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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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El rey Juan Carlos I de España abdica

El 2 de junio de 2014 nos ha sorprendido a todos los españoles debido a una noticia de alcance: el rey Juan Carlos I, tras 39 años en el trono de España, abdica.

Si sois residentes en España y habéis visto las noticias quizá os sorprenda: primero por el momento histórico y segundo por el uso de una palabra que apenas se utiliza en nuestro idioma.
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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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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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Characters who Give out Gifts in Spain

A friend of ours told us that, once, when he was little, he asked his grandmother how the Three Kings were able to bring toys on time to all the children in Spain. The old woman, who knew many of the old traditions, told the boy that the kings weren’t the only ones who gave out gifts on Christmas. In fact, there were many who helped them. Continue reading…

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October 12th and Columbus Day

On October 12, 1492, Christopher Columbus arrived in America, perhaps he wasn’t the first European to do it (we all know the store about Vinland of the Vikings or the theory that attributes the discovery to an English sailor called Amerike) but the one we celebrate on this date is precisely the day that the small Spanish fleet arrived in Guanahani (San Salvador). Continue reading…

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Spanish popular culture landmarks that you should know

You’ve studied Iberian culture inside out and the when you hit a bar with some friends, suddenly you feel completely lost, because you haven’t got the faintest clue what they are talking about, right? What random cultural terms are they using? Continue reading…

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Madrid opens its own “Walk of Fame”

Even if we have never been there, we all know “the walk of fame”. Yes, that place where we can walk on stars with the names of the main Hollywood actors and directors. Continue reading…

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¡Happy birthday, Rafa!

One of the greatest sportsman in Spain turn 25: the tennis player Rafa Nadal.
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