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Escuela Internacional Newsletter

June 2004

In this issue:

Summer fun in Spain: "Upcoming Festivals and holidays this summer"
Summer News: "The beaches of Spain" 
Learning Spanish: "Cooking vocabulary and phrases"
City Feature: "Nightlife in Malaga"
Culture Today and Yesterday: "Regional Gastronomy of Spain"
A unique student experience: "Brad Huff, American student on the Spanish road cycling circuit" 

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Summer fun in Spain: "Upcoming Festivals and holidays this summer"

Come join the summer fun in Spain! 


July 7. San Fermines (Pamplona). The running of the bulls through the streets of Pamplona (Navarra). A week of nonstop wine, merrymaking and bravado.

The Sunday following July 16. Procesión Marítima de las Fiestas del Carmen. Málaga.
Takes place in many locations along the coast, and in El Palo. 


On July 16 the fishermen’s quarter honors their patron saint, The Virgen del Carmen. At dusk the statue of the Virgin is carried in procession in a throne in the shape of a boat, adorned with flowers, from the church to the beach. At the seashore, after several prayers, these seamen place the Virgen del Carmen in a boat covered with flowers and colored lights and which then crosses the bay in procession, now by sea, accompanied by many elaborately decorated boats, sailboats, yachts and the sound of incessant sirens. Crowds of people follow the ritual from the beach and the boardwalk.

The people who carry the statue are called portadores and the dress in the typical marengo costume which consists of a white shirt, black pants, red sash and canvas shoes. When the marengos are preparing the virgin to embark they kick off their shoes and walk into the sea.

At night the fair is celebrated with song and dance, food and drink, and an exhibition of fireworks near the beach.

July 25. Patrón de Santiago. Patron Saint of Spain.


Many local festivals and street fairs throughout the country, this month and into September. Concerts, fireworks, small fairgrounds and rides for kids, music and dance in many main plazas.
- Malaga: Ferias in Malaga The Malaga Fair starts around the 19th of August. Festive atmosphere with music, bull fights, open air concerts and foods.
- Alcalá de Henares: Fiestas de San Bartolomé The festival in Alcalá starts around the 24th of August. Open air concerts, a temporary amusement park, street theater and fireworks. Special events held by each of the local clubs called Peñas.

August 15. Día de la Asunción. National festival celebrated in many Spanish towns.

El Místeri of Elche (Alicante) is Europe’s oldest Christian mystery play.

Mid-August: Big Week parades, fireworks, sporting events, and cardboard-bull running in San Sebastián.

August 28: Tomato Battle turns the entire town of Buñol (Valencia) red.

Other holidays and events in Spain throughout the year... 


Summer News: "The beaches of Spain"


Characteristics of the Spanish coastline

The Iberian Peninsula has over 4,800 kilometers of coastline, which is made up of mix of rocky coastline and beaches. 

The northern Cantabrian coast is rocky. There are abundant fishing ports near which you will also find beautiful extensions of smooth beaches and wonderful views such as you find in Santander and San Sebastián.

The coast of Galicia, is similar to the Cantabrian coastline in that it is also rocky coastline for the most part. It is main characteristic is that it is very broken coastline with many "rias" which are similar to fjords, yet still has beautiful beaches as you can find at Pontevedra. 

The Atlantic coast is to the southeast of Spain, extending from the Portuguese border to the Mediterranean coast, where there are abundant dunes and Spain's longest beaches along the Huelva and Cadiz provinces of Andalucia. 

The Mediterranean coast is the largest extension of coastline stretching from the Gibraltar Straits to the border of France. It has a variety of diverse characteristics and plenty of beachfront. Escuela Internacional Malaga is situated in the capital of the Costa del Sol near the beaches of Malaga.

