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Escuela Internacional Newsletter

August 2004

In this issue:

Festivals and Holidays: "Semana Cervantina"
E.I. School News: "New Courses for Christmas and Don Quijote Year 2005" 
Learning Spanish: "Restaurant vocabulary and phrases"
Culture Today and Yesterday: "Regional Gastronomy of Salamanca"
A unique student experience: "Maya Damon's trip to Matavenero" 

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Festivals and Holidays: "Semana Cervantina"

Celebrate the arrival of autumn in Alcalá de Henares, Spain! Alcalá de Henares is the birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, Spain’s literary master and author of Don Quijote. The alcalaínos are preparing to celebrate the annual Semana Cervantina. You won’t want to miss this! The Semana Cervantina will take you back in time to experience what life would have been like in Cervantes’ time.  The festival originates in remembrance of the baptism of Miguel de Cervantes and offers something for everyone. Music, theatre and entertainment fill the streets as the Plaza de Cervantes and University of Alcalá courtyard become grounds for a medieval marketplace. Vendors dressed in full costume sell homemade foods such as breads and cheeses. Others have handcrafted jewelry and toys, household items, and more. 
Read more about Semana Cervantina. . . 


E.I. School News: "New Courses for Christmas and Don Quijote Year 2005"

Why not make this year's Christmas celebration special and enjoy Christmas in Spain. We are offering a new Christmas course in Spain this December. In Spain, Christmas is one of the most important holidays of the year, and you now have the chance to study the Spanish language in Escuela Internacional and at the same time discover how they celebrate Christmas and New Year’s, with their Nativity scenes and other traditions like turron candies, the ritual for luck at the stroke of midnight on New Year’s and Christmas eve and New Year’s eve parties.

If you are planning a Spanish language program to come to Spain next year, you can choose Alcalá de Henares as your destination on dates that coincide with the celebration of Quijote Year 2005! In Newsletters throughout the year we will keep you informed of special events for Quijote Year 2005 and especially those held in Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes, the author of Don Quijote. The celebration is dedicated to the 400 year anniversary of the first publication of Don Quijote de la Mancha.

To celebrate "Quijote Year 2005" Escuela Internacional is offering a new course: "Don Quijote 2005" In addition to studying the Spanish language in our Principal Course, you will participate in 10 seminars about Don Quijote, visit the Cervantes' home and museum, the church where he was baptized, and also go on an excursion to Castilla – La Mancha to see many of the settings presented in Don Quijote.

Dates for the course "Don Quijote 2005"
Alcalá de Henares:
Course A : From 13-06-2005 to 24-06-2005
Course B : From 15-08-2005 to 26-08-2005
Course C: From 03-10-2005 to 14-10-2005


Learning Spanish: "Restaurant vocabulary and phrases"

Hello, good evening. What will you have?
What would you like to eat?
What would you like to drink?
I would like...

 I would like to see the menu, please.
What do you recommend?
I would like to order now.
To start, I would like...
For the main course, I would like....
For dessert, I'll have...
To drink, I would like ....

Enjoy your meal!
Could I have the bill, please.

Is service included?
I think there is a mistake in the bill.


Hola, buenas noches. ¿Qué tomarán?
¿Que quieres comer?
¿Que quieres beber?
Me gustaría...      Quisiera... 

Quiero ver el menú, por favor.
¿Que nos recomienda?
Quiero pedir ahora.
De primero quiero ...
Como plato principal quiero. De segundo quiero...
De postre quiero ...
Para beber, quiero .... 

¡Buen provecho!
La cuenta, por favor.
¿La propina está incluida?
Pienso que haya un error en la cuenta.


Culture Today and Yesterday: "Regional Gastronomy of Salamanca"

The gastronomy of Salamanca is an important part of the local culture. Fresh or cured meats such as lamb, goat, and beef are the base for many of Salamanca's traditional dishes. This is largely due to it's inland location and cold, dry climate. But there are so many different terrains and landscapes found in Salamanca it is no wonder that this province has such a varied gastronomy. Learn about the many different foods typical of this region of Spain and also see  a recipe for "hornazo".
Gastronomy of Salamanca Recipe Hornazo


A Unique Student Experience at Escuela Internacional: " - Maya Damon's trip to Matavenero"

In March, my mother sent me an article by Tony Wretch about Matavenero, a small village in the mountains of Leon that was being repopulated. I read that its residents were practicing a lifestyle very respectful of the environment.  I immediately tried to contact someone to visit it, but never got an answer to the two emails and faxes that I sent. I continued investigating and found a telephone number on the Internet. I decided to try one last time. I called during the only time of day that they receive phone calls. I spoke with a guy and I told him that I want to visit Matavenero. It seemed like a good idea to him, and he told me that I needed to get the bus to Bembibre, then a taxi (for 10€) to San Facundo and then walk up the dirt road for an hour and a half until arriving at the village. Our conversation ended after informing me of the necessity to bring a sleeping bag to sleep in. It wasn’t easy to understand the man that I spoke to, and I wasn’t very sure of exactly the city he had told me. Furthermore, it was very little information, but I bought my ticket for the bus and packed my backpack. To read more about Maya's unique experience whilst studying in Spain click here


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