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Eskerrik Asko

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There has been rivality between Spain and the Basque Country (Pais Vasco in Spanish) for ages now. I will not force myself to describe the situation, but it is true that some claim for Independence and others for Independence as well.
I have heard people in Madrid speaking in regards of the Basque Country as a place very hostile, difficult to live, depending on the area they say its ugly...So I have been very curious about it and joined my flatmate into an adventure to Bilbao. As we went there, my first impression was it resembles Dublin to me. Very green, cold and wet. People carrying their umbrellas with them everywhere they go. My second thought was.. this is such a silent place. I mean, for being the hometown of many terrorists, Its pretty quiet.
Their way of expressing their controversial ideas is by grafitti, signs hanging on their balconies...






This last picture is from a house meant for "eta" activities. We were very silent while crossing, and trying not to look a lot. …

Coffee Break

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When in my MBA a man by the name of Juan Aitor Lago (who happened to be one of the jury of my final project, and whom I believe as a very wise man), said that in order to succeed you needed to have some key things, out of which I can only recall 3: cash flow, presence and networking. I agree on that, and I truly believe that having money, having the appropriate appearance and knowing the right people can get you very far. Hopefully you, readers, will have them all. Though it is not my case.

A few weeks ago, in my office, they organized a conference by a "spanish" woman under the name of Pino Bethencourt. She is the writter of "El exito en seis cafes" or "Success in 6 coffees". I havent read the book and I didnt know the woman until that day, but according to the people that were in the conference, they say, she explained the importance of networking, how to well manage the contacts that you have during your life in order to obtain some mutual benefit…

Olympic Games 2016

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After months and months of waiting, yesterday was announced the location for the 2016 Olympic Games.
I have never been fan of any sports (not saying that I have never done any), but this was some big news because Madrid was participating in the elimanatories along with Chicago, Rio de Janeiro and Tokio.
At the beginning I was not very excited, because they were just some games to be played. But then I realized that if Madrid had the headquarter for those games, maybe and only maybe, they would stop talking about the damn crisis.
The thing is that they did not win. New location is Rio de Janeiro.
That makes me very happy because its somewhere nearby my hometown. Brasil is currently a country with a very good economic situation. And they surely will have aswesome games.
We have heard the feedback of Madrid and Chicago. How bad they feel about loosing this. The population comments, and everything.
But what about Tokio? Have someone heard about them? No news, no word, nothing.

Is it racism? Is it knowledge?

Today, as any other regular and normal day, I wake up at 7 10 hurrying up to catch the train to work... Gave up waking up at 6 15, cause I end up leaving the office late.
Anyway...
As I locate myself in a place where I can stand without many people around me, I see a woman that is sitting right next to me reading the newspaper...
What is so curious about this newspaper she is reading?
Well, I find myself reading an article that had a Spanish map with some colors indicating some regions...
At the right side, a legend.... with numbers and different countries all around the world...
Yes...
It was a distribution of how immigrants are located across Spain, according to the different Autonomic Communities.

Is there really a benefit of doing this? Is this a simple new, just like the crisis is going up, or the A flu cases are increasing?
My opinion? NO, NEGATIVE..

In this occasion my country was not even mentioned... so I do not feel alluded.
But I really think this kind of articles make harder to avoid…

So I keep reading...

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If you are like me, maybe you were not someone that used to read frequently...
Let's say that since I used to have my car all I wanted to do was to get from one point to another...
BUT!
When you come to a country like Spain, you realize that people actually READ...
Read, not because they are forced to (like in high school...), but because they are really into reading..

Free newspapers are very common during the morning.. although public transportation is always full.. and it could get very uncomfortable for the ones beside you..
Anyway, not only newspapers are the favorite reading, you can also find some drama, love stories, suspense, ... depending on the bestseller of the moment...
The funny thing is that... everybody READS.. literally... i mean.. students, old people, metal people, "pijas" girls (in Spain, called to girls with a very fine sense of fashion), normal people... is a massive thing...


Now, I'm curious to know if this is a common thing all over Europe... Is this …

What about North America and the Caribbean?

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If I tell you.... Did you know Mexico is in Central America? What would you say?
If I tell you... Do you know where South America start? What would you say?
If I tell you... Do you know where the Dominican Republic is? Is it in South America? What would you say? ...

You might think.. its just a simple question with a simple answer, dont you?The truth is that a lot of people that are living in Europe or United States are not aware of the country distribution among continents..
And since I have had people speaking in front of me saying whatever they think, I have thought it was a great idea to create a post with this valuable information...

Mexico.With an extension of 2M Km2. Its not the generator of the porcine influenza (Spanish Source:http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gripe_porcina).
Geographic location according to continents... North America. (Spanish Source:http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C3%A9xico).

Dominican Republic.


Very different from Mexico, the Dominican Republic has 48.442 Km2. It…

Slow Movement...

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When I first saw this phrase in a friend's facebook profile, I thought this was about promoting a healthier way of life through calmness, stressless' choices.
The fact that some people invest their time trying to find new ecologically sustainable ways of thinking, living and interacting in world community, is for me very interesting.
I have always questioned myself if there is the need for people to go around without having time to themselves, companion, education or without the need of progress.
This "Movement" combines Slow Travels, Food, Cities, Books, Schools, Living, Money... and encourage people to adopt personal sustainable development.
I strongly recommend you to take a look at this great web: Slow Movement

Buscando Visa para un Sueño...

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Juan Luis Guerra is a Dominican singer, very much known around the world because of his famous merengue's compositions. I can say that despite of all the years he has been working in this, he is like Madonna... always reinventing himself. Always with something new to bring up.
In this occasion, and although there is a friend of mine who says some of us believe Juan Luis Guerra is the only merengue singer alive, I will stick to my personal opinion, that this man can relate in many ways with the population.
Every time I have to go to the Spanish Consulate in order to obtain a specific visa (first one of study, now a working visa) is the worst thing that could happen to me, and this song always come to my mind.

I have had to ask for a Spanish visa 3 times in my life.
The first one was ok, because I didn't even go to the Consulate. An agency did all the work for me, and I am so grateful. It was for my 15th birthday, and my gift was a trip to Europe and Africa. Great trip ever.
The sec…