Cádiz or Estepona and Marbella in Málaga, all of which places of great beauty.

Madridians, or madrileños as they are called, also go to their original towns in the north of Spain, since many of them have their family roots far from the Spanish capital.

What is clear is that people from Madrid spend the most on their holidays and pay little regard to what they spend. According to a study carried out by an alarm company, Madrid leads the holiday spending with an average of 1,290 euros per person.

beach-84533_1280

After Madrid comes Barcelona, of course, with 1,185 euros pp., followed by Asturias in third with 1,180 euros pp. Residents of the south-western Spanish region of Extremadura are those who spend the least: 500 euros pp., probably due to their geographical proximity to the Andalusian beaches and Portugal, which require a much shorter journey than if you are coming from the heart of the Iberian Peninsula.

Categories: Sin categoría

Auschwitz in Madrid until October 7

By | 13 July, 2018 | 0 comments

There are some horrors in our recent history which are simply inexplicable and raise the question of how mankind can be so despicable, cruel, evil and crazy, and how craziness and terrible ideas invaded the feelings of many people. One of those historical chapters was the Second World War and its concentration camps, where the Nazis tortured and murdered millions of Jews.

It is horrific to try and come to terms with the fact that it has not even been 80 years since all those barbaric acts were carried out and, somehow, in order for this not to be forgotten and for mankind not make the same mistakes again (because we are the only animal which trips not once, not twice but three times over the same stone), this sad moment in history has been the backstory for many movies and novels.

Schindler’s List, Life is Beautiful, The Great Escape and books such as The Diary of Anne Frank or The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas are examples of narratives which remind us not to make the same mistakes again and to learn from them.

In Madrid, there is currently an exhibition on Auschwitz which shows a recreation of this concentration camp where 1.1 million people were tortured and murdered. The exhibition’s inauguration was back in December 2017 and its closing date was planned for June 16, 2018, although it has now been extended to October 7, 2018 in order to continue to reach and make an impression on its visitors through its over 600 items exhibited throughout close to 27,000 ft2 of space so that they can learn about the horrors.

Auschwitz. Not long ago. Not far away is the name of the exhibition held at Centro de Exposiciones Arte Canal in Madrid, organised by Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum. It has averaged 1,750 visitors per day and it will continue to welcome more until October 7, because this happened not long ago and not far away, and we hope that it never happens again.

Categories: Sin categoría

Madrid conquers the Blue Flag

By | 3 July, 2018 | 0 comments

July is a historical month for the city of Madrid as it has finally earned a Blue Flag for a beach at the San Juan reservoir, located in the municipality of San Martín de Valdeiglesias. Although the awarding of the flag was notified a few weeks ago, the flag is now waving under the proud gaze of those who made it possible.

Madrid will also enter the history books for having this high-quality beach without having any sea outlet. Virgen La Nueva Beach, even if it does not have an infinite horizon, has nothing to envy from any unspoilt beach anywhere else in the country.

The quality of its waters, its cleanliness, safety and environmental friendliness are just some of the criteria that those who award this international distinction have taken into account, a distinction which is also present at famous beaches such as La Malvarrosa in Valencia or San Miguel in Cabo de Gata. Now, it also flies in the region of Madrid.

Last summer, two people drowned on this beach and the objective for this summer is that this figure goes down to zero. For this, the reservoir now has a Red Cross team who will monitor the beach as well as a Summa medical team who will be there on weekends.

On the other hand, environmental regulations have become stricter in order to avoid there being a negative impact caused by the number people who visit it, which according to authorities can reach up to 3,000 on weekends. Furthermore, some sort of transport plan is being drafted in order to avoid the mass arrival of vehicles.

In any case, the regulations are nothing new. It is more to do with civility so that everyone can contribute to the preservation of a natural area which means that Madrid can (finally!) have a beach and a summer of sun and sand and less asphalt.

Categories: Madrid Turismo

Madrid, Madrid, Madrid…

By | 18 June, 2018 | 0 comments

This was the first line of one of Madrid’s most famous chotis which you can still dance to in the park of Pradera de San Isidro. In this park you can find fans of this traditional dance who continue to do everything they can so that this tradition is not forgotten and can be passed on from generation to generation. It is worth mentioning that this year they even debated about the importance of the existence of more dance schools which taught the chotis..madrid-385104_960_720

Matter of fact, Madrid, with its streets, chotis and cultural, gastronomic, leisure and business options comes in at #23  on the list of the cities with the best lifestyle in the world. The world is a large and varied place and it is an honour and a privilege for Madrid to appear on this list.

This Top 25 list was created by the German bank Deutsche Bank, taking into consideration aspects such as climate, average wage, housing prices, healthcare and commuting times.

It is a consolation to think that rent prices, despite having gone up by 24% this past year, are still higher in other cities on this list, with Hong Kong’s 3,230 euros dwarfing Madrid’s 993 euros. Another consolation is that, according to this report, wages in Madrid have gone up by 10% in the last year and cinema prices have gone down by 2%.

The city at the top of this list, a position which is sought after by many, is Wellington, in New Zealand, staying at #1 after reaching this same position last year. After Wellington, the top positions are occupied by cities such as Zürich, Copenhagen, Edinburgh and Vienna.

Madrid is at #23, so it can hardly be said that everything is perfect. There are plenty of things to do and improve on and a lot of chotis left to dance, on the Pradera and outside of it.

 

Categories: Sin categoría

Next page»