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El Día de los Muertos

Halloween, Samhain, All Saints’ Eve, whatever name you’d prefer to use, the 31st of October and the days that follow are celebrated across many cultures as a time to honor the spirits of the dead in one way or another.

Delving into Spain’s Wine Culture:

A bodega is often the wine cellar connected to a vineyard, but in most cases its purpose goes far beyond that of a simple place to store wine. I was first introduced to this tradition in the village of Sinovas near Aranda del Duero, right in the heart of the Ribera del Duero region. In Spain many families grow and produce their own house wines. I had been invited to the village festival by a friend, and after touring their grape fields we trekked up the hill to the merendero and bodega. In this case, the merendero was what seemed to be a storage shed, but as I went inside I realized it was, as its name suggests, the perfect place to have an afternoon snack. Complete with a basic kitchen, a large table, and a wood fired grill (usually fueled by sarmiento – the dried out grape vines), it was a place for friends and family to gather, celebrate, and enjoy the fruits of their labor.

Dance Your Way to the Heart and Soul of Southern Spain:

Granada There’s no doubt that Granada is one of the most vibrant centers of Spanish culture in Spain. As a result of its being the seat of Moorish rule in Spain for years, and well under Muslim dominance right until the end of the Arab occupation of Spain, the Arabian influence is undeniable. Everywhere you look you […]

A charming paragon of university life and Spanish vitality

Salamanca There is an instant and unique charm particular to the city of Salamanca, to which anyone who has set foot there can attest. The most striking thing upon arrival in the city is the unity of its historical center. As you walk along its ancient streets immersed, meandering along the alleyways, between breathtaking monuments, […]

En busca del gin tonic perfecto

En sus comienzos a esta bebida se le atribuyeron propiedades medicinales y se usaba para prevenir la malaria. Hoy en día es conocida por ser un gran digestivo, sobre todo después de comidas copiosas.

 

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