Christmas in Madrid, our new no-Government and more!

Hey everybody!

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat…

And I have a new article up about some of the fantastic Christmas / New Year’s / Epiphany traditions here in Spain.

You can check it out here: 8 things that might surprise you about the holidays in Madrid

I hope you enjoy it.

About one of the points in the newer article: years ago, I wrote an article called Blackface and Red Snapper in which I talk about the sorta-annoying tradition they had of painting a local politician black for the Cabalgata de Reyes (the parade they have on January 5th to celebrate the three kings).

Well, not anymore… The leftists are in charge now, and we’ve got a real black guy doing the job. Finally!

Also, it’s not really red snapper that they eat. I just liked the sound of it. It’s red sea bream, or something.

Don’t follow me on Instagram. I’m not that good of a photographer.

In other news…

Dude, where’s my country?

Spain held general elections the other day, and for better or for worse, nobody won. Well, the Popular Party technically had the most votes, but they’re going to have a hell of a time actually forming a government. So what’s gonna happen in my beautiful adoptive country?

Well, there’s going to have to be some sort of coalition. And all the different possibilities seem absurd.

Podemos and Ciudadanos, the two new parties, received more than a third of the votes between them, which is pretty impressive. But so far, nobody wants to form coalitions. And it’s not clear if they can form coalitions without pissing off a large number of the people who voted for them.

So… interesting times, as usual.

Who will  govern us? Who will lead us out of the darkness?

Certainly not Mr Chorizo. He’s going to be busy drinking some Rioja and gobbling down massive quantities of turrón. Low carb turrón… to save room for more Rioja.

Have fun out there, kids!

Mr Chorizo.

P.S. What do you think will happen here in Spain? Will we have another 4 years of Mariano Rajoy (who nobody seems to like that much) or will we end up with some new guy? Will that new guy ruin Spain? Is Spain already ruined? Who wants to come over and help me finish this bottle of 3 euro Cava?

P.P.S. No, really… Is there anything you want to see on the Chorizo Chronicles in 2016? I know you must be dying to hear my opinion about… uh… something. Hit me up in the comments. I’m here for ya!

P.P.P.S. Updated: looks like several more years of Mariano Rajoy. Oh well. He’s not as bad as some of the Catalan Independence folks.

Daniel
 

How did I end up in Madrid? Why am I still here 12 years later? Excellent questions. With no good answer... Anyway, at some point I became a blogger, bestselling author and contributor to Lonely Planet. So there's that. Drop me a line, I'm happy to hear from you.

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