martes, 27 de noviembre de 2018

'Echegaray goes to Tokyo' Street with a touch of Antón Martín Market

What a great walk!

We first started on Echegaray Street. That is the street behind the Teatro Español. Echegaray, was the very first Spanish Nobel Prize and the street that bears his name has been an artist hang out for a very long time, it has also been a refuge for all kinds of night creatures, including some of the greatest flamenco musicians of all time. But time isn't the question, it's the answer, we're running short of time, we need to get moving.

Echegaray Street used to be called 'Lobo' Street or 'Wolf Street', but nowadays it could be easily called Tokyo Street because it has the highest concentration of Japanese Restaurants you will find in Madrid. Don Zoko is the oldest, Munarai if you're up for some sushi, follow with some Ramen in Chuka, comparisons are odious, but almost inevitable when you have another Ramen bar, Ichikoro right next to it. No time for taking sides, just, try both! But don't fill up, you still have to stop at Balón Tokyo for some Takoyaki or Gyozas, that's tapas Japanese style before...

While we were marvelling at the high density of Japanese restaurants in this street we walked past Cardamomo, in the words of Norma, the best flamenco place in Madrid. We were lucky to be with her, because she invited us to go in. And we did, and we went into a flamenco dream were we met with the souls of Camaron, Morente, Paco de Lucía, but also of current performers like Iván Losada, Antonio “El Ciervo” and Paloma Fantovas and were woken up when we returned back to the street by daylight, delivery trucks and people who look like pedestrians. It's us. We're now really on our way to Antón Martín.

We need to get to Antón Martín Market before lunch time and it's starting to get late. In Antón Martín we still continue on our quest to know the names of every single vegetable both in English and in Spanish. On our way we stop at one of the most charismatic fruit shops in the market. Frutas J. Corral. José is a live long heavy metal fan, you will easily recognise for his long hair and beard. Not only he will get you the best fruits in season, but you can get updated on the latest news about Dream Theater, Metallica, Iron Maiden, or Rosendo, while loading up for your fruits and veggies for the week. Wait a minute. You don't know who is Rosendo? Please do your homework.

His colleague is also pretty cool, he unravels some of the secrets of the white carrot AKA parsnip, he tells us all the ways in which we can prepare Celery Root , in salads, in soups, even with a touch of cooked corn somewhere and Beetroot, not only in your salads, but also in your juice, our heads are spinning, possibilities are endless.

Bu they're not alone in the market, there's much more, la Ecotienda on the corner has vegan chocolate and great looking pumpkins and pears, and we have so little time, that we don't have any more left. It's time to go. Not even a tapa?! What's happening?! C'mon!!!

Let us share some of our findings:

Isabel and Norma gathering the data.

It's time to slowly scroll down and see if you can name them...
avocado or aguacate
bay leaves or laurel
beetroot or remolacha
cherries or cerezas
chestnuts or castañas
custard apple or chirimoya
endives or endivias
fennel or hinojo
kale or berza
red cabbage or lombarda
Do I really need to say this one?

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jueves, 22 de noviembre de 2018

Traditional Markets of Madrid - Antón Martín

Antón Martín Market (officially named Mercado Municipal de Antón Martín) is a food market located in the center of Madrid.

Within the trend of gourmet markets, Antón Martín's (Calle Santa Isabel, 5) is another world. Or, rather, it's a whole world. The sale of fresh products in the stalls of all life coexists with multicultural food (Japanese, Italian, Mexican, Colombian, Taiwanese, Spanish ...) and flamenco taconeo that arrives from the top floor, where is the dance school 'Amor de Dios' (Love of God).

Opened in 1941, Antón Martín Market, located in the Embajadores neighborhood, next to Cine Doré, home of the Spanish Film Library, has more than 80 stores, including indoor stalls and outdoor stores, you can find all kinds of food (meats, fish, fruits and vegetables, bread, cakes ...) as well as a wide range of non-food products and a dance school.

It emphasizes its extraordinary and varied gastronomic offer and food to take away.The third floor has been rented since 2002, to the prestigious dance school "Amor de Dios", dedicated to the teaching of Spanish dance.

As the director of the school told us, both flamenco and the market are united by their relationship with the Spanish tradition: art and fruits of the earth

miércoles, 21 de noviembre de 2018

Traditional Markets in Madrid - Mercado de Chamartín

It was inaugurated in 1962. At first it belonged to a single man who was known by the name of the bird, with this nickname he owned the entire market.

In the 80s it became the property of the town hall, passing the ownership of the posts to the tenants, paying a fixed rent every month to sell their products in the Chamartín market.

