When the Oaxacan violinist Macedonio Alcalá and the lyricist Javier Gonzales composed the Mexican waltz God Never Dies in 1968, little could they have imagined how prophetic their verses would prove to be. As the years passed, their hymn became the de facto anthem of Oaxaca state.
When, in 1943, Wenceslao Fernández Flórez published The Living Forest, a literary work full of naturalist symbolism, he presented a fantastical novel to the world where the omniscient narrator was the daily witness to the lives of the residents of Fraga de Cecebre forest in Galicia. Using his privileged position, Fernández Flórez showed us wildlife from a uniquely human perspective.
A long time ago, my forefathers dominated this land. Our kingdom extended to all the woods and mountains of the Iberian Peninsula, and the bloodline from which we descended moved freely across all Europe.
The first thing you notice when entering the remodeled National Archaeological Museum (MAN, for its acronym in Spanish) is the light. A permanent brilliance inundates the enormous hall, with every detail bathed in bright light, right into the corners. Once the eyes have got used to this agreeable sensation of brightness, within a few seconds one becomes aware of the harmonious coexistence of polished steel, natural stone and precious wood making up the interior. The smell, feel and conspicuous silence have the effect of inhibiting even our breathing, as we strive to disturb the eternal rest of the history contained between these walls. Continue reading →
Few people know that the district of Chorrillos, one of 43 which make up the Peruvian province of Lima, owes its name to underground currents of freshwater that flow through the city’s drains and out to Agua Dulce beach, one of the best known resorts in the metropolis. Less well known perhaps is the story that the Spanish Viceroy, the Count of Lemos, on arriving in the New World, made the area his favorite destination in 1679, precisely due to the insuperable quality of its water. Continue reading “Bringing the coast back to life”→
It’s first light on the road connecting Argentina to Bolivia. The journey so far has been one of blind bends and narrow paths, which the cars have to negotiate if they want to reach stage finish line. The objective, closer every minute, still blurs in the face of the unknown.
ACCIONA has installed the world’s first lighthouse made of composite materials in the Port of Valencia. The building is self-sufficient in energy, relying only on renewable sources, and it is lighter, more modern, sustainable and durable than its conventional predecessors.
The ACCIONA Blades plant at Lumbier, Navarre, received on 4 July the new mold it needs to manufacture the longest blades designed to date by the company. The 61.2 meter blades are to be mounted onto the rotors of its 3-MW AW 125/3000 wind turbine generators.