Category Archives: Sol

Intercambios and English Activities Madrid-Style

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This post is being dedicated to all of my past, present and future English students here in Madrid.

Also to many of my Spanish friends and other people who I know who are always saying how they need to practice their English.

Well, in Madrid there are TONS of activities and places where you can do just that.

The “Guiri” (or Foreigner) Community in Madrid is very large and we LOVE to plan and organize events that let us do the things we loved doing back at home. Something to get us out of our little circle. Something to mix up our typical tapas/disco dancing/dar una vuelta around the city day to day activities here in Spain.

If you are looking for just a good ole ‘Intercambio de Idiomas’ (or Language Exchange) check out these places:

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

  • Cafe Madrid (Metro: Opera)@9:30pm/21:30h
  • Cachibola Pub (Metros:Sol or Tirso de Molina—in the Plaza Jacinto Benavente to the right of the Yelmo Ideal Cine) @10pm/22h—this one is put on by ‘Multilinkual‘ and the intercambio is after the Movie Night (see below—Extra English Activities)

Saturdays

Sundays

(FYI: Weds.,Thurs. and Sunday nights have maaaaaaaaany options!!! So I’d say in general try a few out and see which ones you like. Intercambios are sometimes a gamble. Just try as many as you can!)

In General the Top Intercambio Groups..as in professional Intercambios are the ones listed below. When you go ask for these people and they are the organizers of these Intercambios and can help you meet new people (especially for those who decide to go solo to these events.)

Extra English Activities

Of course there are TONS of places in Madrid but these are some of the ones that I know or have personally been to.

If anyone has anything new to tell me about, or make any corrections to the info I’ve given above….please email me or comment on this page! Thanks!

Here are some other links to check out for more info on all of the above in English or Spanish!

Get out there….meet new people, get out of your shell and have a damn good time!!!! (And of course practice your English! ;-))

Love,

La Guiri

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Best Weds. Night of the Month: Anti-Karaoke Madrid

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Anti-Karaoke is a magical place where average people who have the balls to get up and sing can turn into Rock Stars even if for only a few minutes.

You could be amazing or complete crap when it comes to singing….but if you give it all you’ve got, I guarentee a damn good time!

Rachel @AK Madrid!!!!!! (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

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Anti-Karaoke

http://www.antikaraoke.com

info@antikaraoke.com

Barcelona—-Every Monday Night at Sala Apolo (Nou de la Rambla 113)

****8€ admission includes a free drink. Remember to get there when doors open at 9:30 if you want to sing****

Madrid-— Every 1st Weds. Night of the Month at Sala el Sol (Calle Jardines, 3)

****8€ admission NO DRINK INCLUDED. Doors Open Around 10pm-10:30pm****

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/antikaraoke

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Rachel and her Famous Bottle of Jack @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel Arieff is the Amazing Woman and Artist who puts on this GREAT  shin-dig every 1st Weds. of the month in Madrid (and every Monday night in Barcelona where she’s based). She’s an American Comedian who has come to Spain and found out what the Spanish were missing in their day-to-day lives….and Man….Is she giving it to them now!

Since the next Anti-Karaoke Madrid is this coming Weds. February 1st, I figured I’d write a wonderful little blog post about it, especially since it’s the 5th Anniversary for AK here in Madrid!!!!!! CONGRATS!!!!!!

And for all you Barcelona people….you BETTER be there tomorrow night!!!!! (I’m secretly jealous that you have it every week there!!!! hahahaa!!!!)

Most people in the Anti-Karaoke World know me as Bombazo Platino (Platinum Bombshell for all you English-only people). I’ve only been singing regularly there since this past September 2011…and I did sing with a friend of mine last year on Reyes 2011. But I’ve been going casually for the past year and a half….but now it’s become my Monthly Weds. Night Ritual aaaaaand I LOVE IT!!!!

