27 September 2021

    Dear Friends,

    After an amazing Cava Brunch last week, there are more events and activities to come. Please scroll down for all the details.

    Also this week: Highlighting the multi-faceted skills of our members, blog editor Susannah Grant talks to Tatiana da Silva about regaining our mojo with healthy food and wellbeing courses for the body and soul. Also, in our new section "Members' Tips" Angela Daley provides us with her recommendations on a long weekend in La Rioja.

    Have a wonderful week!

    Your eNews editor



    Cava Brunch
    Our first event of the new board year was everything we had hoped to be and more. Not only were we able to meet and greet each other a little more freely than we have been over the last 18 months, but the venue, views and weather added to an atmosphere that we have all been waiting to feel. As we stood back and watched you, our members, smiling, chatting and being “in the moment,” we knew this was exactly what we all needed during this next stage of “pandemic normal.” A huge thank you to all who could attend, our guests, our new members and of course, Hotel Vincci 66. What a day it was!

    We aim to continue the energy we all felt during the cava brunch as we plan for the events ahead. We strive to balance the very important time for socialization with some interesting topics and host sites around the city. We are already full swing ahead into October, November and Decembers meetings; we have some amazing things lined up for you! While October’s details will be posted very soon, we want to get you thinking about our Holiday Market coming in November. Traditionally this event highlights the many talented members here in INC – we know there are many of you who are gifted in a variety of areas and we hope you take this opportunity to showcase your products/services in this market-style meeting. Space of course is limited, so we are offering priority to current members first before we reach out to outside vendors to fill any remaining spaces. If this is something you’d love to be a part of, please contact us by October 18th to reserve your booth!

    Here’s to the year ahead!
    VP Team
    Your VP Team

    Vicky, Tina and Hyacinth


    AREA 2 /3
    DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 5th @10.30 am - 12.30 pm
    WHERE: Calle Cea Bermudez 66
    RSVP: Denise Suarez denisevsuarez@gmail.com . There is a limited number of guests who can attend so please be sure to RSVP.

    Find out more here
    AREA 4 / 5
    DATE/TIME: Tuesday, October 5th @11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    WHERE: Susannah's house, Monte Alto 26, Urb. El Montecillo, Humera, Pozuelo de Alarcon.
    RSVP: Contact Susannah

    Find out more here
    AREA 1
    DATE/TIME: Wednesday, October 13th @11:00 am - 1:00 pm
    WHERE: Alexandra's house, C/ Azalea 110, El Soto de la Moraleja
    RSVP: Please WhatsApp till the 12th

    Find out more here


    Tatiana Foodshui stirring
    Tatiana da Silva talks to us about Foodshui - her business that focusses on healthy food and wellbeing courses for the heart, body and soul.
    To read more click here


    ExpatMadrid Event
    Thursday 30 September @11:00 - 12:30

    The Museum Forum will start its season at the Sorolla Museum situated in Chamberi which houses the largest collection of the renowned Spanish painter Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida located in his beautifully restored house and garden. We have managed to secure free tickets, so this event is free of charge.
    For more information click here


    Throughout the year we will challenge our tastebuds by meeting up at both familiar and less known places for lunch. This time we have made a reservation at Mama Chico Recoletos (https://mamachico.com/mama-chico-recoletos) on Thursday 30 September @1pm. Does this sound yummy? For more details and RSVP click here
    We would love to see you there!



    5k walk for a cause-4
    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month! To bring attention to this worthy campaign, INC's sister organisation, the American Women's Club of Madrid, is sponsoring a 5K walk. Proceeds raised will go to the Asociación Española Contra el Cancer and other charities the club supports in Madrid. So, don your walking shoes, wear something pink, and join AWC on Sunday, October 3rd. Sign-ups are at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. at the AWC Clubhouse, located at Plaza de la República del Ecuador, 6 28016 Madrid (metro Columbia or Concha Espina, and buses 16, 29 or 51). Cost is 10 euros to participate. A map of the 5K route and a pink ribbon will be provided that morning. Families can all walk together in solidarity, everyone is welcome! If you would like to participate, please email awcclubhouse@gmail.com. Payments and donations can be made in cash on the day of the event or by bank transfer.


    bookclub english madrid
    Tuesday, 5th October @7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

    Description: Current read is Flowers from Algernon
    Location: At Ale's place, location will be shared with participants.
    For more information click here


    Thursday, October 14 @10:30 am - 12:30 pm

    We will do a lovely walk, starting near the Monastery, going to the Ermita de la Virgen de Gracia, passing the golf club and then entering the gardens of la casita del Principe, but not before entering the gardens of la casita. We will also go inside the university of Maria Cristina to see the lovely patio and paintings. The duration of the walk is about 1.30 to 2.00 hours, depending on the weather.
    For more information click here


    La Rioja 2
    Tuesday 12 October is a public holiday. Some schools are also closed on Monday 11 October. So, if you are thinking about packing your bags for the long weekend, then check out fellow member Angela's recommendations below...

    Travel to La Rioja

    We decided to have a three day getaway to the La Rioja region to learn more about the great Spanish wines that we have been enjoying. But little did we know that this trip would lead us to far more than green, lush, vineyards dotted all over the countryside. We also found ourselves in the midst of an area filled with old monasteries and pilgrim paths dating back to the 600's AD.

