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Arriving in Madrid: Big Brother, Business and Bank Holidays

Rosie Snowball | Posted 07.06.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Rosie Snowball

The Spanish are overwhelmingly friendly, living up to their positive stereotype. On my first day at work I was introduced to a thousand people, who all looked genuinely content at the prospect of working with a hindrance of a foreign intern.

Notes From a Housesit: Barcelona, Part Two

Roberta Verdant | Posted 01.06.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

Last week, I fell in love with Barcelona. Some cities just make beautiful sense. Barcelona is one of them. Long, straight Roman roads to follow, squares thronged by palm trees. Great architecture, café culture, the beach.

Elderly British Expat Couple Found Dead In Xalo, Spain

PA | Posted 31.03.2015 | UK

A British expat couple have been found shot dead on a sofa in their villa in a “sleepy” Spanish village. Expats Peter and Jean Tarsey, both 77...

Notes From a Housesit: Barcelona

Roberta Verdant | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Roberta Verdant

I didn't know Barcelona before I came. In total I have nine days here. I picked people's brains for Barcelona recommendations before I arrived; it's such a much-loved city. Still, though, one of my housesitting pleasures is moving to my own rhythms.

Spain's Podemos Just Latest Victim of Toxic Venezuela Monster!

Asa Cusack | Posted 24.05.2015 | UK Politics
Asa Cusack

Spain's traditional parties aim to halt the remarkable rise of Podemos by painting links to Venezuela as foreign intervention. Like many Podemos policies this is an import from Latin America. The good news is that it makes no sense. The bad news is nobody cares.

The Ultimate Foodie Weekend In Barcelona, Spain

Chloe Gunning | Posted 19.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

The history and culture of a place is best told through its cuisine. So, what better way to get to know Barcelona inside and out, than with a long weekend of food-based adventures? From Willy Wonka style treats, to a neighbourhood tour with a difference, to the most exciting, theatrical meal of my life... these are my top tips to satisfy your inner foodie!

Hottest Hotels, Attractions And Theme Parks Launching In 2015

Roshina Jowaheer | Posted 20.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle

Holidays in 2015 are set to get bigger and better with the opening of futuristic theme parks, beautiful hotels and exciting new cultural zones hitting...

Planet Appetite: Madrid Fusion International Gastronomy Summit 2015, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 11.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

We've all heard of those grand Chinese banquets with innumerable courses including delicacies like sea slugs and bird's nests, but at Madrid Fusion this year I caught a glimpse of the future. Goods from China dominate our shops but my suspicion is that Chinese food is going to take over our restaurant menus - and I don't mean chop suey and egg fried rice.

Disfrutar, Barcelona - An Evening of Magic and Theatre From Former elBulli Michelin-Starred Chefs

Chloe Gunning | Posted 01.05.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

There was plenty of magic in the process of receiving and tasting each course. However, this was just the first stage. It was heightened further by watching others receive their food, and gauging their delight and surprise.

The A-Z of Spanish Culture: Beyond Toros and Flamenco by Pilar Orti, a Review

Matthew Hirtes | Posted 28.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Matthew Hirtes

Considering myself to be a reasonably well-read connoisseur of Spanish literature, I looked forward to "Q is for Quixote: Great classic writers." With good reason, as it turned out. Yet I discovered that I didn't know quite as much about Spain's literary world as I thought with Orti introducing me to some authors I'd never heard of.

Planet Appetite: Walking Festival in Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain

Rupert Parker | Posted 17.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Rupert Parker

Tenerife is the Canary Island famous for its sandy beaches and year round sunshine, but its Walking Festival is a good introduction to over 1500 km of hiking trials and there's plenty of luxury accommodation to salve your weary limbs and make your stay a comfortable one.

What's the Best Travel Advice You Can Give Yourself?

Chloe Gunning | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

Throughout these journeys I have developed my own travel style. I know what I like and what I don't. I know the best ways to get what I want out of a trip. However, my attitude is very different compared to the way I approached travel ten years ago. So, how interesting would it be to go back in time and give my younger self some travel advice?

