Sunday, January 30, 2011

Flash Mob

Whilst queuing at Starbucks in Principe Pío yesterday I was lucky to catch the beginning of a flash mob courtesy of the Coro Gospel de Madrid. What a talented bunch of people.

Unfortunately I didn't get around to making a vid or snapping a pic, but my Youtube search threw lots of other Madrid flashmobs... Check out some of the better ones...  


Smoking Ban

I, like many Spaniards, am grieving for the loss of the right to smoke indoors. It’s strange to see Spaniards huddling in the street smoking... I definitely saw a lot of indignant faces when I returned after New Years.

One of the things that surprised me about Spain when i arrived was the fact that smokers could be marketed to. In fact, a particularly vivid memory is the day I was offered a sample of a new range of cigs in my local tobacco store. I was so shocked that I said no without thinking it through. Plus these stores often run special promos, so if you buy x packs of cigarettes you get something branded like a sports bag (irony much?!) 

Whilst I’m not sure how effective the ban will be (the number of smokers in Ireland went up by 2% following the ban – ah the social smoker), I wonder will the next thing to go be the pro- smoking propaganda...
Check out this graffiti from beside one of my local tobacco stores - all the cool kids are doing it :P

Monday, January 24, 2011

Corona Beach Hotel

With everyone from the Irish Times to Perez Hilton covering the garbage hotel that had pride of place in Callao last week, I thought I'd stick up my picture of the hotel under construction.

Constructed of 12 tonnes of garbage swept ashore on Europes dirtiest beaches, it certainly wouldn't be a pleasant experience to stay there but it's a good commentary on waste.

Sunday, January 23, 2011


Another odd Madrid dog image courtesy of @bernardmc's travels around Madrid last Wednesday.


Friday, January 21, 2011


Rewatched Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Still the most pretentious movie I've ever seen (first and last Woody Allen film) BUT this song is AMAZING

Belated Reyes post

Lavapies graffiti

Mercado San Miguel decorations

Roscon de los Reyes

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos

People bring umbrellas to catch the sweets that get thrown from the parade floats

and step ladders to see

and the well known ducks (?!) from the story of christmas (hmm must research spanish christmas myths)

A dog is for life not just for Christmas

Although if I got a life size porcelain dog for Christmas I'd probably do the same...