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Pilar Primo de Rivera, female leader in Franco’s Spain

The leader of the only female mass organization in Francoist Spain, the Women's Section (Sección Femenina, SF) of the Falangist movement, which was Fascist in its...

Amancio Ortega, the Spanish self-made man

Spanish billionaire businessman Amancio Ortega Gaona was born on March 28th, 1936 as the youngest of four children in the small village of Busdongo de...

Three culture shocks

Although I consider myself a man of the world who can easily adapt to different environments rather easily, I have actually suffered three culture...

Berlin “rent cap” just a mirage

Since December 8th, 2016 Berlin is governed by a coalition government of Social Democrats (SPD), Communists (Die Linke) und the Greens (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen). 30 years...

Berlin revisited

During my 13 years in Berlin, where I attended university and later took care of my disabled father before emigrating to Taiwan in 1999,...

Old love never dies: somehow I feel quite attached to Valencia

I realized that if sometimes I sound quite negative about my almost three years in Valencia it’s not because basically I dislike Spain and...

Sanmao, the Taiwanese author shaped by a Spanish colony

Taiwanese travel writer and translator Sanmao (Three Hairs), who in 1976 became famous with the autobiographical account Stories of the Sahara, committed suicide in...

When Santa Claus drives a bus

Christmas 2020 will be remembered in most Christian countries as a very special occasion, even though for all the wrong reasons! I’m currently in...

Chinese food in the West

The quality and variety of Chinese food in the West, Spain included, has increased significantly in the last two to three last decades thanks...

Oswald Mosley, the Brit whose wedding Adolf Hitler attended

Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet, the English politician of noble descent disillusioned with mainstream politics who became the leader of the British Union...

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