Things to do in Madrid “por la cara”… or nearly

Have you heard of the Spanish expression “por la cara”? If you haven’t yet, I’m sure you’ll hear it after the Christmas season. After the “splurge” of December, you need to “tighten your belt” and spend less to “make ends meet”. That’s why in this blog we’ll try to give you some ideas to enjoy Madrid “por la cara”.

Are you a cinephile or an intellectual? The House of America shows premiere films in Spanish, many of which are free. You simply need to get there early as entrance is free until there is a full house. Likewise, you can spend the afternoon listening to a talk about a sociocultural topic that may be of interest to you and enjoy a range of Spanish accents or simply have a coffee and see the free exhibition that is currently showing. You can consult this on their web page here.

Are you more into meeting new people in a friendly atmosphere? Why don’t you come along to the open social dancing swing at the Tabacalera? At the the Tabacalera you’ll find workshops, concerts, exhibitions and other interesting initiatives.

Are you keen on objects from other periods of time? If you are looking for antiques or simply browsing through second-hand markets, you can’t miss going to the Rastro on Sunday mornings. For the price of a beer or soft drink, you get a tapa. To know which bars give you the best and most generous tapas, just look at how many customers are inside.

Madrid is a city that caters for different pockets, but in IH we also help you with “la cuesta de enero”, with free activities where you can get to know our city better, our culture and practice these new expressions with other students. Always accompanied by highly qualified teachers of course.

Glossary of Expressions

If you can, try to work out the meanings of the expressions in the context if you can, but it you want to check that you have understood, here are the definitions:

  • “por la cara”: free
  • “apretarse el cinturón”: to tighten your belt.
  • “llegar a fin de mes” (literally, “to arrive to the end of the month”): To make ends meet. In Spain people usually get paid at the end of the month, therefore it literally means to have enough money until the next pay check.
  • “la cuesta de enero” (literally, “the January slope”). This is a metaphor that means that as it is difficult to climb a mountain, January is a difficult month financially after the extra Christmas spending.
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