Spain, once a gastronomic leader, sees rise in discount dining

BARCELONA — Spain is known for three-hour, Michelin-starred meals with bottles of vino, often accompanied by the sounds of live flamenco. While the luxury and tourism industries are still flourishing with expats, the recession has pulled the bottom out of local hospitality. From El Bulli to traditional tapas places, 12,000 Spanish bars and restaurants closed…

Sunny Spain aims to tax renewable energy

GRANADA, SPAIN –Stumbling around in the dark on a cloudy, winter day, trying to care for his eight alpacas, five dogs, four kittens and three chickens, Alan Parks would be happy to simply flick on a light switch, but his off-grid existence is par for the course outside Montoro, Andalusia, about 15 kilometers from the…

Through the eyes of the first Google Glass surgery

When you write for an international audience about technology and innovation in a country that has just a really bad rep right now, it’s great when you constantly find new reasons to prove the naysayers wrong, like this, the foremost knee surgeon in the world performing the first Google Glass surgery so med students around…

Why the Spanish can’t be entrepreneurs

In February, SmartPlanet published a piece about why the Spanish aren’t entrepreneurs, written after talking to about 100 Spain-based start-ups and hearing the same refrain: it’s incredibly difficult to start your own business here, you feel alone and odd, and nothing in your life has told you to think differently. Then, we focused simply on…