Category Archives: Spain

Barcelona – Campions :o)

So, Barcelona won! And in style. Abidal, after starting treatment for a liver tumour only 10 weeks ago, raised the Champions League cup following goals by Pedro, Messi and Villa (and Rooney I guess!) And Gerard Pique went home with a rather original souvenir, apparently following a tradition set by the Barcelona basketball team!

See in the New Year, Spanish style!

As the clock in the Puerta del Sol in Madrid strikes midnight, people across Spain will be attemptig to eat 12 grapes before the ‘bongs’ finish. As OrangePolkaDot tells us, the supermarkets sell special packs of twelve grapes to help you suceed! Why? This blog post suggests that it is may have been due to […]

Comida española – Flickr group

In what seems like a past life sometimes when I used to teach Spanish to secondary pupils, we used a text book called Vaya.  Apart from my gripe about their assertion that Spaniards have pets ‘grillos’ on their balconies (yet to meet one!), my other main problem with the book / course was the fact […]

¡Inocente Inocente!

Today is El Día de los Santos Inocentes in Spain and other Hispanic countries, their equivalent of April Fools Day.  But it goes deeper than that as it has its roots in the story of Christmas when Herod ordered the killing of all baby boys, and Mary and Joseph escaped with Jesus having been warned […]

News Time Spanish

Today sees the beginning of another wonderful offering from Radio Lingua Network as episode 1 of NewsTime Spanish is launched. Made by a highly talented trio – Mark ‘Mr RadioLingua’ Pentleton, José ‘just say Edmodo and I melt’ Picardo and Chris ‘where’s it to?’ Fuller, this weekly podcast keeps you up to date with news […]

Las cruces de mayo

Thanks to an e-mail from Speekee, my knowledge of Spanish festivals has just grown! This weekend in Spain’s festive year it’s The May Crosses – Las Cruces de Mayo. Las Cruces de Mayo form a Spanish tradition which dates back to Roman times. Anyone can take part in making the decorative crosses, usually achieved by […]