Madrid’s most famous clock… and Spain’s

By | 18 November, 2018 | 0 comments

Last year, on October 28th, clocks changed to winter time. This past summer there was a long debate regarding the possibility of abolishing the time adjustments in 2019, but the truth is that this matter seems to have been forgotten now. On October 28th an extra hour was added, winter started, and everything went back to normal.

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On that same day, news programmes announced that the official decision of not changing the time, because the amount of energy saved still had low impact, would be postponed. As far as Spain is concerned, the debate in society and in different economic activities, is on the cards.

In Madrid, the most famous clock of the city, the one from Puerta del Sol, is looked sideways because this clock had to accept the decision that was made in the 70s and now this might be changed again.

This clock that every year celebrates with us with twelve wishes in the shape of grapes and chimes, has already turned 150, which is usually forgotten, and it is all thanks to a Leonese pastor that would soon become an internationally famous clockmaker during his training in London.

Rumour has it that before being placed where it is today, the clock was where Apple is now and that before that, it was located on a former church and after that in a hotel. But the clock didn’t work very well, so Madrilenians complained, laughed and couldn’t trust it. When the clock was placed on top of the building of “Gobernación”, which is now the Community of Madrid, every clock face showed a different time.

The clockmaker Losada, saw the clock during a trip to Madrid and decided to build all the mechanisms and machinery with his own hands to donate it to the city.

Categories: Madrid Turismo, Sin categoría

What I Talk About When I Talk About Running

By | 22 October, 2018 | 0 comments

MENDUOS CORAZONES

 

“What I Talk About When I Talk About Running” is a book published by the great Japanese writer Haruki Murakami in 2007. This book is unlike anything else he has written. There are no tormented characters or magical elements; nothing but the author’s own experiences running a marathon or doing a triathlon.

There are pages and pages about his thoughts while he runs and his thirst for betterment. A lot of today’s runners may well be able to relate one way or another.

And the truth is that running has a lot to do with physical exercise and training, but it has just as much to do with exercising the mind and heart. It was exactly that which inspired one of the first charity runs to take place in Madrid this autumn: a race for Menudos Corazones (Big Little Hearts) on 23 September.

This non-profit organisation supports families of children with congenital heart conditions and has been organising a multitudinous race for this charitable cause for several years now.

A red tidal wave of roughly 4,000 people gathered at the Juan Carlos I park to run for the hearts of boys and girls who cannot run for themselves. There were racers of all ages: young and old, and entire families.

Meanwhile, on that same weekend, the neighbouring town of Majadahonda was hosting the Equinoccio – Puerta de Hierro Hospital charity race, raising funds to support the Puerta de Hierro Foundation’s research into coronary diseases.

Few things are more uniting than a good cause, and running for one makes us feel more human, more aware of what goes on around us, closer and somehow more involved in society by each doing our bit.

The next race already written in the calendar for 7 October is the #InclusionChallenge, the 8th Race for Down Madrid.

(Picture taken from the Menudos Corazones website)

Categories: Madrid Eventos, Sin categoría

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.

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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.

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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.

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