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Una procesión es un desfile religioso que involucra a personas que recorren de un lugar a otro, o bien partiendo de un sitio y volviendo a él, como muestra de su creencia y de su respectiva fe religiosa.  En Semana Santa en España se realizan estas procesiones coincidiendo con la Semana Mayor. En estas procesiones participan distintos colectivos agrupados en cofradías o hermandad religiosa bajo el reconocimiento eclesiástico. Así pues, los cofrades salen a las calles con sus hermandades acompañando a un paso de Cristo o Virgen adscrito a un pasaje de la Pasión. Los integrantes realizan las estaciones ataviados con túnicas: penitentes o nazarenos. Normalmente cada cuidad de España tiene una semana con una o más pasos (procesiones) cada dia. Abajo puedes ver la programación de Semana Santa en El Puerto de Santa Maria.

If you want to see one of the pasos in El Puerto refer to the pasos timetable below, curtesy of Turismo el Puerto . If you want to learn Spanish in Spain don’t hesitate to look at our Spanish Course options.

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Studying with Spark also means living in El Puerto de Santa Maria, a lovely town in the province Cadíz. El Puerto de Santa Maria does not only have a variety of historic features and beautiful beaches to offer but also the harbor Puerto Sherry, where I took two of the students at Spark yesterday as part of my Work-Experience-programme. From Spark the walk takes approximately 50 minutes down to Playa Puntilla and along the coastline heading west on a beautiful walkingpath viewing the bay of Cadíz. Puerto Sherry itself is one of the biggest marinas in Andalusia with more than 800 moorings and a range of other water sports like windsurfing and diving. In history the harbor played an important role in shipping the sherry produced in the sherry triangle Jerez-Sanlúcar-El Puerto de Santa Maria abroad, but today, as we discovered, it is a quiet place to relax and let some time pass while sitting in one of the little cafés to enjoy the view on the marina and Cadíz. After having some typical Spanish coffee and fresh juice we made our way back to Spark and enjoyed the walk talking and practicing our Spanish.

Going on cultural activities with other students provides a great opportunity to not only practise the Spanish learned in class during the mornings but also to explore new places and make friends along the way! If you would love to know more about El Puerto de Santa Maria and the Spanish language, why not join Spark and experience it yourself?

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Learning to cook like the Spaniards

This week is my last week as an intern for my work & study program at Spark. In the six weeks I have been here, I wrote blogpost about the Spanish cultural events that my fellow Spark staff members and I organized for the students. This week we had our third Spanish cooking class since my arrival at Spark. It is a fantastic cultural activity dedicated to the delicious cuisine of Andalusia and Spain. So, in the meantime I can cook like a Spaniard! Moreover, these cooking activities are good to practice your Spanish vocabulary. The students will choose or write a Spanish recipy and secondly they need to buy the food in the Spanish supermarket. During the cooking and eating we try to speak as much Spanish as possible!

In our first cooking class we made Paella (a must) and Tortillitas de Camarones, which are small shrimp fritters or cakes. You can make them easily by mixing wheat flour, water, onion, parsley, small shrimps (camarones), salt and pepper. Paella is a dish that every Spanish food-lover knows, and you have many different versions. In our class we made one with ‘sea fruit’, and it was delicious!

The second cooking class was also a great activity to experience Spain’s rich cuisine. We made Huevos a la Flamenco, a typical and a very popular Andalusian dish. The eggs are baked atop a thick, spicy tomato sauce, with a lot of vegetables and different herbs. You should try this once, it is absolutely delicious! You can make it for lunch, or serve it for dinner, and it will be a hit every time.

In the third cooking class we made ensalada mediterranea (Mediterranean Salad) and huevos fritos con chorizo, pimientos verde y patatas , a delicious dish with fried potatoes, peppers, chorizo and eggs. It is easy to make and it is perfect when you do not have much time to cook, but still would like to have a yummy dish.

Would you like to read more about the cultural activities programme at Spark or are you interested in which cultural activities I have organized? Read my blogposts about cultural events!

