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King Juan Carlos I of Spain abdicates

On June 2, 2014, a royal announcement took Spain by surprise: after a 39 year reign King Juan Carlos I is to abdicate.
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Madrid and the two May feasts

Don’t worry; what you’ve read on the title isn’t wrong. It is not a mistake that we didn’t write “the feasts of the second of May”. Madrid enjoys not only one, but two festivities in the same month. A quick glance at a calendar will reveal that the days 2 and 15 are marked as holidays.
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April 23, World Book Day

As you may have in many advertisements in many places, April 23 is World Book Day. With all probability, there is a fair or a commemorative event being celebrated in your hometown with that occasion and, while you walk through the former or assist to the latter, you may wonder why precisely this is day celebrated when people read books every day. Continue reading…

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Por qué te conviene conseguir el DELE

A estas alturas ya sabrás qué es el DELE y que es el título oficial que otorga el Instituto Cervantes certificando tus conocimientos de español. Así que vamos a responder a una pregunta que seguramente te estás haciendo. ¿Por qué te conviene tener en tus manos esta certificación?
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Love, the Spanish way

Saint Valentine is here and, although most Spaniards take this date a purely commercial event, we all know that in every man and woman of this country beats a passionate and romantic heart. And this has been so since the world began. In fact, we can say that in the Spanish literature there are many types of love present. But let’s stop theorizing and give some examples.

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The first Thanksgiving Celebration was Spanish

Somebody once said, in a fit of irony, that after adopting Santa Claus and Halloween it wouldn’t surprise them to see the Spanish people celebrating something as North American as the Thanksgiving dinner. Well, as we have already cleared up that Santa Claus is in fact originally the European Saint Nicholas and that Halloween is a celebration with Celtic origins, we are now going to de-bunk another myth.

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Halloween, Spanish Style

Only recently have we started celebrating Halloween in Spain. True: it is not an official holiday, and some people don’t like it because it is “imported” or “disrespectful to the dead;” but it is also very popular and it becomes more so every year. Continue reading…

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Spanish dialects around the world

Spanish is the second most spoken language in the world, and the principles for this language are basically the same, but everywhere you go, whether it be in Spain or Latin America, the Spanish language is spoken slightly differently; in a different dialect. Continue reading…

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San Sebastián Film Festival 2013

The San Sebastián Film Festival has been a special date in the calendar every year since it was founded in 1953. It takes place in the small city of San Sebastián in the Basque Country and this international film festival has been declared as “A category” by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF). It has established itself as one of the most important film festivals of the world and hosted premieres for many important films in history, such as Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo”. This year the festival will take place between the 20th and 28th September and will be the 61st San Sebastián Festival. Continue reading…

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2020 Olympic Games

There’s not long left to find out who will be hosting the 2020 Olympic Games. On 7th September 2013 in Buenos Aires, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will select the host city for the summer Olympics which will take place in just under seven years’ time. But who is it going to be?

The three possibilities are that of Istanbul, Tokyo, or Spain’s very own capital city, Madrid.

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