Hippie/Bohemian spots?

Aug 26th, 2004, 09:46 AM
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Hippie/Bohemian spots?

ill be living in spain for a few months come september and was wondering if there are any hippie/bohemian hot spots I should know about. I'm a college student, but I suppose I would fit into the hippie category, as I am a huge jam band fan. Trying to see if I may find some small hippie sub culture in madrid, or in spain in general. concert venues, bars, restaurants, etc. thanks
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Aug 26th, 2004, 09:48 AM
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Aug 26th, 2004, 01:08 PM
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Somehow I sense that the term "hippie" has changed from 1964.
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Aug 26th, 2004, 02:47 PM
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hmmm... as a former hippie chick, I don't know what people are calling hippie nowadays nor in Spain, although I think the word Bohemian is applied to artsy/hip (but not slick hip) venues and neighborhoods. Spain is a big place--I know some electic, diverse areas of Madrid that I liked, although I don't know other cities, so if you are going to be there, that's good.

In Madrid, I liked the Lavapies/La Latina neighborhoods -- metro stops by that name--basically area between Lavapies, La Latin and Anton Martin metro stops. Some "Bohemian" club/bar names I remember there are La Mancha (c/Miguel Servet) and El Desperta on Torecilla de Leal. I think the Malasana area north of Gran Via near Bilbao metro stop (these others are south) is a popular, hip area but Lavapies seemed more working class. Clamores jazz club is popular in the Malasana area. If you're in Madrid, it's great and a lot of fun -- just explore some in these areas.

I saw a lot of street people in Madrid, but they weren't hippies, just bums--although young ones--or those with substance abuse or mental problems. I think of other places as more of the hippie flashback experience (like Prague).
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Young people seem to favor Barcelona; myself, I prefer Madrid. Cadaques was bohemian as was/is Mojacar. Have fun.
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Formentera, off Ibiza, is another place.
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Aug 26th, 2004, 05:15 PM
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thanks for the tips.
i meant 'hippie' in the most liberal use of the word. free spirited, peaceful, yoga loving person who enjoys more 60's music and bluegrass to a typical college student's choice of el kapital or such discos.
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i am totally surprised that a young person, except maybe an ancient history major would even know the term "hippie"! Maybe we did make a mark!!

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Well since Spain has decriminalized pot you'll find lots of interesting bars. Not as "legal" (sure to set Suze off) as Amsterdam - can't buy it in shops but very prevalent; I've seen folks smoking the ganja weed very openly in public.
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Speaking as one of the original hippies from SFO no less, now days when my friends and I ask each other if we look hippy, we mean do we look to fat in our pants. Sigh. Have fun ela7117.
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When you finally get there perhaps you could finally define the SO VERY VERY last Century term "hip" for us.

The Chueca section in Madrid might be a place you'd find interesting, too.
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Aug 27th, 2004, 05:58 AM
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>...perhaps you could finally define the SO VERY VERY last Century term "hip" for us.<

Sorry, TM, "hippie" don't mean "hip".

So, what do you so very, very modern types call "hip"?
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Aug 27th, 2004, 10:52 AM
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I suspect Topman was trying to slam me with that snide remark as I used that term in my post. I know lots and lots of people who use the term hip, and many are quite urban, sophisticated and young.

The Chueca section of Madrid is an example of a place that is more hip than hippie.
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Aug 27th, 2004, 01:37 PM
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one can be a hip hippie, with regards to the kind of classificiations young people/teens like to use these days in america. a hippie no longer has to be a 60's flower child who has memories of woodstock. its merely an easy way to classify someone who shares similar ideals and passions to those of the stereotypical peace maker. to compare the terms to something tangible like where one shops, i would break it down like this...
i say you would find a 'hippie' youth shopping for clothes at vintage stores (the cheap ones, if you can find them anymore), thrift stores, or small boutiques. they have a love for flowing, light, silky wardrobes...
the hip youth shop at designer stores, and are getting into vintage shoping, but are playing extremly high prices. they look at magazines like vogue for advice. maybe you'd find them at urban outfitters and bloomingdales.
the hip hippe is someone who you may find at anthropologie. clearly an expensive store, but with a clean, soft, down to earth feel.
all of these classificiations are stereotypes and clearly unfair, since thats what stereotypes typically are. but it does describe the three categories well in my opinion. and you'd never find a hip hippie, or hippie wearing a prada, LV, or gucci bag, only the hip.
the term i say is most commonly used to describe the fashionable, hip people of today, amongst the young generation, is stylish, trendy(what a horrible concept), and bohemian.
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