Trust us when we say that culture shock while studying abroad is real. We’ve all been there: You´re walking along a picturesque street one quiet afternoon when the surreal realization hits you like a flash of vertigo – Whoa, I am actually living in another country. Or maybe you’re standing in line at the grocery store and can’t get over how close the guy behind you is standing… a little personal space, please? And of course we can’t forget the inevitable scenario of finding yourself in conversation with a girl who is literally speaking at the speed of light, and you realize with horror that you have no idea what she just said …aaand cue the nervous laughter.
The summers in Madrid are known to be some of the hottest in the country, especially in the months of July and August. Temperatures exceed 30°C (86°F) on a daily basis, so venturing down a sunny street at four in the afternoon is a risky endeavor best left for the cold-blooded.
It’s often said (and only half-jokingly) that one of the major problems of our capital city is that there’s no beach nearby (in fact, one of Spain’s best-known songs of the ’80s was about this fact). But regardless of Madrid’s land-locked location in the center of the country, and despite suffering the intense heat of the meseta central (inner plateau), the city has much to offer in the summer months.
The Spanish love of soccer is something mythical, but its passion for its national team, Spain’s national selection, is truly legendary. If the team, known as “The Red Fury”, “The Fury”, or simply “The Red” (although technically that nickname also corresponds to the Chilean national team) is playing, the country comes to a standstill. Everything becomes eerily quiet, at least until one of their players begins approaching the opposite goal… And God help the channel that isn’t playing the game on TV, because its ratings are guaranteed to fall sharply! It doesn’t matter if it’s for a huge championship competition or just a friendly game: if The Red is playing, the fans will follow.
Como ocurre con todos los idiomas, aprender español presenta aspectos más sencillos y otros que pueden no resultarlo tanto. ¿Cuáles son estos pros y estos contras a la hora de “enfrentarse” a nuestro idioma?
La tradición histórica de España conlleva una riqueza cultural poco comparable con otros países. Uno de los aspectos que también se ha beneficiado de este hecho es la música. Pese a lo que pueda pensarse, el flamenco no es la única herencia musical española, aunque su importancia ha sido capital desde su origen práctico en el siglo XVIII.
Pamplona is famous for its fiesta of San Fermín, which is arguably the most famous festival in Spain. It is a long-standing festival, which was made famous by the American author Ernest Hemingway in his book “The Sun Also Rises”. Since this discovery, over a million of people visit this city of just 200,000 residents to enjoy nine days of non-stop partying and celebration and indeed the famed “running of the bulls”.