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TIME OUT: How we get abused by companies

Culture By 29 septiembre, 2018 No Comments

Time is money. The truth is we have definetely more time today than 100 years ago. Not just lifetime, but also in our daily life. Our kids get more attention than ever, we are also every time every richer. But nevertheless we say all the time, that we have no time. That is one point of a new documentary, but the other is that we work for companies for free, wasting our time without getting anything for it and without realizing that we are somehow “employed”.

OPERA: El Teatro Real shows how to attract youngsters

Culture By 17 septiembre, 2018 No Comments

Opera is too long, boring and it is always the same story.

That is what most of the  young kids tend to say about opera, classical theatre and music plays. And also among the not so young there are not many people that love classical opera, that can last for hours and hours. In the Teatro Real in Madrid there were very aware of the changing times and adapted their programme and presentations completely to the new lifestyle and the importance of social media, to the impact of visual stimulation with lights and costumes and the wish of the people to share the experience that can cost between 25 and 200 euros with their friends, to “show off” with their cultural life.

SPAIN: Learning by doing

Culture By 3 septiembre, 2018 2 Comments

by Stefanie Claudia Müller

There is a small city in the north of Spain, in Cantabria, that is going against all odds.  The people of Corrales de Buelna not only fought 200 years before Christ like Asterix and Obelix against the romans, they also are a very social and open minded oriented society in a political more conservative and traditional surrounding. Everything seems to be different in the small villages that form the city. They go for tradition, but they also want to go abroad and get to know the world. This is also in part  thanks to the vision of one man.  First of all this patriot wanted to place his hometown in the history books and create a touristic attraction at the same time. But he realized quickly that there was much more about it then that. He just learned during the process, what could be achieved with organizing something together at that scale of a city.


In a way the founder of the “Guerras Cántabras”, Juan Miguel Villamuera, is a Spanish Asterix, even in a more metaphoric way. 17 years ago the by now grandfather looked for an activity that could unite the several independent spots of Corrales and its very different people. He wanted them to be proud of their roots and longed for living more in harmony then they did until then. “When one summer I saw historic spectacles in Cartagena, I realized that we in Cantabria have a lot to tell, since we were the last bastion fighting the roman invasion. I saw it as a chance to build up something big with my people here in Corrales”.

SERVICE: What we can learn from the Japanese

Culture By 6 abril, 2018 No Comments

by Amalia Mobley

Throughout my travels, I feel as though I have seen the most intense extremes of customer service. New York City store clerks and restaurant hosts want to get you served as fast as possible, and for the most part, show very little interest in your wellbeing as a customer. Go in, get your stuff, get out. Living in the big city has made me very used to this kind of behavior, and it never really came across as rude — I was used to impersonal, fast service, and came to expect that from everyone.

ONE YEAR ABROAD: Watch out with whom you go

Culture By 13 marzo, 2018 1 Comment

by Ronja Baerecke

I love traveling, I always wanted to see as much as the world could offer. So, when I finished school, I decided to go to Ireland. Lots of my friends went to Australia and New Zealand, but I wanted to go somewhere else. I was 19 at that time and I didn’t want to plan the whole trip myself. Since I was a young girl, I liked horses and the riding sport, hence I wanted to work on a farm. I looked up some agencies online that would help me find a suitable one.