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From Gong to Mandalay

A reckless comment on social media can quickly lead to anger, contempt, and hatred. This little story is about the opposite. It is about how maturity and kindness take the sting out of criticism and create good vibes.  It was a great relief when restaurants started to open again after the most severe Corona measures […]

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Life in Spain

I Started to Vlog in Spanish Even If I Am Not Fluent Yet

I am struggling to be more fluent in Spanish. Normal social contact has not been possible for almost a year. I am still on the intermediate level. I feel like I am hitting a plateau or stall out on my progress despite studying a lot. I write and read better than speak, so I am […]

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Eldar's Corner

Sunrise in Torre de la Horadada

I often go for an early morning walk carrying a small camera. Sunrise is always a winner, and there is probably no better motif, at least not at dawn 🙂 The Mediterranean Sea stretches to the east from Torre de la Horadada on Costa Blanca in Spain. Every morning, the sun rises and maintains one […]

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Eldar's Corner

Quiet Days of the Pandemic 

Spanish beach towns are mostly quiet in the winter. I have always associated silence with something poetic, but the extreme silence under the Coronavirus lockdown ripped that image.  I live in Torre de la Horadada on the Southern end of Costa Blanca, Spain. Our town is dependent on tourism; the silence is far from idyllic. The […]

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Life in Spain

Taking the CCSE & DELE Exams for Spanish Citizenship Application

To become a Spanish citizen, you will need to prove knowledge of the Spanish society and show that you are well on your way to mastering the language. I passed these tests last year, and I am now sharing my experience here.  First, you have to be familiar with Conocimientos Constitucionales y Socioculturales de España […]

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Insights & Opinions

Fashion: Like a Play

I love clothes. I see fashion as an art. I tried getting into personal styling, but it is something that I just now enjoy on the side. Writing about it based on my experiences will feed my longing to marry two of my interests: writing and clothing. We are living in a difficult time trying […]