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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

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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 »

Role Models in the Spanish-Speaking World

by John Bascombe on Thursday, April 09, 2015

Nowadays there are many admirable, famous figures in the world who as well as leading successful careers have helped and are helping to make a real difference in our everyday society whether it be by campaigning for the protection of the environment orby fighting against poverty, homelessness or other social injustices. Perhaps when we think about great role models our thoughts turn to people such as the late Nelson Mandela, the former president of South Africa, or even Richard Branson,the founder of Virgin Group, for his charity Virgin Unite. However, what about in the Spanish-speaking world ? Are there any Hispanic figures whose examples we should seek to emulate? This article will aim to look at just a handful of the Hispanics who are trying to change the world for the better, examining the initiatives they have carried out and are carrying out to help people less fortunate than themselves and to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems… read more »

Spain's Peace Efforts

by John Bascombe on Thursday, March 26, 2015

National and International Peace Efforts In March 2015 the Royal Mint of Spain announced the release of a series of collector’s coins to celebrate “70 years of peace in Europe” with the obverse showing a bust of the new king Don Felipe VI.  However it is the reverse of the coin showing a dove with an olive branch which we want to focus on. To what extent has Spain made an effort to embrace, spread and work towards the concept represented by this universal symbol? This article aims to answer this question by looking at some of the different Spanish initiatives, institutions and paintings which are and were dedicated to promoting and spreading both national and international peace… read more »

Cork Production in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, March 19, 2015

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Jazz in Spain: From the Golden Age to Nowadays

by John Bascombe on Thursday, March 12, 2015

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