Monthly Archives: September 2014

Madrid: DCODE festival

In recent years, the music festival industry has exploded every summer in a shower of tents, speakers and flashing lights across Europe. The opportunity to see a whole host of live acts and escape humdrum daily life surrounded by friends … Continue reading

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Spain: Rosalia Mera, the woman behind Zara

Particularly with reference to the business world, the topic of feminism is now more current than ever. As legislation in the developed world has sought to place men and women on a more equal footing in terms of their careers, … Continue reading

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South America: A mate obsession

In today’s globalised world, tea and coffee drinking have become near ubiquitous. Although there are fairly marked continental and national variations in beverage preference, tea leaves and ground coffee beans in their various guises are both enjoyed in all corners … Continue reading

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Spain: ¿Quieres Ir de Tapas?

From our international perspective, Spanish cuisine and the culture of tapas are inextricably interwoven. The word tapas itself describes not only the type of food, and not even just the way that it is served, but rather evokes an entire … Continue reading

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Catalonia: What does the Scottish referendum mean for Spain?

It was not only the UK where the public and the media were fixated on the outcome of the Scottish referendum. As you probably know, there are political influences within autonomous communities of Spain that are advocating an equally fervent argument for … Continue reading

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The uniqueness of Argentinean Spanish

Here at Friendly Spanish we are rather proud of the fact that we offer courses specifically in the Spanish of Argentina, so thought it might be wise to give a little bit of background on this variant of Spanish, and … Continue reading

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The spectacular Spanish gypsy wedding

Whilst not specifically categorised in census terms, the Spanish Romani gypsy community, usually known in Spanish as gitanos numbers around a million. Thought to largely originate from present-day northern India, the Romani found their way to Spain more than a … Continue reading

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