    La Rioja is well known not only for outstanding wine but for great food as well. So on our first night we decided to treat ourselves to a two Michelin star degustation in a restaurant called "Echaurren" in a small town in the Oja Valley called Ezcaray. The restaurant setting in the wooded hillside already makes it feel special but the delicious meal of 23 courses (very small serves thank heavens!) really topped things off. The food was pared with local wines and this gastronomic experience in La Rioja is one that we are never going to forget .

    The next day we drove through very picturesque countryside to our next destination - San Millán de la Cogolla. And this is where history truly sprang to life for us in the most amazing way! This tiny village is sparsely populated and at first it appears like all the other small villages all around. However it is world famous due to it's twin monasteries, Yuso and Suso, both of which were declared a Unesco World Heritage site in 1997.

    Here in San Millán we accidentally found ourselves at the start of the Camino de la Lengua (Spanish Language Route). The route starts with the Suso and Yuso monasteries and then passes through five other locations that have had an important and significant relationship with the history of the Spanish language.

    Both Suso and Yuso are built in the wooded foothills of the Demanda Mountains. Suso, the upper of the two, began around the 6th century in the caves inhabited by the hermits and disciples of San Millán. Between the 6th and 10th century these caves were eventually turned into a monastery and this can be visited today.

    Suso however is far more famous in Spanish history for another reason. It was here in the 10th century that the Spanish language was born. One of the monastery's monks started to translate sermons and prayers (at that time all in Latin) into the local Ibero-Romance díalect for his fellow monks to understand. He did this by leaving notes in the margins of the original texts and these in time became the Castilian language of today. However, Suso's role in the development of the Spanish language did not end here. A few hundred years later a Spanish poet, Gonzalo de Berceo, stayed in Suso and wrote many verses which included never before seen terms and during his lifetime he expanded the Spanish language by 2000 words.

    The lower monastery, Yuso, was built in the 11th century to expand the Suso Monastery and it is particularly large. It is a very grand complex of buildings and still functions as a working monastery with Augustine friars responsible for keeping the spirit of the monastery alive.

    Both monasteries offer tours and a significant part of Yuso has now been converted into the Hosteria San Millán. We stayed in the monastery and the experience of eating and sleeping in such a significant and historic Spanish landmark building left us feeling in total awe.

    I could go on and on writing about other great places to visit nearby. Most of these are also monasteries on the Camino De Santiago Pilgrim route and many have interesting stories as well.

    So in a nutshell we went looking for wine and found great history too. Finding far more than we expect to seems to be our experience each time we head off for a long weekend of exploring. And we have been greatly enriched by what we have seen.

    - Angela Daley -



    Dante Alighieri: 700 years between hell and paradise

    Spanish National Library from 1 July to 2 October 2021
    Last chance to see this exhibition!

    To mark the seventh centenary of the death of Dante Alighieri (1265 - 1321), the National Library is hosting an exhibition which focuses on the greatest work by the Italian poet, The Divine Comedy. Recognised as a masterpiece of universal literature, it is a fundamental text in medieval and renaissance thought. It includes all of the knowledge to date, from ancient classics to Gothic, reflecting the religious faith and moral and philosophical convictions. It analyses theological themes, such as sin and virtue whilst addressing scientific elements of those times, such as the composition of the universe and the planets.
    For more information click here

    Leonardo and the copy of the Mona Lisa

    Museo del Prado from 28th September until 23rd January 2022

    The Prado Museum is holding the first exhibition dedicated to examining the copies and versions made at Leonardo da Vinci’s studio and permitted by him.
    Among the greatest copies of Leonardo's work is the Mona Lisa at the Prado Museum, which plays an essential role in this exhibition. This is the earliest known version of La Gioconda and one of the most significant examples of the procedures followed at the Leonardo factory. It is not known exactly how it arrived in Spain, although it was already listed in the Galería del Mediodía del Alcázar in 1666.
    For more information click here

    The Magritte Machine

    Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza from 14 September 2021 to 30 January 2022

    The exhibition is the first retrospective of Belgian surrealist painter René Magritte (1898-1967) to be held in Madrid since 1989. The title The Magritte Machine highlights the repetitive and combinatorial component in the work of the artist, whose obsessive themes return again and again with countless variations.
    For more information click here

    Reflejo / Reflexión

    Galería Elvira González, from 8 September to 13 November 2021

    The exhibition presents works by Olafur Eliasson, Anish Kapoor, Juan Muñoz and Michelangelo Pistoletto. These four artists approach the idea of the viewer’s reflection in front of a mirror through different artistic perspectives. These perspectives embrace formal and functional, philosophical, and psychological levels showing a way of thinking about otherness.
    For more information click here

    Morandi. Infinite Resonance

    Fundación MAPFRE from 24 September 2021 to 9 January 2022

    Morandi. Infinite Resonance is a retrospective exhibition of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi’s work (1890-1964), one of the most significant and unclassifiable artists in the history of twentieth century art.
    For more information click here

    More upcoming events in Madrid can be found here


    Rosa Baillez 30 September
    Joanna Wivell 2 October
    Lena Perepelova 2 October


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