“The population of Madrid, led astray, has given itself to revolt and murder. French blood has flowed. It demands vengeance. All those arrested in the uprising, arms in hand, will be shot.” French General Joachim Murat, brother-in-law of Napoleon, on May 2nd, 1808. In March of 1808, the city of Madrid began to endure occupation… Read More El 2 de Mayo: A Day for Madrid
As the weather warms up, and terrazas fill, Madrid is changing with another season. I collected a few photos of past scenes, and added few new ones…Madriz, Madriz….
Often, to work as an assistant to anything is to work under the assumption of indefinite mediocrity. Interns, trainees, newbies in general, all muddle through their jobs with the hope that someday there will be promotion, advancement or at least a more decorated CV. The young helper cannot afford to expend all that untapped intellect and potential (reminders of… Read More The Cukoo’s Nest: My Days in a Spanish Elementary School: Part 1
Most habitants of a city regularly opt for practicality, moving with herds as stoplights and signs instruct them, their heads mostly turned down, their feet gliding in all directions. But look around, and up, and there are moments of action and light that repeat themselves 24 hours a day. * * … Read More Mi Zona 4: más Madriz…
Living in a city can at the same time facilitate bouts of loneliness and the occasional feeling of utter possibility. Here are a few of my snapshots of Madrid, and as in any picture in an urban setting, each one is laden with personal meaning and also significance for countless other passersby. I never… Read More Madrizz…
As a passing retrospective of one year in Spain, I am almost obligated to make inventory of what has made the time well-spent. So the following is a synopsis of my, you read correctly, top 81 places, events, observations and impressions of my Spanish life. They are in conjunction with “My Oyster, Part 1″ and… Read More My Oyster, Part 2: A Top 81