At present, this market operates with a regime of community of owners, in which each position has its own owner. Paying the expenses of a community for the use of common services therefore the posts are the positions are owned by each vendor during the duration of the town hall session to use the market under this regime.

In my opinion, while this is the formula to enjoy a position in the market of Chamartín, it will never disappear as such a traditional market.

It is equally interesting to comment for this project that this market has since its creation with two bars that have fed throughout its history to all workers in the neighborhood.

lunes, 22 de octubre de 2018

Book Exchange Places in Madrid (Intercambio de libros en Madrid)

How many books are just taking space in your library? Not only you don’t read them but you have no intention of reading them at all. Even worse, among those, how many of them are great books? Holding them prisioner is a true crime against humanity. It's time to set them free. 

Here are some book exchange places in the neighborhoods of Chueca, Chamberí, Barrio de las Letras and Lavapies, where you can Leave a book, Take a book: 

Mad Hostel: Calle Cabeza, 24  (Si vas con un libro y preguntas en recepción puedes pasar a ver lo que tienen disponible para intercambio) Biblioteca Instituto Cervantes: Calle Barquillo, 6 (Solo tienen un mueblecito en el que hacen book crossing, algo es algo) Tuuuuulibrería: Calle Covarrubias, 38 (Sitio curioso es de compra venta y tu pones el precio) Tikbooks: Calle Goiri, 33 (Metro Estrecho, Compra-venta libros usados)  Esta es una plaza: Calle Doctor Fourquet, 24 (Jardín urbano gestionado por vecinos) Mercado de  Medialab Prado: Calle de la Alameda, 15 (Tenían intención de habilitar una zona para intercambio de libros, no sé si llegó a hacer) La Ingobernable: Calle Gobernador, 39 (Centro autogestionado con libros muy interesantes para intercambio, en peligro con el cambio de gobierno. Puede haber más centros autogestionados en Madrid en los que encontrar buenos intercambios de libros) Bar Generación Beat: Calle Grafal, 2 (Bar con una zona para intercambio de libros) Tintorería Pressto+Plus: C/Santa Isabel, 6. (Sí, es una tintorería, pero tiene varias estanterías para intercambio de libros en un espacio muy bien cuidado. Solo tienes que decir que vas a intercambiar un libro y seguro que encuentras algo interesante).

jueves, 13 de septiembre de 2018

El 64% de los españoles decide estudiar inglés en Septiembre

El 64% de los españoles decide estudiar inglés en septiembre

El final del verano es la época de los nuevos propósitos. Es entonces cuando las personas deciden apuntarse al gimnasio o comenzar a comer de manera más saludable. Pero por encima de todas esas metas destaca la de apuntarse a clases de inglés. No importa la edad, septiembre es el mes en el que la mayoría de los españoles toman la decisión de mejorar su nivel o iniciarse en el idioma que 360 millones de personas tienen como lengua materna y más de 500 millones hablan en el mundo como se ...

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Aprender inglés para trabajar
Según un reciente estudio de ABA English, más de la mitad de los españoles se apunta a clases de inglés después del verano. Los motivos son de lo más variados, desde la necesidad de aprender el idioma para comunicarse con miembros de su familia o nuevos amigos, a ponerse esta meta como forma de crecimiento personal. Pero una de las razones de más peso es la de encontrar empleo o mejorar la situación laboral en la que se encuentran. La generación millenial, nacida entre los años 80 y 2.000, pone de manifiesto en esta estadística que el 64% de ellos ha perdido ofertas de trabajo por no tener el nivel de inglés adecuado.
Además de para trabajar, los españoles quieren aprender inglés para viajar. En los últimos años y, gracias a la posibilidad de realizar viajes low cost, se ha experimentado una tendencia hacia el turismo fuera del país. Ahora es muy común conocer lugares como Tailandia o China. Por eso, poder expresarse en el idioma que más personas tienen como segunda lengua en casi cualquier parte del mundo es muy útil a la hora de viajar. No solo permite a quien lo habla conocer mejor las costumbres y las tradiciones locales, sino que proporciona seguridad a la hora de afrontar situaciones problemáticas, como la pérdida del equipaje en un aeropuerto o sufrir algún accidente que necesite asistencia médica.
El éxito de los nuevos métodos de aprendizaje
En la actualidad la enseñanza ha sufrido un gran cambio gracias a las nuevas tecnologías y formas de vida. Nadie se comunica como antes ni se aprende de la misma manera. Ya no es necesario sentarse en una mesa durante una hora y repetir una y otra vez palabras y estructuras gramaticales. Por eso ha surgido un nuevo movimiento en la enseñanza de idiomas que apuesta por un enfoque más práctico y distendido, que sitúa el centro las necesidades de cada alumno en lugar de métodos estandarizados y que apuesta más por los proyectos que por los exámenes.

domingo, 26 de agosto de 2018

Goodbye Stan (Brody meets Stan in Mallrats) 
You, uh, looking at that couple inside ? 

