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Escuela Internacional Newsletter

October 2004

In this issue:

Festivals and Holidays: "Fiesta del Pilar in Zaragaoza"
E.I. School News: "Literary Contest - Win a Spanish course" 
Learning Spanish: "Terms from Don Quijote"
Culture Today and Yesterday: "Alcalá de Henares Film Festival"
Excursions in Spain: "Segovia" 

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Festivals and Holidays: "Fiesta del Pilar in Zaragoza"

Every year, on the 12th of October, the capital of the region of Aragon in Spain, Zaragoza, becomes a place of celebration to honor the Virgin of Pilar, the patron saint of this historic and diverse region, located in the Pyrenees mountains, and surrounded to the north by Navarra, to the east by Catalonia, and to the south and west by Castilla León.

Centuries of history, faith and devotion surround the Virgin of Pilar, and serve as the foundation for the festivities practiced in modern times.  Today, an abundance of music, dance, theater, parades, flowers and ambiance make the Fiesta del Pilar a fine example of the spirit of Spanish history and culture, as well as an internationally recognized event.  

Read more about the Fiesta del Pilar. . . 


E.I. School News: "Literary Contest - Don Quijote Year 2005"

Escuela Internacional has created a literary contest with the aim of furthering the study and practice of the Spanish language. This first edition of the contest focuses on the theme of Don Quijote de la Mancha, in light of the 400th anniversary celebration of the first edition of "Don Quijote de la Mancha". International students of Spanish can participate by submitting an original, unpublished text in Spanish about the novel, the author, the characters, or the region of La Mancha.

Students can win a free Spanish course

See the contest details here: Literary Contest : Don Quijote de la Mancha


Learning Spanish: "Terms from Don Quijote"

Do you know what this means?

Do you know what these words are in Spanish: un hidalgo? mercaderes?  aspas? un laúd? o espuelas?

Visit this illustrated dictionary of Quixote terms to get a glimpse of the characters and their surroundings.


Culture Today and Yesterday: "Alcalá Film Festival"

In 2004 the Film Festival in Alcalá de Henares takes place from 12 to 20 of November. 

Since its beginnings in 1960 the festival has done a lot to show the public the great talent that is evident in the area of Spanish film. Throughout the years the festival has evolved considerably. So that today the festival has grown to have significant international prestige.

Read more about the Film Festival in Alcalá de Henares


Excursions in Spain: Segovia

Castilla y León is a region formed by the provinces of Avila, Burgos, León, Palencia, Salamanca, Segovia, Soria, Valladolid and Zamora. It is located in the central plains of the Iberian Peninsula and surrounded by the Cantabrian, Iberian and Central mountain ranges and the border with Portugal. The province of Segovia is located towards the center of Spain, and borders the provinces of Valladolid, Burgos, Soria, Guadalajara, Madrid and Ávila. The region covers 6.942 square km, with more than 50,000 inhabitants and is a tranquil provincial capital.

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