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¡Valencia está ardiendo!

by Sara on Wednesday, March 07, 2018

Ya están aquí, ya han empezado, toda España mira a la costa, ¡Valencia entera está en fallas!… read more »

Valencia’s burning!

by Trad by Mark on Tuesday, March 06, 2018

They’re here, they’ve already started, and as all of Spain looks to the coast, Valencia is fully in the throes of its famous and enthralling festivities- the Fallas!… read more »

Mercado de la Lonja del Barranco, much more than a market.

by Trad by Mark on Monday, February 26, 2018

Today we decided to go for a "mercantile" trip around the city of Seville. We are going to visit one of the most important markets in the city and tell you all the secrets, so when you visit Seville you know where to go… read more »

All about Spanish Names, Nicknames and Last Names

by Becca on Friday, February 16, 2018

One of the "tricky" questions related to Spanish culture is about Spanish names; along with all of the history and tradition involved in Spanish name culture. Imagine you’ve just arrived in Spain; now, imagine you’re introduced to someone named "Pepe García Paredes." You might think his name, based on the order it comes in, is: first name, Pepe; middle name, García; last name, Paredes. But after a week or so in Spain, you will have discovered that García is not his middle name at all, but rather part of his last name. Then you might think, "ok, his name is Pepe and his last name is García-Paredes," (one of those curious hyphenated last names). But no, after another week or so you realize that they are actually two different last names: one is García and the other, Paredes. And then, to complicate things even further, after another week in Spain, you realize that his given name is actually not Pepe, but rather José… read more »

En torno a los nombres, apodos y apellidos españoles

by Diego on Thursday, February 15, 2018

Una de las cuestiones “peliagudas” en torno a la cultura española es la de los nombres y todo lo que ello conlleva. Bien… si te presentan a un tal “Pepe García Paredes” te haces la composición de lugar: su primer nombre es Pepe, el segundo García y su apellido es Paredes. Sin embargo, tras una semana descubres que García no es un segundo nombre sino un apellido. Bien, piensas que se llama Pepe y su apellido es García-Paredes (uno de esos curiosos apellidos compuestos). Pues no, pasa otra semana y te das cuenta de que los suyos son dos apellidos diferenciados: por un lado García y por otro Paredes. Para colmo, tras otra semana más te das cuenta de que su nombre no es Pepe sino José… read more »

La Navidad en Latinoamérica

by Diego on Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Si la Navidad es mágica en todos los hogares, en los de Latinoamérica lo es aún más. Se unen tradiciones antiquísimas con otras llevadas por los españoles, se puede dar el caso de que la Navidad se celebre a pleno sol. En Latinoamérica hay una Navidad fascinante, curiosísima y con mucho color. ¿Os gustaría conocer algunos de sus aspectos?… read more »

Christmas in Latin America

by Trad by Mark on Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Christmas is magical in every home, and in Latin America even more so. Here, o ld traditions are united with more brought from Spain, all often celebrated by the warming light of a summer’s sun . All of this makes for a fascinating, curious and very colorful celebration. Would you like to know more?… read more »

Halloween también habla español

by Diego on Monday, October 30, 2017

Halloween se acerca y una pequeña polémica se reaviva: ¿hemos traicionado los países hispanohablantes a nuestras raíces convirtiendo en algo superficial algo tan profundo como el día de difuntos? … read more »

El Picasso desconocido

by Diego on Friday, October 20, 2017

El gran orgullo de Málaga es haber sido lugar de nacimiento de uno de los mayores genios de la pintura, Pablo Picasso . Todos conocemos su obra y su estilo, pero muchos desconocen algunos de los detalles más curiosos de su vida. ¿Queréis conocerlos?… read more »

The Unknown Picasso

by Trad by Mark on Friday, October 20, 2017

Malaga ’s great pride is being the birthplace of one of the greatest geniuses of painting, Pablo Picasso . We all know his work and his style, but many are unaware of some of the most curious details of his life. Do you want to learn about some of them?… read more »

Mantenerse (alguien) en sus trece.

by Sara on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

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Standing your ground, or “keeping to your thirteen” in Spanish

by Trad by Mark on Wednesday, October 18, 2017

In Spanish, we can say “ mantenerse en sus trece ” which translates literally to “keep to one’s thirteen”. Yet this isn’t talking about a thirteen-year-old who doesn’t want to grow any more. Far from it… read more »

Mystery and meaning in the Day of the Dead

by Trad by Mark on Monday, October 16, 2017

The Day of the Dead is a very special day in Mexico . Far from being a sad or gloomy day, its color, animation and aesthetics celebrate life and its triumph over death. It is something that goes beyond the sweets, makeup, the attire... That is why we are going to show you the meanings behind the beauty of this day… read more »

Misterio y significados del día de los muertos

by Diego on Monday, October 16, 2017

El día de los muertos es un día muy especial en México . Lejos de ser una jornada triste o tétrica, su color, su animación y su estética celebran la vida y su triunfo sobre la muerte. Es algo que va más allá de los dulces, del maquillaje, de la vestimenta… Por eso os vamos a mostrar los significados que hay detrás de la belleza de este día… read more »

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