As the summer is just round the corner and we are all waiting to set off for a journey, we have decided to help you a bit with the linguistic preparation if you are going to a Spanish speaking country. Here you will find some useful vocabulary and expression that you might need to use while traveling.
Come and discover these unique, truly Spanish, traditions during the Holy Week preceding Easter. They are real signs of Spanish identity and display an extraordinary cultural wealth that will stay in your memory for a long time.
In Spain almost 70% of the population are Catholics and the country has got a strong Christian tradition. During one of the weeks of April, Catholics celebrate Easter
Proclaimed first European Cultural Route by the Council of Europe in 1987, the Camino de Santiago is the route taken by pilgrims from around the world to reach the city of Santiago de Compostela. Legend holds that St. James’s remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain where he was buried on what is now the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela.
The earliest records of visits to the shrine dedicated to St. James at Santiago de Compostela date from the 9th century. The pilgrimage to the shrine (more…)
Here are some facts that make Spain an ideal winter destination. Whether you are looking for snow and winter sports or just on the contrary, some sunny beaches and mild, warm temperatures, Spain has it all! These are our suggestions:
ENJOY THE SNOW
Put your coat and boots on, grab the snowboard or skis and start sliding down the snowy slopes of Spain, the second most mountainous country in Europe.
Chupa Chups is a popular brand of lollipop and other confectionery sold in over 150 countries around the world. The brand was founded by Enric Bernat in 1958.
The name of the brand comes from the Spanish verb chupar, meaning “to suck”. Bernat got the idea of a “bonbon with a stick” (more…)
October 12 commemorates the discovery of America in 1492, so each Spanish-speaking country celebrates it in some way or another. The discovery of America resulted in the so-called “meeting of two worlds” that transformed the life and the world-view of Europeans and Americans and was followed by European colonization of America.
Although it is a public holiday in Latin America, the relevance of this day is (more…)
WHAT DOES “TODO EL PESCADO VENDIDO” MEAN?
It means that a situation or a subject has a clear and definite quality that does not allow doubt or that cannot be changed. There is no point in waiting for some decision as it has already been made.
This expression comes from the times when the fishmongers went to sell in the shops until all the fish have been sold out meaning that at around 12 o´clock (at midday) they were (more…)
FLAMENCO is a genuine Spanish art, and to be more exact a genuine Andalusian art. It includes cante(singing), toque(guitar playing), baile(dance) and palmas(handclaps). Flamenco dance, Baile, is a highly-expressive, solo dance characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm and body movements.
From July 6th to 14th every year the eyes of the whole Spain (and not only) is turned into Pamplona. The Sanfermines celebrations take place. When the chupinazo (ceremonial rocket) is fired the city explodes into life. Thousands of people from all over the world come to the city to live a unique experience. For nine days Pamplona dresses up in red and white and its streets turn into a feast of friendship, joy, music and partying.
The ‘encierro’ or The Running Of The Bulls is the most characteristic part of the Fiesta of San Fermin. (more…)
Every 10th day of June, the Portuguese celebrate their national holiday known as Dia de Portugal in the native tongue. It is referred to as Dia de Portugal in Portuguese but is officially known as Dia de Camões, de Portugal e das Comunidades Portuguesas.
The day marks the death of Luís de Camões on this date in 1580. Camões is best known for his work on Os Lusíadas , the national epic poem of Portugal that celebrates the nation’s successes and rich history.