Yesterday was the last day of the San Fermin Festival! This means for the past 8 days we haven't been able to turn on the TV without seeing the running of the bulls. The news here is notorious for showing things as they really happened. No censorship. So when a gas attack happened in Syria … Continue reading Spain Sunday: Running of the Bulls
Or in English, Fried Eggplant with Honey/Molasses. Miel translates to "honey" but they are shortening "miel de caña" which is actually molasses. It has a lighter molasses flavor but is molasses none the less. If you would really rather use honey no one will stop you. So it seems this dish originally came from the Middle … Continue reading Recipe: Berenjenas Con Miel
Etymology is the study of the history of words. The etymology of 'etymology' is that it was a Middle English word via Latin from Greek etumologia. This is really typical for English - a mix of Middle English (basically German), Greek and Latin. In the 15th century we just started shoveling French into English to sound more sophisticated … Continue reading Spain Sunday: Basic Spanish Etymology
America gets a lot of flak for it's terrible coffee. The main complaint is not that the coffee is bad, only that it's been prepared poorly. That, and the focus is on quantity and not quality. These things really go hand in hand because Americans live for drip coffee and we can't even buy a … Continue reading Spain Sunday: Coffee Culture
We've talked before about how miserable Jaen is for us. The city of Jaen (spelled properly with an accent: Jaén) is where we have to go to get government work done. Last time we called it hell and a lesson in bureaucracy - as we had to go 5 times to do something that should've only taken us … Continue reading Renewal Hell: Bureaucracy Lessons 2
In our post about renewal we said we wanted either the Balearic Islands, Pais Vasco or Galicia. We're pleased to announce we got the Balearic Islands! I've been assigned to a joint funded Catholic/Public school that has every age (3-18 years old). My students wear uniforms and the school has been around for centuries. Chris was … Continue reading Renewal Placements are In!
I am sure that you have all seen the Spanish flag at some point in your lives, but just in case, this is what it looks like: I feel like we learned a lot about flags in school, like about what each color signifies. For example, the green on Ghana's flag represents the forests. The … Continue reading Spain Sunday: The Flag (and the Pillars of Hercules)