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Game of Thrones Comes to Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 24, 2014

Calling all fellow Game of Thrones fans: care to catch a coveted sneak peek at the kingdom of Dorne? Most viewers will behold, for the first time, small screen imagery of the seventh realm sometime next year when season five of HBO’s most popular show ever finally airs. But keep in mind that some filming locations for next season have already been announced; parts of Spain’s southern province and city of Seville will serve as the southron region of the mythical continent of Westeros. All this certainly means that a journey to Seville may be in order, where you’ll get an early first-hand glimpse of Dornish esthetic appeal. … read more »

Beautiful Beaches in Spain

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, July 16, 2014

10 Beautiful Beaches and Cozy Coves in Spain July is the perfect month to hit the beach and cool off in the water. Join us and explore some of Spain’s lesser-known beach paradises … read more »

The Mercedes and the Discovery

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 10, 2014

Although they sound like two cars, in reality these are something quite different. The Mercedes, really Nuestra Señora de las Mercedes (Our Lady of Mercy) was a Spanish naval frigate transporting goods and money between the New World and Spain. In 1804, within eye shot of the coast of Spain, this ship was sunk during the battle of Cape Santa Maria… read more »

Top 10 Movie Locations in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, July 03, 2014

Spanish Locations Today, Spain is a country that is very popular with film director and producers. Thanks to the excellent combination of a diverse geography, excellent infrastructure and cheaper filming costs means that you have probably seen more of Spain than you may have imagined. The arrival of the international productions really began in the 50's when David Lean discovered the deserts of Almería when he shot Lawrence of Arabia. In this list, let's see if you recognize any of these Spanish locations… read more »

Ana Matute (1925-2014)

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The world has just lost a woman who knew how to capture in words that sense of shock, that childlike disbelief experienced when you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a war occurring right in your front yard (like she did). Ana María Matute has died, a fundamental figure in the literature of post-civil war Spain . Just months ago she finished her latest novel… read more »

Kings of Spain named Felipe

by John Bascombe on Friday, June 20, 2014

Spain has just enthroned her sixth King Felipe. The following is a quick peek at the kingly lives of these six Felipes… read more »

Youth Orchestras in Spain

by John Bascombe on Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Young Spanish Musicians Music is the backbone of this conglomeration of traditions, languages, geographies, and cultures that we call Spain. Spanish heritage is surprisingly rich and diverse, and the music here, in its most “classic” form, provides a special source of inspiration for many Spaniards. Spain has 45 symphonic and/or philharmonic orchestras, but we’ll be taking a quick peek at Spanish youth orchestras… read more »

Watching Soccer in Spanish

by John Bascombe on Thursday, June 12, 2014

After reading an article in the Wall Street Journal , an interesting dilemma has come forth for the North American viewer of the World Cup. Is it a better soccer experience watching the game with commentary in a language you may (or may not) know better than English?… read more »

Multilingual American Presidents

by John Bascombe on Thursday, June 05, 2014

Americans get a bad rap for not being able to speak a language other than English and that includes their global representative and leader—POTUS or The President of the United States. While heads of state from other countries can give speeches or press conferences in another language (English, more frequently than not) we always see American presidents with an interpreter in tow or just plain speaking in English like to a crowd of Germans at the Brandenburg Gate. Is this image representative of the American capacity to speak another language?… read more »

The Spanish King Abdicates

by John Bascombe on Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Juan Carlos I, King of Spain On June 2, 2014, at around noon, the news started to spread. Even though it may not have a been a complete surprise there was a shockwave that hit the Spanish and international press outlets: Juan Carlos I, King of Spain, let it be known that he was going to abdicate in favor of his son Felipe, who will soon be known as Felipe VI (Philip VI)… read more »

Electrical Appliance Symbols in Spain

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 29, 2014

Travel to Spain One of the best travel opportunities you can have as a tourist is coming to a country like Spain and living in a house or flat just like a typical Spaniard . This kind of experience is unique and incredibly gratifying since you get a perspective that a regular tourist can only dream of. Not living in a hotel means that you’ll have the chance to go to the different neighborhood stores to buy your meat, produce, bread and groceries. You’ll meet and talk to people from the neighborhood in the corner bar while you’re having a coffee and churro for breakfast. But not all is sidewalk cafes and roses…there is a downside to all of this greatness (as there usually is). One day you will have to use the oven, dishwasher or washing machine. It’s then when things start to get a little sketchy and you'll begin to question the wiseness of not staying in that 4 star cubicle… read more »

Champions League Final 2014

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 15, 2014

Madrid Derby: Real Madrid - Atlético de Madrid History will be made in Lisbon on Saturday May 24 th as Madrid’s two most famous football institutions compete in the final of the UEFA Champions Leagu e. It will be the first time in the history of this prestigious tournament that two sides from the same city will play against each other in the deciding fixture. The match at the end of May will be the 155 th played between the two teams in a rivalry that extends all the way back to 1928… read more »

The Search for Cervantes' Bones

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 08, 2014

Miguel de Cervantes Miguel de Cervantes is one of the most famous figures in Spanish literary history, his greatest work “ Don Quijote de la Mancha ” is generally considered to be the first ever modern European novel; and such was his influence on the Spanish language, it is often referred to as the “lengua de Cervantes”. Given the prestige of his work, many of the circumstances surrounding his life, his death and his burial are somewhat surprising… read more »

Spanish Activities at don Quijote

by John Bascombe on Thursday, May 01, 2014

Here’s a quick peek at a few of dQ’s upcoming excursions, extra courses, and fun activities, all designed to give you personal insight into the rich culture you’re immersed in. Participating in these events is also a great way to get to know your classmates better and maybe even get to know their culture – students often make life-long international friendships during their study abroad courses.  … read more »

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