Why European Men Make Great Boyfriends

Katy Horwood | Posted 07.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Katy Horwood

All is not lost however, despite English men being in short supply, mercifully, with London being the diverse mixing pot that it is, there is a welcome supply of Europeans relocating to the capital. Great for our economy, and more importantly, great for my sex life.

A Guide to the Perfect 24 Hours in Madrid

Chloe Gunning | Posted 06.04.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Chloe Gunning

I felt a chill just from looking out of the plane window of as I travelled to Madrid. January is officially low season across Spain. A country that I have always thought of as being warm and drenched in sunshine, was looking more like the Scottish highlands!

Is Xavier Mascaró the Spanish Henry Moore?

Lorenzo Belenguer | Posted 04.04.2015 | UK
Lorenzo Belenguer

Expressing the underlying tensions of human life - opulence versus asceticism, pleasure versus fear - in which the presence of the figure could be considered a mere accident. Rather than individual sentiments; the whole of society is packed in each work.

This Spanish Party Could Shake The Whole Of Europe

The Huffington Post UK/AP | Jessica Elgot | Posted 31.01.2015 | UK

A wave of anti-austerity fervour continues to sweep through southern Europe, as tens of thousands of people marched through Madrid on Saturday in a sh...

10 Dead As Greek Jet Crashes Into Spanish Base

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK

A Greek F-16 fighter jet crashed into other aircraft on the ground during NATO training in southeastern Spain Monday, killing at least 10 people, Spai...

Archaeologists Close To Locating Remains Of 'Don Quixote' Author

AP | Posted 24.01.2015 | UK

Experts searching for the remains of Miguel de Cervantes hope they are entering the final phase of their nine-month quest to solve the mystery of wher...

All Bark No Bite: Why 'Instagram Inspiration' Needs Action

Josh Marshall | Posted 16.03.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Josh Marshall

"Start before you're ready" ... What does it mean? It means to "whisper #YOLO to the wind" and delve into something before all your cards are dealt, because, let's face it - so many of us wait for the right moment and that moment never comes.

Why Tourists and Technology Aren't Always the Perfect Harmony

Jessica Pitocchi | Posted 07.03.2015 | UK Tech
Jessica Pitocchi

I closed my eyes and spent a moment trying to just listen to the soothing sound of the choir and block out all the clicking and flashing, but it was genuinely difficult and it made me quite sad.

Spanish Student Faces Prosecution After He Pretended To Be A Spy, Gatecrashed King's Coronation

Huffington Post UK | Keumars Afifi-Sabet | Posted 02.12.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A 20-year-old Madrid law student faces prosecution after he infiltrated a host of Spain's most exclusive events, including King Felipe VI’s coronati...

Jessica Elgot

'I Am Quite Clear That People Have Lost Trust In Us' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

At first glance, the office of the European Parliament's president is a eurosceptic's stereotype, the top of the 15-story building, with sweep...

The Cultural Poison of Europe's Immigration Policies

Alexandra Politaki | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK Politics
Alexandra Politaki

In the name of defending its prosperity, Europe is encouraging a historic decline of the humanitarian principles and values on which much of European culture has been constructed during the last three centuries. Not only is the welfare state in retreat, but a hostile attitude towards vulnerable social groups is becoming prevalent. An outlook is gradually spreading of considering vulnerable people to be unacceptable, particularly when they come from abroad. The cultural implications for Europe, which long ago stopped being the leading producer of culture in the world and has been living in the shadow of the USA, are incalculable.

How to Be Happy - A Simple Formula!

David Hurst | Posted 21.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
David Hurst

We all know that seeing a friend has this positive effect, but sometimes we repeatedly push it away in pursuit of happiness by other means. But in the pursuit of "achieving" this other happiness, we usually neglect what we know does make us happy: spending time with friends.

Podemos: A Youthful Warning

Asher Kessler | Posted 19.01.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Asher Kessler

Podemos should serve as a warning to the British political class. If you kick us too hard, we could just kick you back.