Category: Miscellaneous

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A message I posted on a TripAdvisor forum about my stay in a Madrid apartment

I recently blogged about a visit I made to Madrid this Summer with my two teenage children. The purpose of that bulletin was to highlight some interesting things to do in Spain’s capital city with...

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Where they buried Francisco Franco, Spain’s dictator from 1939-1975

Today we delve into Spain’s history. This is the Valley of the Fallen, or Valle de los Caídos. It is situated close to Madrid, a little to the north west. Only rarely these days do...

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Where the Spanish made cannon balls for the Siege of Gibraltar (1779-1783)

I have just had the pleasure of spending two nights in a rural hotel on the edge of Jimena de la Frontera, about an hour’s drive north from Gibraltar. Curiously enough, this building served as...

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Language shapes how the brain perceives time – OBVIOUSLY!

Boffins over at Lancaster University have come to the less-than-startling conclusion that “Language shapes how the brain perceives time” Let’s see how they did it shall we? First, here’s a quote you’ll probably be familiar...

Alghero is in Sardinia. Mainland Spain is shown to the left

A minority language demise

I had no idea that Catalan was spoken in Italy! Normally associated with that region in north eastern Spain known to English speakers as Catalonia, the Catalan language made its way to Italy in...

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Virtual versus Real

I had planned this time around to be writing about how Speekee combines the real world with a virtual counterpart as a great way for kids to learn Spanish. I’ll save that post for next time...

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Gotta Catch ‘Em All!

Since when did adults become engrossed in games originally designed for children? This advert for the new Pokémon craze features just one child (sandwiched between two adults) and a whole host of hip thirty somethings....

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Then and Now – Maggie from Speekee

Eagle eyed viewers will know that some of the children who appear in Speekee Series One also appear in the second series. Can you name them? They are: Joe, Victoriano, Ana Belén and Maggie....

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