Hola desde España

¡Buenos días estudiantes!

When we last spoke, I told you all a little bit about the city of Madrid, Spain: where it is on the map, how most families live, and the transportation system in Madrid. Also, were you able to figure out the time difference? Isn’t it a little strange to think that while you are sleeping, somewhere else in the world the sun is shining?

“What do I like to do for fun” is a great question, and to tell you about everything I will have to use some Spanish vocabulary. When I use a Spanish word, I will italicize it.

A very traditional activity in Spain is to watch a corrida de toros, or bullfight. To Americans, this can seem very cruel to animals, but to Spaniards, it is a very historical and important part of their culture. In the picture I will attach, you can see the matador, or bullfighter. He is using a red cape to persuade the bull to charge. It can be scary to watch, but I’m glad I got to see it!

A matador tempts the bull with his red cape.

Another time, my friends and I went to a restaurant called Casapatas to eat tapas, which are very traditional for a Spanish dinner. Sometimes, when Spaniards go out to eat, instead of ordering one big plate of food just for themselves, they will order 4, 5, or even 6 plates of food for the whole table to share. Each plate has a little bit of food on it, and this way the whole table gets to try a little bit of everything!

Some of the delicious tapas I ate!

After tapas, the restaurant hosted a flamenco show. Flamenco is a very traditional style of dance in Spain. Often, in a traditional flamenco show, there will be a woman with a long dress, that has many ruffles around her legs. She can dance alone, with another woman, or with a male flamenco dancer. When the man and the woman dance together, there is a lot of symbolism in  the dancing. The woman represents a matador, and her dress represents the capes the matador uses to engage the bull. The male flamenco dancer represents the bull that is fighting the matador. In the video I will try to attach, watch the dancers’ hands; the movements are very intricate. The interaction between the male and woman is very intense, and represents the fight between a matador and a toro, or bull.

The flamenco dancers move together beauitfully.

After the show, my friends and I stopped for another traditional food in Spain; a very popular dessert called churros con chocolate. Churros are a dough that has been fried, and tastes a Little like the fried elephant ears you can get at the Kentucky State Fair! With your churros,  you also get a cup of chocolate that has been melted, in which you dip the churros! ¡Qué rico!

Tasty churros con chocolate

But my friends and I do more than just eat! We also like to go exploring. One place we explored was Bernabéu Estadio, the stadium where the most famous soccer team in the world, REAL MADRID, plays!  Everywhere outside of the United States, soccer is called fútbol. In Spain everybody, boys and girls, play soccer for fun. It’s great exercise, and the people are very passionate about cheering for their teams. The biggest rivalry in Spain, if not the entire fútbol world is REAL MADRID verse BARCA. BARCA is the fútbol team from Barcelona, Spain. The rivalry is even bigger than Yankees verse Red Sox. Can you find Barcelona on the map?

The huge stadium where Real Madrid pays their fútbol games!

Those are just a few of the activities people like to do in Spain for fun, but there are many more! Please ask me more of your questions!

Un beso,

Tori

Author: vshover

Hola! My name is Victoria, and I am spending the fall semester of 2011 to study Spanish in Madrid, Spain. At home in Kentucky, I am studying Elementary Education and Spanish at Georgetown College. Why Madrid? Why not? It´s a beautiful city, with a rich culture, that also offers excellent language courses. By studying here, I hope to become a well-rounded teacher who can better share my cultural knowledge and language skills with my future students. For this blog, I am sharing my experience with St. Patrick Elementary School of Louisville, Kentucky, because as a 2005 graduate, I feel it is a great way to give back to the school that has helped me to grow into the person I am today. I believe the students at St. Patricks could benefit from learning about another culture, particularly the culture of the language taught at their school. I am honored to be a representing member of the Classmates Connecting Culture program of ISA, and I hope my enthusiasm for Spain will inspire the students of St. Patricks to also explore the world!

2 thoughts

  1. The students would like to see picture of the town you live in and your living area. Also they asked if you play any sports there?
    Besos,
    Senorita Martin y los estudiantes

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