Tag Archives: Spain

B is for Bable and Basque

Each of the autonomous regions in Spain have their own language in addition to Spanish, which they call Castellano, or Castilian. The most well-known is Catalan, but that begins with C, so let’s look instead at Bable and Basque.   … Continue reading

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What is La Tomatina?

La Tomatina is celebrated on the last Wednesday in August, in the Plaza del Pueblo, Buñol, Valencia. Nobody remembers for definite the origins of this grand-scale food fight, but there are many suggestions ranging from a local food fight amongst … Continue reading

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Apokries, Carnaval and Shrove Tuesday

While teaching a Spanish lesson on the months of the year a few months back, I pinned up a picture of a witch for “octubre”. One of the boys put his hand up and said that he found that confusing … Continue reading

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How do they celebrate Christmas in Spain?

Christmas lights start going up in towns from the end of November, or early December. Christmas trees are quite popular now, although the more traditional decoration is the nativity scene (known as a belén)  which can be found in churches, … Continue reading

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Tuesday November 13th

If you live in Spain or Greece you’re probably being extra careful today.  Tuesday 13th – that unlucky day when things are bound to go wrong… Tuesday? Not Friday? No. Although for UK, USA and most other countries in the … Continue reading

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The Sagrada Familia

  As a leaving present, one of my Year 4 pupils made me a cardboard model of the Sagrada Familia. I’m impressed! She was disappointed that she hadn’t had time to finish it before I left, but we agreed that … Continue reading

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The Spanish Armada and the Daydreaming Child

A few weeks ago, while working in a school as a supply teacher, I taught a lesson about Spain, and I was finding out from the children what they already knew. One of them said he had heard of the … Continue reading

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