Bullfighting: Fine art? Or barbaric entertainment?

August 27, 2012

A matador makes moves with his cape to gruel a bull.

INTRODUCED as a spectator sport in 1726 in Spain, bullfighting went on to spread like a cancer into the south of France, Portugal, Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Peru.

It bears several names: Corrida de torros, La fiesta or Novilada, but the essence remains the same – a bull is tortured and killed in front of thousands of cheering spectators, who call this “a fine art”.

It taps into a primal human instinct – a blood lust- and is similar to the events in the gladiatorial arenas of ancient Rome. But in the modern world is there still a place for slaughter to be considered a fine art?

Dmitry Dmitriev of Booked.net poses some questions about this controversial sport.

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Lost in translation in Barcelona

August 16, 2012

A man wearing a costume of Antoni Gaudi’s creation, Ceramic Dragon. This character can be seen across the city.

EVERY note, every word sung by Freddie Mercury and Monserrat Caballe about Barcelona is true.

The city is, putting it simply, gorgeous.

Home to architectural and other masterpieces created by Antoni Gaudí, captivating parks and narrow streets with the spirit of the past still inhabiting them.

The capital of Catalonia and Spain’s second largest city welcomes hundreds of thousands of tourists annually and it does a great job, but…and there’s always a “but”…

Here are a few “buts” Dmitry Dmitriev of Booked.net and his girlfriend Marina Solonnikova discovered in thier travels around Europe’s fourth most visited city – Barcelona:

When it comes to describing those “buts” it’s easiest to make a list.

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