Actually, I was just looking at this little pink number over here. 

Oh, yeah, that's kinda nice. 

They look happy, don't they ? What, the bras ? 

No, the couple. They look happy. 

I guess, as far as couples go. 

You know, it reminds me of an issue of spiderman I did. 

When peter parker and gwen stacy went lingerie shopping. 

Of course, the green goblin showed up and pumpkin-bombed the hell 
out of the place. 

But aside from that, it's pretty much the same thing. 

Oh, my god ! 

Holy shit ! 

Aren't you-- oh. Stan lee. Hi. 
The fantastic four. Reed richards. Can his whole body stretch ? 

Every part, like his-- 

[ Chuckles ] I know what you mean. 

We never really tackled stuff like that in the old days. 

I mean, what with the comic book code and all. 

I can't believe I'm standing here talking to you. You're 
responsible for the greats. 

Let's do the list. Spiderman ? Guilty. 

The incredible hulk ? 'Fraid so. 

Oh, man, this is so cool. The x-men ? Now that you mention it. 

Shit, man, you are a god ! 

Hey, look at that couple. Boy, they sure seem to be in love, huh ? 

What's with that ? That's the second time you've commented on 
couples in love. 

I like that sort of thing. Tell me, do you have a girlfriend, 
brodie ? 

Had one. We just broke up. 

The thing ! Is his dork made of orange rock like the rest of his 
body ? 

[ Chuckles ] it's a superhero's secret. Tell me, brodie. 

Why did you and your girlfriend break up ? She was a pain in the 

She wanted me to be this typical boyfriend guy. 

Said I was too into my own world of comics and all. Yeah, I can 

There was a time when it was all about comics for me. 

I had a girl, probably the same as yours. 

She always complained that I spent too much time with my own 

And, eventually, we broke up. 

See ? What did she know ? Here you are now, a legend in the field. 

Probably had a slew of women since her. Am I right ? Oh, lots of 

Jagger and me, we had a running contest to see who had the most. 

Matter of fact, last time I looked, I was way ahead. 

Damn, that's hot ! But I never forgot that girl. 

Did you ever get back together ? One day, I found out she got 

I had blown it. I had, uh... Missed my window. 

No way. Well, what'd you do ? 

I went on with my life. 

I created some special new superheroes. 

They were characters that reflected my own heartbreak and my own 

How so ? Doctor doom wears body armor... 

To conceal his own mangled form, right ? Yeah. 

Okay. That was me beneath the armor. 

The hulk-- a normal guy one minute, a rage of emotions the next. 

Just like me when I thought about what I'd given up. 

So you created each character as a way to deal with your one big 

Yeah. The girl that got away. 

Look, do yourself a favor, brodie. 

Don't wait. Because all the money, all the women, 

[ Chuckles ] even all the comic books in the world, 

They can't substitute for that one person. 

I don't know. All the comics in the world ? Trust me, true 

Well, good talking to you. Keep up all the good work. 

You keep reading 'em, I'll keep writing 'em. 

- Hey, stan. - Yeah ? 

- She really meant 

I'd give it all up, all of it, 

For just one more day with her. 

Take care. 

Stan. Hi. 

I think he bought it. What kind of story'd you give him ? 

Oh, it was the vulture's soliloquy, you know, from the spiderman 
anniversary issue. 

"Love be a vulture tonight." 

[ Laughs ] 

I can't thank you enough. Oh, forget it. 

But, you know, I think you ought to get him some help. 

He seems to be really hung up on superhero sex organs. 

But he'll outgrow it. Okay.

- Oh, Mr Lee. 

- "Excelsior"

- You got that right.

miércoles, 1 de agosto de 2018

Book Exchange in Barrio de las Letras

We have a book exchange coming up next Thursday 6th of September.

Check out the details in meetup and feel free to join us.

Some of the books available for exchange:

in English...
1984: George Orwell
An Autobiography: Jawaharlal Nehru
The undoing project: Michael Lewis
Ali and Nino: Kurban Said

In Spanish...
Cisnes Salvajes: Jung Chang
Rayuela: Julio Cortazar

For any further info contact us at

martes, 5 de junio de 2018

Huertas Walk of Fame

1. José de Espronceda

"Con 10 cañones por banda, viento en popa a toda vela, no corta el mar, sino vuela, un velero bergantín..."

