Spanish Testament (Monasterio y Sitio de El Escorial en Madrid)
“The Royal Site of San Lorenzo de El Escorial (Spanish: Monasterio y Sitio de El Escorial en Madrid), commonly known as El Escorial (Spanish pronunciation: [el eskoˈɾi̯al]), is a historical residence of the King of Spain, in the town of San Lorenzo de El Escorial, about 45 kilometres (28 miles) northwest of the capital, Madrid, in Spain. It is one of the Spanish royal sites
and has functioned as a monastery, basilica, royal palace, pantheon,
library, museum, university and hospital. It is situated 2.06 km
(1.28 mi) up the valley (4.1 km [2.5 mi] road distance) from the town of
El Escorial.The Escorial comprises two architectural complexes of great
historical and cultural significance: the royal monastery itself and La Granjilla de La Fresneda,
a royal hunting lodge and monastic retreat about five kilometres away.
These sites have a dual nature; that is to say, during the 16th and 17th
centuries, they were places in which the power of the Spanish monarchy and the ecclesiastical predominance of the Roman Catholic religion in Spain found a common architectural manifestation. El Escorial was, at once, a monastery and a Spanish royal palace. Originally a property of the Hieronymite monks, it is now a monastery of the Order of Saint Augustine. It is also a boarding school.Philip II of Spain, reacting to the Protestant Reformation
sweeping through Europe during the 16th century, devoted much of his
lengthy reign (1556–1598) and much of his seemingly inexhaustible supply
of New World gold to stemming the Protestant tide. His protracted efforts were, in the long run, partly successful; however, the same counter-reformational impulse had a much more benign expression thirty years earlier in Philip’s decision to build the complex at El Escorial.Philip engaged the Spanish architect, Juan Bautista de Toledo,
to be his collaborator in the design of El Escorial. Juan Bautista had
spent the greater part of his career in Rome, where he had worked on the
basilica of St. Peter’s, and in Naples,
where he had served the king’s viceroy, whose recommendation brought
him to the king’s attention. Philip appointed him architect-royal in
1559, and together they designed El Escorial as a monument to Spain’s
role as a center of the Christian world.On 2 November 1984, UNESCO declared The Royal Seat of San Lorenzo of El Escorial a World Heritage Site. It is a popular tourist attraction, often visited by day-trippers from Madrid – more than 500,000 visitors come to El Escorial every year.”
Hi ^^ Can i ask you on something about Kaisoo?:3 I totally love your blog and Kaisoo (after only 2 years with EXO i still don't know my otp) 😅❤But i'm on tumblr new so i don't know if you already posted here but what are your opinions about Kaisoo 2016/17 and jealous Kai? Cause we all know how it's with homosexuality in S. Korea :/ and how it was, when sm share "Kaistal daiting scandal" Do u think, that Kai really isn't gay? I know it's hard talk about relationships+sexuality so i apologize🙁
Hey, how are you? Oh, a kd ask after a while idk how to feel about that, it’s been so long lmao.
I’ll only mention my opinion about those subjects so, don’t take it as truth. Some subjects were discussed before a plenty of times, so I’ll speak kind of superficially? If I can find something relevant about it, I’ll edit this post with a link.
2016 was a mess, as a lot of people remember. Since 2015 there were rumors in SK about a gay couple on the same group and it exploded in 2016, peaking a lot of people’s curiosity. Then, suddenly, kxk was announced and, such a “coincidence”! It was really a mess for everyone. Lots of rumors about JI, people hating on him (but in BY was worst, tbh), JI was sad for months, KD couldn’t look at each other in the eye… Tense. But towards the end of the year other scandals came (the presidental one being the most relevant of them all) and it caused an impact in media too, since coincidentially or not some couples people were revealed at that time, sometimes two in the same day!! people really didn’t care much, they wanted the president to resign.
Now, in 2017, the president suffered the impeachment and SK will have elections in May. Others scandals are relevant now, like Thaad and how China and SK relations are restrained at the moment. Media always comes and goes with their breaking news, it’s interesting. But about KD, it seems kxk goal was acomplished. JI is busy with his dramas (being the main character, wow i totally hope he succeds), KS is doing his business, Krys is with her sister a lot and KD is having lots of moments nowadays so much for a dead couple, RIP me.
What do I want to say about this? Does it mean that the “gay couple” won’t be exposed anymore? Not really… Maybe for now. It’s important to know that media is dynamic, which means that they will always look for different kinds of news for their purposes. With the actual situation, they’ll focus more in other matters, and EXO is preparing for their Encore concert and a possible comeback.
Another thing is interest to notice is how KD moments are similar to what they had before: in some concerts, behind the scenes at Macau awards… Does it mean that KD isn’t being restricted anymore? Well, the look on SH’s face can say something or be totally coincidential:
And also considerthis text about a fan that went to the concert, is really carifying.
So, it shows that, although things are calm on the outside, there’s some tension between the lines that can’t be ignored either. But there’s nothing we can do about it anyway. In the end we are just spectators.
About JI’s jealousy: i didn’t understand what you wanted me to say regarding this. Some people tend to be, kind of… Territorial with their partners? And JI did that lots of times, since debut until the present time? I remember some people said on Tumblr that it meant that theyr relationship wasn’t healthy, and I commented my opinion about this matter here.
So, the question: is JI gay? Only he knows the boundaries of his sexuality. People can comment how he’s straight, bi, gay, pan, asexual for things they see about him, but he’s the only one who can understand his own feelings. But if he has a bf that is hidden by a supposed straight relationship facade, the last thing he is is straight. He can be bi or pan, but not straight. “Oh, but in SK theres a lot of prejudice against LGBT people”, yes, I know that. Everybody knows that. But even in places like Spain, where u can freely open up about your sexuality, there are those who don’t accept LGBT people (Madrid is the gay capital of Europe [words of my gf], but a gay couple was thrown out of a restaurant anyway). The amount of prejudice a society has about gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transexuals, won’t make them disappear or erase their existence anywhere. The most they can do is hide. What totally explains the reason why companies make fake dates involving a man and a woman, it can be in US or in South Korea.
