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Oscar Dominguez – Spanish Surrealist Painter

by laurence on Thursday, September 24, 2015

A keen user of the painting technique decalcomania Oscar Dominguez was a surrealist painter in the early 20 th Century. Heavily influenced by Pablo Picasso and Yves Tanguy, Domínguez died at the age of 51 in 1957, and despite his relatively short career, he enjoyed much success with several of his paintings selling for thousands of dollars… read more »

Federico García Lorca – Blood Wedding

by laurence on Thursday, September 10, 2015

Let's talk a little bit about Spanish literature today. The works of Federico García Lorca  not only represent masterful writing, but they also play an important role in Spain's cultural history… read more »

Cuenca – City in Spain

by laurence on Thursday, September 03, 2015

The fascinating medieval city of Cuenca , capital of the province of Cuenca, is located just between Valencia and Madrid. Cuenca remained fairly unknown until the Muslim occupation, and was then conquered in the 12 th Century by the Christians… read more »

Miguel Angel Jimenez

by laurence on Thursday, August 20, 2015

Spanish golfer , Miguel Angel Jiménez, was born in Malaga, Spain. In the initial years of his sporting career, he finished amongst the best 100 players ranked according to the European Tour Order of Merit each season since 1989, and won an impressive 5 th position in 1994. While playing at the Volvo Masters, during the 7 th hole in Valderrama, Jiménez is famed for scoring an albatross (otherwise known as a double eagle), which refers to a score, on an individual hole, of 3-under par… read more »

Alejandro Amenábar

by laurence on Thursday, August 06, 2015

Alejandro Amenábar is a widely respected film director and prominent artistic personality in the Spanish speaking world; over the span of his career in the film industry, Amenábar has been the recipient of multiple awards, including a European film award and 8 Goya Awards. His passion for film manifests in the personal edge Amenábar brings to his works, having composed nearly every soundtrack to each of his 6 Spanish films , and having written the screenplays himself in addition… read more »

Oaxaca - Culinary Capital of Mexico

by laurence on Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oaxaca is one of the largest cities in Mexico , and is the capital of the state of the same name. It is a city that is particularly popular for its diverse traditions and cultures, as well as its historical past. Oaxaca is also especially famous for its food, indeed it has been hailed as “Mexico’s culinary capital”… read more »

Show us your Favorite Discovery and Win a Prize!

by laurence on Monday, July 13, 2015

Versión española abajo … read more »

La Lengua de las Mariposas - Spanish Movie

by laurence on Thursday, July 09, 2015

Butterfly's Tongue Known in English as Butterfly’s Tongue or more simply Butterfly , La Lengua de Las Mariposas focuses on life in Galician Spain just prior to the Spanish Civil War. Although not one of director’s, José Luis Cuerda , most famous films, this film, which is portrayed through the eyes of a young child, depicts the events while showing the struggles that families were faced with at the time… read more »

Benidorm - Holidays in Spain

by laurence on Thursday, June 25, 2015

Benidorm is famed as one of the most popular Spanish tourist resorts on the Mediterranean. Situated in the province of Alicante , Benidorm is a coastal town packed full of hotels, restaurants and apartment buildings, which together endow the seaside resort with a particularly memorable skyline… read more »

Viscaya Bridge - World Heritage Sites in Spain

by laurence on Thursday, June 11, 2015

Built in 1893, the famous Vizcaya Bridge in the port of Bilbao is the connection point between Las Arenas and Portugalete. It crosses the River Ibaizabal, and is the world’s oldest transporter bridge , usually referred to as the Puente Colgante, which can be translated as either suspension bridge , or hanging bridge … read more »

Popular Spanish First Names

by laurence on Thursday, May 28, 2015

Despite the stereotypes surrounding Spanish first names , not every Spanish man is a Pedro nor every woman a Carmen. Indeed, in past generations, Carmen was a firm favorite, extremely common for Spanish girls born in the early 20 th century and for many years afterwards, along with  Josefa and, of course, María. Right up until the 1950s, these names dominated the list of baby names for girls in Spain, and in the same way, Francisco, Manuel, Antonio and José hogged the top spots for boys´ names for a prolonged period… read more »

Game of Thrones - Boosting Andalusia's Tourism

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 21, 2015

It seems like Game of Thrones fever has even gripped Spain's political world. During his first trip to the European Union since his succession to the throne the Spanish king, Felipe VI, was presented with a box set of the GoT series by the Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias. In October 2014, GoT started filming in Spain using Andalusia as the setting for parts of its fifth series. In a previous blog post we talked about the locations used and about how the filming in Spain will put Spanish cities such as Seville on the world map. In this article I want to talk in more detail about this second point looking at how Spain's tourist industry and society have benefited from the arrival of this fantasy series to their towns and cities… read more »

Death Road - El Camino de la Muerte

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 14, 2015

The World's Most Dangerous Road Several websites have released lists of the roads that they consider to be the most dangerous in the world. Routes in many different countries including China's Guoliang Tunnel Road and the Trans-Siberian Highway in Russia are often mentioned. However, among all of the roads around the world, one stands out as particularly treacherous. It constantly features on the aforementioned countdowns and in 1995 the Inter-American Development Bank christened it as the “world's most dangerous road.” Its name is the North Yungas Road but it is commonly known by its nickname Death Road (el Camino de la Muerte). In this article we will answer the following questions: Who built it? Why is it so dangerous? Do people still use it? And finally, is there an alternative if you do not want to put your life on the line?… read more »

Curious Non-traditional Sports in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Spain is famous for its strong soccer traditions, particularly after its national team clinched the coveted world cup title in 2010. But fútbol isn’t the country’s only sport; Pau Gasol has slam dunked his way to Spanish basketball greatness, Rafa Nadal has brought great attention to Spain via the tennis court, Ogruu is the father of jugger in Spain, and the Barcelona Eagles competed in the 2013 European Quidditch tournament the “Brussels Muscles Invitational”. Indeed, the European Quidditch tournament. Spain’s also got athletes passionately competing in many decidedly off beat and obscure sports , some of which we’ll take a candid look at below… read more »

Talent Shows in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, April 16, 2015

When discussing the topic of talent shows in Spain, perhaps our thoughts turn to international franchises such as Masterchef or La Voz . However, this article will aim to go back to the beginning of this television genre in Spain looking at its origins, its development and its success nowadays… read more »

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