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A sign tells customers that laptop use is not allowed because it is a laptop-free table.

Café con Leche, with a Side of Wi-Fi?

Sophie Runde, Contributing Writer April 6, 2024
Students are surprised to find a maze of restrictions on when they can use laptops at Madrid coffee houses
Two members of the Human Rights Club ready their signs before the start of the demonstration at Plaza de Antón Martín.

Dozens of SLU-Madrid Students Join Madrid Women’s March

Akua Addo and Anna Solé Santiago April 6, 2024
Human Rights Club members carried signs and chanted with roughly 30,000 Madrileños who called for greater respect for women's rights in the annual Women's Day demonstration
A selection of cosmetics at the Primor near Cuatro Caminos. The chain sells international brands not found in the citys traditional perfumerías, or drug stores.

Shoppers Revel in Abundance of Beauty Brands

Olivia Phillips, Contributing Writer April 5, 2024
But some worry that cosmetic chains like Primor and Sephora, filled with international brands, will hurt the city's small businesses
Hachi, a Maltese-Poodle mix, sports a t-shirt that says, “Possum Vibes Only.” It’s just for fashion’s sake, not warmth, said his owner, SLU-Madrid student Britney Saras. Saras said she shared him with her neighbors during the lockdown at the start of the pandemic, when dog walking was one of the few excuses to leave one’s apartment. Saras frequents dog-friendly cafés.

Madrid dogs sport accessories and saunter into dog-friendly cafés

Kieran O'Brien, Contributing Writer April 5, 2024

Having never been to Spain, Claire Genova expected to be surprised by several aspects of Spain’s unique culture – the food, the music, and maybe even the transportation. But she didn’t expect that...

A tractor in the farmers protest carries a sign that reads, Amnesty, not bureaucracy, for the farmland.

An Unusual Traffic Jam: Thousands of Farmers with Tractors

Ashlan Wilburn, Contributing Writer April 4, 2024

Many students found their paths blocked through the center of Madrid mid-February by an unusual traffic jam. It wasn’t the tangle of taxis, buses and Vespas they have come to expect, but a clanging,...

The citys growing U.S. population stocks up on Pop-Tarts, cake mix and other familiar dry foods at Taste of America.

Why More Americans Are Moving to Spain

Bábara Torreño, Contributing Writer April 4, 2024
More than 40,000 Americans live in Spain
The spray-painted message on the doors of the closed down bike shop Alejandro Diaz worked at in Lavapiés.

Madrileños: Tourism Sparks Overcrowding and High Prices

Valerie Rosqueta, Staff Writer December 19, 2023

Citizens in Madrid are disappointed at the city’s overcrowding and expensive prices due to tourism. “We are suffering because of tourism," said Alejandro Diaz, 34. "It’s horrible." He worked in...

Shoppers browse the Christmas market at Plaza de España on a recent weekend.

Christmas Markets Twinkle Throughout Madrid Hawking Crafts and Treats

Vicky Coneva, Chloe Nascimbeni, and Katie Graham December 9, 2023

'Tis the season for Christmas markets throughout Madrid. The closest to campus fills the newly reformed Plaza de España with food stands, a beer garden, an ice skating rink and shops selling last-minute...

Conservative Parties Protest Amnesty Pact for Leaders of Catalan Separatist Push

Conservative Parties Protest Amnesty Pact for Leaders of Catalan Separatist Push

Enrique Riojas and Bárbara Torreño December 5, 2023

Thousands of Spanish voters flooded Madrid's Puerta del Sol in November to protest an amnesty deal for Catalan separatists. Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s deal would pardon organizers of a failed Catalan...

Lucila, a worker at SLUs cafeteria, dressed up as Katrina La Viuda for Halloween. Its something that I identify with, a powerful woman who can be alone, she said. It drew my attention because its a powerful woman, and I wanted to wear it. 
Lucila was one of the three cafeteria staff who dressed up on Halloween, matching the spooky decorations which adorned the cafeteria.

Spaniards Embrace the Scary Side of American-Style Halloween

Thea Uhl, Staff Writer December 3, 2023
Witches abound, but some Madrid residents are more frightened by the thought of this import overshadowing a traditional holiday
Pastors drive flocks of sheep through Puerta del Sol on Oct. 22. The unusual traffic is part of Spains annual Transhumancia festival celebrating ancient shepherding routes that cross the Iberian peninsula.

When the Sheep Have the Right of Way

Katie Graham and Joanne Bazan December 2, 2023

It is an October afternoon in the Puerta del Sol and the streets are packed but not with tourists -- with sheep. Hundreds of sheep are everywhere, and hundreds of people have crowded the city center to...

A metro entrance in the heart of Chueca displays the colors of the rainbow flag, one of many Pride symbols in the neighborhood.

LGBTQ+ Students Praise Chueca: “A Whole Neighborhood is Protected”

Amelie Van Hess, Staff Writer December 1, 2023

The barrio of Chueca peacefully lies right in the heart of Madrid, Spain. Pride flags float gently in the breeze on old balcony rails, with chattering voices of those eating dinner bouncing off the plaza's...

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