La Catedral de Toledo

28 09 2011

This time around, I bite the bullet, pony up 7€, and properly enter the Cathedral of Toledo.

What’s on high is predictably over-the-top impressive.

But I’m more interested in details. Dragons are everywhere.

Lining one walled-in section in the center are hundreds of carved wooden ghouls.

Genuinely sinister.

The sublime can be just as grotesque as the profane.


26 09 2010

Remember that English-language publication we were given way back during orientation? I know it’s a stretch to contemplate our lives that far back – three weeks has somehow morphed into a lifetime – but bear with me here.

InMadrid, the city’s (self-proclaimed) number one English-language magazine, is a monthly repository of all sorts of madrileño goodies, of interest in particular to its student, ex-pat, and tourist population. This ranges from the obvious – nightlife hotspots, restaurant reviews, Madrid’s “hidden secrets,” linguistic features – to the intriguingly quirky, such as a recent photo feature of the city’s most noteworthy trees.

And of course I want to write for it.

A few days ago, I spent the precious siesta hours tidying up my dusty CV and drafting a professional-esque letter of inquiry to Jeff, InMadrid’s current Editor in Chief. He responded with interest, and we set a coffee date for this afternoon just outside InMadrid headquarters, near the Sevilla metro station.

Jeff is a British ex-pat, and has spent the previous six years in various parts of Spain. He’s immediately amiable, and we get chatty about Thailand, advertising, the Spanish publishing industry, and what kinds of tactics to take when putting together articles for the magazine. Yessss! My inquiries have scored me a promising freelance connection.

I’m currently putting together a list of article proposals to send Jeff for the November issue – one will certainly be a focus on the Atocha neighborhood, in the style of the Salamanca article from the September edition the Fulbrighters received. Your further ingenious ideas welcomed.