Suzanne

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Exploring El Puerto de Santa Maria

Why study Spanish in El Puerto de Santa Maria? El Puerto is ideally located in the Cádiz province and you can visit beautiful cities in its surroundings, such as Cádiz, Sevilla, Jerez, Granada, Ronda, Córdoba, Málaga, Gibraltar or smaller cities such as the famous Pueblos Blancos or beautiful towns at the coastline. But, El Puerto itself has a lot to offer too! So, this week we focus on our beloved and beautiful El Puerto de Santa Maria in our cultural events programme! The cultural events enable our students to discover the best of Spain: ‘Descubre España’! Read More

On Saturday we went with a group of Spark students on a daytrip to the wonderful city Cádiz. Spark organizes cultural events for students to experience the Spanish lifestyle here in the Cádiz region, which give Spark students a total package of learning Spanish. Since Cádiz is not only the capital of the province Cádiz but also the oldest city of Europe, it is a must-to-see during your stay in El Puerto de Santa Maria. We took the boat at 12.50 pm across the Bay of Cádiz and because of the sunny weather we enjoyed a nice boattrip and a beautiful view. Read More

Food related cultural activities with Spark

This week I organized two food related cultural activities in El Puerto de Santa Maria as an intern at Spark for my work experience program. So, besides learning Spanish at Spark, I also work at Spark and I am able to explore the Andalusian culture and cuisine.  Read More

Noche de Cine: Altamira

We’re going to see Altamira with Antonio Banderas. He discovers cave paintings in the early 19th century which change how we understand the origins of mankind but of course challenges religious and scientific views of that age. Read more about the film below, description courtsey of Union Cine Cuidad.

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1879. Entre las verdes colinas y los picos rocosos de la costa de Santander, María Sautuola (Allegra Allen), una niña de 9 años, y su padre, Marcelino (Antonio Banderas), un arqueólogo aficionado, descubren algo extraordinario que cambiará la historia de la humanidad para siempre: las primeras pinturas prehistóricas encontradas hasta entonces: unos impresionantes bisontes al galope trazados con gran detalle. Pero la madre de María, la dulce y devota Conchita (Golshifteh Farahani), no es la única perturbada por este descubrimiento. La iglesia Católica considera que la afirmación de que las pinturas sean obra de prehistóricos “salvajes” es un ataque a la verdad bíblica. Y, sorprendentemente, la comunidad científica liderada por el prehistoriador Émile Cartailhac (Clément Sibony) también acusa de fraude a Marcelino y a su descubrimiento. El mundo idílico de María se derrumba y sus intentos por ayudar sólo empeoran las cosas. La familia entra en una fuerte crisis y cierra la cueva. Será necesario todo el amor que se tienen para encontrar el camino hacia la redención y el reconocimiento.

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We have a new banner ready for going to educational fairs. It is focused on school group programmes and designed by David Navarro  Hope you like the look of it.

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We pride ourselves in providing high quality bespoke tours to Spain for schools throughout the world. We have summarized some of the great points of our school tours in the slides below. We hope you enjoy! Don’t hesitate to contact us if you need anything.

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Our educational group partners the bilingual school el centro inglés has an open doors day where you can learn about the school and much more.  Go along and find out what happens there.

 

Our fantastic teacher and chaperone Mario Baéz Torres now his own wonderful business card. Did you know that it is called a “tarjeta de visita” in Spanish? To read more about the rest of our fantastic staff at Spark, please check out new Spark Staff Page.

If you interested in studying Spanish don’t hesitate to drop us a line.

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Client View of Spark in 2015

We are proud of how hard we work to do our utmost to provide the best service possible to our Spanish Students be them adults, school groups or children on summer camp. Running a language school is not easy but it is certainly rewarding. Our motto has always been “your learning, our passion” and via our mission and values to work by we strive to do our utmost to provide our students with the personal high quality service we set out to run. Perfection isn’t possible, but trying our best is and latter at Spark I believe we have lived up, something our student reviews back up.  Below are two graphs indicating over 200 hundred students overall opinion of the service they received at Spark in 2015 in our Spanish Language School and also the things they stated they most valued about their experience with us.

Thank you so much to each student for their feedback.

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