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Day Trips from Madrid: Alcalá, Chinchón, Aranjuez, and Ávila

There are many advantages to living in Madrid. For a Spanish city, it’s big, it’s bustling, and it’s diverse. But one of my favorite aspects of Madrid is its location. 5,560 more words


Abridged Classics

Our librarian aunty sent this cute cartoon to us:


My Understanding of Don Quixote

NOTE: I read the Tom Lathrop English translation of this book. The translation is very readable, and full of interesting footnotes to give context. Quotes in this post come from the Ormsby translation, because I don’t have my edition handy. 2,209 more words


Check out my article on Imagining Don Quixote at the British Library

EXHIBITION REVIEW: Fans of classical Spanish literature will no doubt be thrilled at the Imagining Don Quixote exhibition at the British Library. Check out my review of the illustrations in this 17th century novel here Click here http://whatshotlondon.co.uk/imagining-don-quixote/


amiliarity may not always breed contempt. But it certainly encourages a sort of tired ‘been there, done that’.

The word ‘story’ is a case in point. 284 more words


Year of Giant Novels, Part 1: Don Quixote

Back in my youth, I used to love reading giant novels: Infinite Jest, Underworld, Gravity’s Rainbow, The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina… 560 more words


Blue is All Around Us

Since elementary school, I have associated January with the color blue. One of my teachers – I forget which one – changed the paper background behind the large calendar on the wall each month, and in the fateful year when the combination of colors with months made such an impact on me, January was blue. 475 more words