Translation into English by Angeles and Bruce

"With ten cannons on each side and the wind astern full sail, a brigantine ship, it doesn't cut through the water, but flies..."

4. Nicolas Fernández de Moratín

Fiesta de Toros en Madrid
Madrid, castillo famoso, que al rey moro alivia el miedo, arde en fiestas en su coso por ser el natal dichoso de Alimenón de Toledo.

Translation by Rafa and Seth

Bullfight in Madrid
Madrid, famous fortress, that takes away the fear of the Moorish King, enjoying parties in her bullring, for it's the birthday of "Alimenón de Toledo".

9. José de Echegaray

Discurso de ingreso en la Real Academia Española
¡La belleza! Lo que es no lo sabemos ahora con certidumbre matemática; quizá no lo sepamos nunca; pero que la belleza es algo, que existe, y que, así como la ola que llega a la playa rompe en espuma...

Translation by Roque and Anto

Membership Acceptance Speech at the Royal Spanish Academy
Beauty! What it is we don't yet know with mathematical certainty, and perhaps we may never know! But what we do know is that beauty exists, that it can be appreciated and is all around us, from living nature as much as the breaking waves at the beach...

miércoles, 23 de mayo de 2018

Cervantes and Lope

Miguel de Cervantes led a busy life. He lived in Spain and Italy, moving frequently, and was kept captive in Algiers during 5 years. He also fought in several battles, and in the Battle of Lepanto he lost the use of his left arm and was nicknamed "The Cripple of Lepanto". Cervantes also wrote during most of his adult life, and his greatest work is El Quixote, the adventure novel about the crazy Spanish knight. However, Cervantes also wrote many other stories, poems and even plays.

Cervantes married Catalina de Salazar y Palacios in 1584, and the couple remained married until Cervantes's death. Though they never had any children, Cervantes had an affair with actress Ana Franca de Rojas, with whom he had a daughter, Isabel de Saavedra in 1584.

Lope was a poet, a sailor on the Spanish Armada (using poems to a faithless lover to clean his gun) and an Inquisitor; he had long-lasting affairs with two actresses, married twice and became a father at least six times. He was secretary to two dukes, killed a man, served a prison sentence, lived in the country and in the town, was an avid gardener and was exiled from Madrid for fouling his ex-lover's name. He became a priest, lived bigamously with two women in two homes, was widowed and brought up four children by different mothers on his own. And he wrote plays - as many, it is believed, as 800. He showed no interest in publishing them until he had to in order to stop a stream of corrupt versions springing up, by which time he had written 132. They played for a week and were dumped, and his fanatical audience were kept engaged for 60 years.


lunes, 5 de marzo de 2018

Country Cards Project with Enfants de Dieu "Rwanda"

How I got interested

Both summers I’ve been in EDD (Enfants de Dieu, an organization which helps Street Kids in Rwanda) I saw this common pattern of how kids were obsessed about going to the US. It’s a great goal, but it’s a bit limiting. The world is changing, Africa is changing, and there are many countries where there are wonderful things happening. Many of them are much closer home, that’s why it is very important to widen our scope and our minds.

We always want to learn more, but we need to start with ourselves, with our community, our city and our country. When you know yourself better, when you are proud of yourself and the people you care about. You are prepared to engage with the rest of the world in a much more meaningful way and start building relationships, not in unfairly, but equal terms.

We never see all the engineers, doctors or many of the common hardworking people when it comes to portray Africa, specially sub-saharan Africa in the media.

The truth is that today Africa is a place of hope. It is the youngest continent, the one which is growing, and will grow the most in the near future and the one were probably there will be the greatest amount of opportunities.

Besides there have been great African leaders not only in sports (Abebe Bikila, first Olympic medal running a marathon with no shoes), but also in astronomy (Thede Medupe, an astrophysicist who created Astronomy Africa), Medicine (Akilu Lemma, discovered how to prevent bilharzia, after malaria one of the most dangerous diseases in tropical countries)  environment (Wangari Maathai, who protected millions of acres of forest, inspired rural women to plant trees and reversed a catastrophic trend of deforestation) and politics (Nelson Mandela, took a giant step in combating racism and empowered millions of South Africans of all races to vote in the first fully democratic elections in South Africa in 1994) which people all around the world still look up to.

As I started sharing these facts with with the kids in my last visit to Rwanda. They taught me a lot through their questions and their reactions to the different topics I presented to them. I wanted to find out more, they pushed me to learn more.

Today it’s not me presenting country cards to them, but them to me. Can't wait to learn more things about Rwanda, Africa and Les Enfants de Dieu.