Kissing in Spain

There is a lot of kissing in Spain. From young people passionately making out in the streets, to kissing new and old friends hello, to signing off emails with “besos” (that’s kisses in Spanish), kisses here are everywhere. There is no sense in resisting. Every walk in the park reveals intertwined couples rolling around in […]

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Why Do Americans Refrigerate Eggs?

I remember the first time I went to the grocery store in Yemen. I was surprised by a number of things: That there was no cheese section, that there was a separate place to pay for bread and produce, and that I was followed around by a gaggle of curious boys. But I was most […]

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Best Bites: A Meaty Restaurant with Something for Vegetarians

You probably wouldn’t think that a longtime vegetarian would swoon over a restaurant with a name that translates to “Chop Room.” Yet, here it is. Mr. Dame in Spain and I were tipped off to the existence of this new foodie haven by the excellent 36 Hours in Madrid article in the New York Times. […]

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Great Hikes Around Madrid

City living got you longing for some fresh air and open spaces? Lucky for you, Madrid is situated near some great hiking trails that can take you over mountains, through forests and quaint old towns. Here are a handful of stand-out hiking areas near Madrid, all of which offer a number of hiking trails. 1. […]

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