The people who go are GREAT PEOPLE and it gets my mind off of all the crap that’s going on in the real world outside the doors of the Sala el Sol. Sometimes life in Madrid (aka Mad-town) can drive ya crazy or just time can catch up with ya. I find this to be a great mid-week release, especially after the end of the previous month before.

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Rachel also has a Comedy Show called Planeta Catalunya that she has every last Thursday of the month in Barcelona. For more info on Rachel and her other artistic projects….check out all these links:

Website:  http://www.rachelarieff.com

Blog: http://www.popular1.com/rachelarieff

Email: rachel@rachelarieff.com

Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/rachelarieffcomedy

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Here are some more Pics and Video Links For ANTI-KARAOKE MADRID!!!!!

(I couldn’t get everyone onto this blog post….so I’ll put more up as I can.)

Videos Links:

Rachel, Rocko and Friends—‘Killing In The Name’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ve55WL8QK9s

Lady Madrid — ‘I Hate Myself For Loving You’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdlE_EI-2jI&feature=youtu.be

Rocko — ‘Start Me Up’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0WQSjCR0q5Q&feature=related

Barrero Man —- ‘Du Hast’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6n3HmrKTk&feature=related

Parker Lewis & McGinty—-‘Insane in da Brain’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=er6n3HmrKTk&feature=related

McGinty —- ‘Thunderstruck’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hkAAEIViFnQ&feature=related

Lili Pompon —- ‘Modern Love’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zh-r_WwFnQE

Peter & The Wolf—-‘Rebel Yell’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yz5Fhmi7jwE

Rachel —– ‘New York, New York’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DKSxPZ1kkg

Peter Parker —- ‘Roadhouse Blues’: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53DrDw94uxE

One of AK Barca's Favs ROCKO @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

McGinty rockin it out @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Peter & The Wolf @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Lili Pompon @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Barrero Man @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Lady Madrid @AK Madrid(Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Peter Parker @AK MADRID (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Rachel, Rocko and The Gang @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

Some Great Bombazo Platino Moments…..

'Piece of My Heart' @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'Piece of My Heart' @AK Madrid (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'I Love Rock-n-Roll' (Photos by Torke Master of Puppets)

'Hot Stuff' (Photos by Sian Joseph)

'Proud Mary' (Photos by Sian Joseph)

Bombazo Platino Videos

Piece of My Heart’ (Version 1)—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UwpxTyIm9TY

‘Piece of My Heart’ (Version 2)—–http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2l7a6s-iQA&feature=youtu.be

‘Proud Mary’ —– http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/episode-5784774

‘I Love Rock-n-Roll’ —— http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/ak-nov-2011-73-5704597

Hot Stuff’ —— http://blip.tv/sergio-jungle/ak_oct_2011_5748-5620983

So…..stay updated. I’ll be posting more updates about Anti-Karaoke Madrid…possibly once a month.

And I hope to see ya there asap!!!!!!! 😉

Love,

La Guiri (aka Bombazo Platino)

The Mercado Tres Chic of Madrid

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The Mercado San Miguel is one of the most expensive markets in Madrid, but just to walk through it can be more than enough.

My friend Polly lives above the Mercado (and in the past so have my friends Martina and Anna Maria). For us its a daily decoration from the terraces and windows of that apartment. But the true joy is going down and impulsively buying a slightly pricey French cheese and occacionally a tapa or glass of wine.

It´s definately one of my favorite places to people watch and FOOD watch….take your camera and go crazy because the colors and designs of the food in the Mercado will turn out some beautiful pictures.

I think if you are out near Plaza Mayor or Sol then it´s worth a stop by the Mercado to indulge your senses in some of the best products from around Spain and from around the world. My friends and I are BIG fans of the cheese stand!!!

The plus side of the Mercado is that you are in the heart of the Center of Madrid and can go in any direction and find some more amazing things to do. Or you can just stroll around the area and admire the architecture or the random crazy people you are SURE to encounter along the way.

Enjoy!