Posts Tagged ‘Spanish Culture’

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Who’s the Spanish Version of Your Favorite Singer? (II)

A few weeks ago we compared some of the most well-known English-language singers with some of the most well-known in the Spanish language. It was a pretty great list if we do say so ourselves, but we thought we’d give you a few more! So listen up, pump up the volume and get ready to listen to Spanish versions of…
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The Strangest Monuments in Spain

Spain has some monuments that could strike visitors as very strange because of their odd shape, history or location. Take a look at some of the ones we think stand out the most.

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Puentes: Long Weekends in Spain

There’s an old joke in Spain that goes, the best “puentes” (bridges) in Spain are the Puente Nuevo in Ronda (Malaga), the one in Triana (Seville), the “puente” at Semana Santa (or Holy Week) and the “puente” for el día de la constitución (Constitution Day). These last two are not actually “bridges” but rather a figure of speak we use to talk about the days we take off between two holidays. They are similar to “bank holidays” or “public holidays,” but with subtle differences.
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Leaving a Tip in Spain

You’re in a café in Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville… it’s time to go, you ask for the check and the moment you’ve feared has come… How much do you leave for a tip?

You’re not the only one who has asked this question. Many tourists and students who come to our country don’t know how much money they should leave to show their gratitude for good service.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Spain

Coming to a new country is always exciting. But you can’t help feeling disoriented and confused for the first few days, especially when you want to organize some kind of activity or trip. So, we’ve come up with this list of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions we get, to help you feel a little more at home.

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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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Festivals in and around Madrid

Madrid is split into different barrios (districts) and given that each one has its own fiesta celebrations at different times of the year, you will never be bored in Madrid. You will also find other places outside of Madrid city centre, which have their own festival traditions. Each place will have a time to shine during the year when it’s their turn to host a “fiesta”. Let’s have a look through the Madrid calendar and see what the city and the surrounding area have to offer.

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The Malaga Fair 2013

La Feria de Malaga, or the Malaga fair, takes place every year during the month of August to commemorate the taking of the city by the Catholic Monarchs on the 18 August 1487 during the Reconquista.

The festivities consist of 10 nights and 9 days of celebration starting on a Friday night, and kicking off with a magnificent firework display, and ending on a Sunday. Different events go on throughout the city during the feria, categorized mainly into “feria de noche” (night) and “feria de día” (day). The night time fair takes place at the big fairground on the edge of the city, and lasts from 9pm until sunrise. In true Spanish style, there is food, drinking, dancing and live music. Traditional flamenco outfits are worn and there is a very fun and happy atmosphere. There is also an impressive firework display every night.

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I miss Spain because… (by Elaine Abonal)

–         …everything was in Spanish (of course!) and I spoke, breathed, and lived the Spanish culture and lifestyle. I went to the Enforex language schools in Salamanca, Valencia, and Sevilla (I’ve been to Spain 4 times) and had the BEST teachers! Enforex took care of us so well – from being picked up from the airport to organizing weekend trips to being transferred to our houses. I also met other students from different parts of the world and I always looked forward to going to class every day. Continue reading…

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New version of our Spanish Culture Newsletter

July is really great month at Enforex! In our never-ending quest to offer a better experience to our users, we’ve decided to overhaul our successful Spanish Culture Newsletter. The first issue of this new edition has just been released. As you can see, we have changed some of the old sections. Now the content is more interesting and focuses deeeper on Spanish idiosyncrasies. We’ve divided it up into new topics, such as Famous People, Typically Spanish or Gastronomy, along with a special space where we talk about our business and the latest news. We think you’ll really enjoy the new themes! And remember, you can subscribe to our newsletter and receive each new issue in your e-mail inbox every month. Please find below one of the articles we’ve written for the July edition; to read the rest of them, just click on the Spanish culture tab on this blog or navigate to the homonym section placed within our official website. Continue reading…

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