Monthly Archives: February 2013

How to pack for a Spanish vacation

Share Planning European vacations takes a lot of preparation. Once the airline tickets have been booked, hotel rooms are reserved, and the activities are planned, travelers can just about see the silver lining, but one crucial obstacle still lies ahead: the dreaded task of packing. Packing for a vacation should not consist of mindlessly throwing…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Hummus

Share When most people think of hummus, they think of the Middle East but because of the Middle East’s proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, hummus actually has many Mediterranean influences. Many people are unaware that Spanish food is considered Mediterranean. For my blog this week, I will be making Spanish-style hummus. I based my recipe…

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Swimwear on Spanish beaches differs from typical U.S. attire

Swimwear on Spanish beaches differs from typical U.S. attire

Share Throughout Spain, a modest and conservative dress code applies. Longer shorts and skirts are preferred in the summer, and crop tops and tight miniskirts are discouraged for religious reasons. There’s only one exception: beachwear. Swimwear in Spain is viewed as anything but conservative. “It’s super provocative and always controversial at runway shows,” fashion writer…

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Don Quixote has long-lasting influence, impact on Spanish culture

Share Often cited as one of the best literary works ever written, audiences have enjoyed Miguel de Cervantes’s “Don Quixote” for more than 400 years. Whether for pleasure or academic study, readers all over the world have become familiar with the iconic text and characters. The tale, a comedic satire of medieval romances, has enchanted…

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Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Spanish bucket list for the average college student

Share Whether you’re planning to backpack through Europe, study abroad or explore Spain on a family vacation, this blog will provide insights into the essential places that college students must visit during any trip! Each week we will feature a different college student who has been to Spain to give readers tips, hints, and suggestions…

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Experienced travelers recommend doing research on Spain before traveling

Experienced travelers recommend doing research on Spain before traveling

Share From a podium nested inside a classroom on the third floor of B.B. Comer, Ignacio Rodeño examines novels and short stories written in his native language. As he reads texts aloud to a classroom of mostly American students, he adds side notes about his country’s culture and shares as much history as can fit…

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Dressing for the Running of the Bulls: San Fermin Fashion

Dressing for the Running of the Bulls: San Fermin Fashion

Share The “Encierro” or Running of the Bulls is undoubtedly the highlight of the annual San Fermin fiesta in Pamplona, Spain. The festivities begin promptly at 8 a.m. at the Church of San Cernin. As the clock chimes 8 a.m., two rockets explode into the sky, signaling a herd of 12 bulls to charge down…

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Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Cooking traditional Spanish dishes at home: Paella

Share For my first cooking attempt, I made a dish Spain is known for: paella. Some American Spanish restaurants compare paella to jambalaya. Each region of Spain has different takes on paella, but I made a standard recipe I based off of this website. Parts of the site were actually in Spanish – which I…

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Real Madrid C.F., F.C. Barcelona share a rivalry with no rivals

Share The United States has its fair share of sports rivalries: college football’s Alabama and Auburn, NBA’s the Celtics and Lakers, and baseball’s Red Sox and the Yankees.  Whether it’s the fact that they are only separated by 125 miles or the Curse of the Bambino, each of these teams has specific reasons for despising…

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