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Shopping in Granada and my summer fashion 2014

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014 in All posts, Beauty and Fashion, Spain | 1 comment

Spain is great for shopping. The country has brought about the most popular high street brand names and an unmatched retail success story of one Spanish man from Galicia, with such a low profile, not many are aware that he stands behind the globalised fashion industry wonder that is Zara. The company’s secret is not to spend much on advertising but rather on opening up at prime locations which has proved to be incredibly clever.By now, Zara is just one (major) part of Inditex, the largest clothing company in the world and mother of many fast fashion chains, namely Pull & Bear, Bershka, Oysho, Uterque, Stradivarius, Tempe, Massimo Dutti. I was (not really) surprised to hear that my newest find in Spain, low-cost-fashion Lefties, is also part of that same family (selling Zara’s unwanted stock for bargain prices).  Zara...

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Areas of my expertise: FC Barcelona vs Real Madrid

Posted by on Nov 24, 2012 in All posts, Spain | 0 comments

I would like to share my recently acquired wisdom on soccer – which I  gained when Tomek and I traveled to Barcelona for some cultural attractions but in the turn of events ended up at the match with our soccer-affine friends. This is what happened: As a reasonably sensible, well educated couple approaching middle age, we had managed to get very drunk and attend a game for 400 Euros. On the 7th of October 2012 it was the day of el clásico, the historic clash of FC Barcelona against Real Madrid, the richest and most successful football clubs in the world.   DANGERS AND PRECAUTIONS One often hears stories about soccer hooligans and can’t figure out why in the world one would want to attend a European soccer game. Except that this was not just a game. This was two clubs...

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Radiation levels in Spain

Posted by on Oct 28, 2012 in All posts, Radiation levels around the world, Spain | 0 comments

I am obnoxiously curious, I hate secrets and can’t keep one myself (even if that involves making a neat pottery present for Tomek secretly one month before Christmas and then accidentally telling him the same day without even noticing. And Tomek, the gentleman, not telling me I had spilled the beans until Christmas day). I would be a terrible agent, especially if equipped with a Geiger counter, obliged to classified intentions. Luckily I am not an agent. Therefore, I will share with you uncensored pictures of Geiger measurements in the countries we visited. Radiation values can change from place to place, even in the same area. Levels are influenced by many factors, in cities values will depend on radioactive building materials and hotspots, so that figures can fluctuate enormously. In Spain, in Barcelona to be exact, we found a...

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