Follow this link to see more details about the beaches of Malaga: http://www.malaga.escuelai.com/excursiones/playas.htm 


Learning Spanish: "Cooking vocabulary and phrases"

add - añadir
bake - cocer al horno
barbeque - barbacoa / parrillada
basting - rociando
blanch - escaldar
boil - hervir
boiling point - punto de ebullición
brown - dorar
chill - enfriar
chop - (cut up) picar
coat - rebozar
diced - cortar en cuadritos
dip - sumergir
drain - escurrir
fry - freír
ground - molido, pulverizado

grill - asar a la parrilla or a las brasas
heat - calentar
layer - poner en capas
puré - triturar
measuring cup - taza para medir
measuring spoon - cuchara de medir
mix - mezclar
peel - pelar
pinch - pizca
pour - verter
sauté - saltear
scald - escaldar
simmer - cocinar a fuego lento
soak - remojar
squeeze - exprimir


City Feature: "Nightlife in Malaga - An Insider's guide"

Though Escuela Internacional offers a full program of afternoon activities, students do like to get out and about on their own and with friends as well. The secretaries at each of the Escuela Internacional schools are often the best place to seek advise and good information. Malaga native, Pilar Alvarez (in picture), offers a week's entertainment possibilities around her hometown.   .. read more about nightlife in Malaga, Spain. . .

Culture Today and Yesterday: "Regional Gastronomy of Spain"

Spanish cuisine is known and valued throughout the world for the quality and variety of products and the wide range of dishes. Differences in climate and lifestyle make for distinct types of foods and dishes in each region. Spanish dishes reinterpreted by chefs today make Spanish cuisine one of the most interesting among international cuisine. Of special note is the Arab influence in use of fruits and vegetables, use of olive oils, and certain deserts of the southern region. Students should make sure they try the large variety of regional dishes; the Cocido Madrileño, the roast lamb and pork of Castilla y Leon, Valencian Paella and Andalusian Gazpacho are a must.

Follow these links for interesting information about Gastronomy in regions of Spain and even try one of the selected recipes provided. Malaga cuisine is featured in this issue, with information about gastronomy in Salamanca and the Madrid region in upcoming issues.

Gastronomy of Spain Gastronomy of Malaga


A Unique Student Experience at Escuela Internacional: " - Brad Huff, U.S. student on the Spanish road cycling circuit"

Is there more to do in Spain besides going to visit the monuments or the beach by day, and the discos by night? Just ask Brad Huff.

Brad is a 24 year-old senior at Southwest Missouri State University, who decided to spend his summer in Spain eager to immerse himself in the culture and language, but with hopes of achieving a second major goal….. Brad arrived at Madrid’s Barajas International Airport with very little luggage in hand and his road-racing bike and gear ready to go.


Studying in an 8-week Summer Intensive Course at E.I.’s Center in Alcalá de Henares (near the capital of Madrid) not only did Brad receive transfer credits from SMSU for his Spanish course at E.I. and noticeably improve his Spanish knowledge and abilities, but by his first week in Alcalá he had already met other local cyclists to ride with in the afternoons, and on top of that, they invited him out for their club rides on the weekend. By the third weekend, he had his racing credentials sorted out and was entering his first race in Europe in a Madrid Federation event at ‘El Escorial’.

While Brad frequently places well in races back home in Missouri, he has found the local racing a real challenge. Surprise, surprise, the Spanish riders turn out to be vicious climbers. There’s a reason why Lance Armstrong has 3 great Spanish climbing specialists on his team to protect him in the Alps and Pyrenees during this year’s Tour de France. On a flatter race near ‘Ciudad Real’, that better suited a bigger rider like Brad, he came closer to showing his real capabilities, managing a sixth place finish, and he’s still hopeful of a place on the winner’s podium in his upcoming final weekend of racing. ¡Venga, venga!

What a great way Brad has found to have a true immersion experience in Spain, and enter into one of the best parts of it’s sporting culture. We encourage all students to pursue their dreams and interests towards finding their own unique experience here with Escuela Internacional, and we’ll do everything we can to help make it happen.


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