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Begging in Madrid

I am deeply concerned about poverty. I think social support in modern societies should provide the basic living standards that prevent people from becoming homeless and/or beggars. It is shocking to see the state of beggars in Madrid. On Gran Via (see my previous post), they sleep in their cartons at the middle of the day and hope that people give them some money. Unfortunately it appears that this situation is quite normal for local authorities since they don’t even bother to address this matter in areas frequented by international tourists.

A beggar confidently sleeping in front of people passing on the Gran Via Street:

A disabled man begging on the Gran Via street:

It is worth noting that although these beggars remind us of poverty, which is also present in the developed world and is really a sad state of affairs, some of Madrid’s beggars can make a lot of money: they first approach you and say something in Spanish; when you respond by sharing that you do not speak Spanish, they subsequently speak in English perfectly and ask you to give them just one Euro for a bus ticket or for some other need. I admire their talent and language skills.

* Both photos by me –click to enlarge.

Gran Vía

Gran Vía is one of Madrid’s most famous street located in central Madrid.

Gran Vía – towards Plaza del Callao

Gran Vía – Plaza del Callao

Gran Vía – Plaza del Callao

Plaza del Callao – Cine Callao

Gran Vía – seen from Plaza del Callao

Gran Vía – towards Plaza del Callao

Gran Vía – towards Plaza del Callao

Gran Vía – seen from Calle de Alcalá

* All photos by me –click to enlarge.

Plaza de Cibeles

The Plaza de Cibeles is one of Madrid’s famous squares.  At the centre of the square, the fountain of goddess Cibeles is one of Madrid’s favourite iconic symbols:

There are some landmark buildings surrounding the square including Cibeles Palace (Madrid City Hall):

and  Banco de España (the Bank of Spain)

* All photos by me –click to enlarge.