Netflix got me like...
Yeah, I have been binge-watching Netflix for hours, and I just got inspired to write this piece of an article. Lately, I am so into the Spanish tv shows, and since I moved to Madrid, watching Netflix in Spanish, is no doubt my way to improve my language skills! Right? Well, it can be an excuse for chilling at home, but I swear I have watched everything, and indeed my Spanish got better. Some of those series got me asleep, while others kept me at home at weekends. Netflix defines binge-watching as finishing one season of a show within seven days of starting it…I guess that is the amateur’s perspective. My latest passion was (and I say was, cause I finished it in a weekend) the Netflix produced series “Las chicas del Cable” or simply, as known in the English speaking market, “The Cable Girls”.
Las Chicas del Cable is said to be Netflix’s first Spanish project. The show deals with the story of four women in a 1920’s Madrid setting, who work at a telecommunications company. The series tells the turn in life that those four young women take when they start working for this company. The four of them feel attached in different ways, to their families, their partners, or their memories. Part of the focus of the show is the hardships working women faced in the 1920s. What I specifically love about it, is the fact the women are being depicted struggling for liberation. They love working and being independent in what was said to be "a man’s world". Its feminist perspective and the melodrama is no doubt engaging. If you have not caught the first two seasons of this period drama, you must immediately, since the third one has just aired.
The setting - Madrid’s center
As mentioned above, the plot of the series evolves in the Spanish capital, and specifically in the centre of Madrid. When it comes to architecture, 1928 is not as distant as it seems. In the city’s most central streets, you can still admire the most iconic buildings, presented in the show. The “Cable girls” travel and live in places that you can still visit nowadays. Wanna find out about them?
In the heart of Madrid on Gran Vía, you can still find the Fundación Telefónica, which is a Spanish multinational broadband and telecommunications provider with operations in Europe, Asia, and North, Central, and South America. Operating globally, it is considered to be one of the largest telephone operators and mobile network providers in the world. This emblematic building is in fact the place where the show's characters work, and its interior is being seen almost in every episode.
The main characters of the show are constantly moving around the area of the prestigious “Gran Via”. Of course, since the objective of the series was to acquire a more Parisian touch, during filming, some modifications have been made to achieve it. In any case, if you ever go to Madrid while watching the show you would instantly recognize that it is set in Gran Via.
Gran Vía, MadridGran Vía, Madrid, Spain
Atocha railway station
One of the most “emotional scenes” of the series takes place exactly at the iconic train station of Atocha. In fact, the train station is considered to be a crucial spot, since the whole plot of the story starts there; the two young and crazy in love protagonists head to Atocha, where their new life is about to begin!
Madrid Atocha Railway Station28012 Madrid, Madrid, Spain
It is exciting visiting - or in my case living in - the city where your favorite tv show is set, right?
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