“el clasico. no two words can grasp the sports world’s attention like a matchup between the two of the biggest superpowers in global football. real madrid and fc barcelona creates divides among social classes and political stances amidst a background of a civil war-torn past. the two largest cities in spain, the national capital madrid, and barcelona, the capital of the catalan region seeking independence are the principal cities of a derby that’s seen by nearly 400 million people around the world.”
So I’m from Barcelona, (Catalunya) Spain and in Madrid, the capital of Spain, there’s been an orange bus that has a transphobic promotional sign saying: “Grils have vagina, boys have a penis, don’t get fooled. If you are born as a man, you are a man. If you are a woman, you still will be a woman”.
The bus itself:
This sign is promoted by a hateful catholic group called “Házte oír”.
The good thing about it is that there’s a response and it’s been banned and probaly won’t be driven around any town no more until the transphobic sign is gone.
To make sure that this ends, there’s a petition to stop it and it would be really helpful that everyone who can do it, pelase sign this petition to stop this. There’s still too many firms left pelase!
Hey, it’s Marina. Again. I just wanted to share what’s going on in my life at the moment with you and hope that you might be able to give me some advice and throw some light into this darkness. So, I’m gonna start by giving you a few facts: I’m 18, I just finished high school and I’m starting university this september, I’m from Spain (this is quite an important fact cause things are different here from the USA). So. Like a year ago, when we had to start planning what we wanted to do with our lives, where we wanted to go and to which university and stuff, I, don’t know how, just came with this idea that I wanted to go study university in Madrid (which is the capital city and the biggest, and also 6 hours away from where I live now, by car). And became like really obsessed with the idea of moving out. I didn’t really mind where, I just wanted to go somewhere different. And this is mostly because I live in a small appartment with 4 other people and sometimes me and my parents don’t get on well or I’ll fight with my sisters (with whom I share a room; 3 girls in the same room, yas). So I just wanted to leave and, why not, Madrid is a beautiful city (also quite expensive, which didn’t come to my mind at that time). So I just basically spent the whole year telling my parents that I wanted to live and study in Madrid. During the first months, my parents would just ignore me, cause they probably thought I wasn’t being too serious about it. Then, when they realized I wouldn’t stop talking about it, they said no. Of course. (Side note: I know in the US it’s common to go study to another state, leave your home and everything and that most people do that and are used to that, but in Spain, the common thing to do is study in your hometown and there leave after university, so basically people live with their parents until they’re like 23 or even more, and moving out at 18 is not what most people do, so it’s weird). But I kept insisting and talking about the experience in life and the better opportunites to work and all that stuff, and I convinced my father (he’s much more similar to me than my mother and he’s always understood me better and been by my side). Meanwhile my mom just said that it was a caprice of mine and that it was stupid and childish. And it was. But. Isn’t everything in life a caprice? Well… Almost everything. The thing is I wanted to go and live on my own, start a new life, finding myself, and all of that exciting things. So after that I kind of convinced my mom too (mostly thanks to my father, who did such an amazing job) and we started looking for universities and places to stay. Then, I had to take the most difficult and important exams of my whole life (these are exams everyone in Spain has to take at the end of high school and we get an average mark or grade out of 14 and that mark decides whether you are allowed to study in this or that university or not, so basically my whole future depended on this cause I needed a high mark) and I got a 12,2 out of 14, which is a pretty good mark, I’m still impressed I got that high. Anyway, I applied to the university I wanted to enter (in Madrid) and I was accepted. The dream was becoming real. So in a short period of time, I was into the university and had booked a room in a residence just near the university. And now, I’m two or three (not sure when i start university exactly) weeks away from moving out. To a new place. A new city. Where I’ll know no one. I’ll have to live by myself. Make new friends (something I’m really bad at in real life, cause I’m so shy at first and I’m not myself and everything is awkward). The excitement from the begining has slowly been sustitued by fear. This doesn’t mean I’m not excited anymore. I still am. But fear is bigger than excitement at the moment. So. Where I wanted to go with this is… You’ve moved out. Twice. So you might have an idea of how I’m feeling and I was hoping you could give me some advice as to how you managed to overcome the fear or how was your experience. The thing is, although I’m scared as hell and this is probably the craziest thing I’ve ever done, I don’t regret having made this choice. I know I want to go there. I want to start finding myself. I want to surround myself with people who have the same interests as I do and make new and good friends. I want to experience life. I want to learn, even if it’s from mistakes. I know I need to push myself to do this so I can grow up, mature and be a better person and start to be who I want to be. So I’m not going back. I’m not regretting it. But I’m scared. Scared of not making friends. Scared of being alone in classes. Of not having someone to go out with. Scared of not fitting in this new life. I’m so scared and excited and it’s such a weird sentation.
PS: I’m sorry this was such a long message, but I really needed to express my feelings to someone and, as always, that someone is you.
PS2: If you read it all til the very end… I. Love. You. Even. More. Than. Ever ( Which is still soooo much) and I can’t believe you actually took time of your busy life to read a story about my life, an ordinary teenager. I completely adore you.
PS3: I also wanted you to know that one of the reasons why I’m keeping on with this and forcing myself to stay strong besides fear… Has been you. You taught me to push myself to do things that I wouldn’t normally do, to step out of my comfort zone, in order to be a better me. You gave me the courage I needed to decide for myself and take control of my life. And also to try new things and experience life. And be fearless. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I love you so much taylorswift