12 Things The World Can Learn From Spain 1

 Friendship Spanish style

Huffington Post.com–If there’s a tradition that Spain can pass on to the world, and that the world has already begun to embrace, it is the siesta. The importance of resting after a meal to gather a bit of strength before facing the rest of the workday is undoubtedly a central value within Spanish culture—but it’s not the only one. Recent history, classic writers, and common proverbs reveal other lessons, too. Here are 12 things that the world can learn from Spain.


Here’s Wishing You Happy Holidays 1

August in Spain

Suddenly it’s August again and Spain shifts into holiday mode. Here at ¡Alegria! we’ll be dedicating the month of August to recharging batteries after a year of intensive and rewarding work on the magazine. We’ll be back in September with renewed enthusiasm and fresh ideas. Before we go we’d like to say thank you to all of our faithful readers. Without you none of this would make any sense, and we’re deeply appreciative of your patronage. So, we’ll see you in September. While we’re gone you can still access more than 350 articles in the ¡Alegria! memory bank. You can find them either through the Categories menu in the left-hand column or by scrolling down to the search box and typing in your search terms. In the meantime, have a relaxing and restorative summer yourselves.

Wellington Wins at Salamanca 1812 Reply

Wellington at Salamanca

Cody K. Carlson writes for the Deseret News.com–On July 22, 1812, a combined British-Portuguese-Spanish army under the command of Arthur Wellesley, later the Duke of Wellington, defeated the French forces of Auguste de Marmont at Salamanca, Spain. The battle cleared western Spain of French forces and allowed the British to occupy the Spanish capital, Madrid, a few days later. In 1807, France and Spain invaded Portugal, which had long held a military alliance with their common enemy, Great Britain. By early 1808, however, Napoleon Bonaparte had grown impatient with Spain’s sluggish attempts to conquer the smaller kingdom. Turning on Spain, which was ripe with revolt against its own regime and political chaos, Napoleon ordered the French army to invade.


IBMT Annual Commemoration – London 2014 Reply

International Brigades Spain

The annual commemoration by the International Brigades Memorial Trust for the 2500 volunteers from Great Britain and Ireland who went to Spain to fight fascism and support democracy between 1936 and 1939, was held at the International Brigades memorial, Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London on 5th July 2014. Three hundred people gathered on London’s South Bank to commemorate the men and women from Great Britain and Ireland who went to Spain to support the Spanish Republic – 526 British and Irish volunteers died.


Expat Kids’ Integration Levels Measured in Spain Reply

Expat kids Spain

It looks as though moving from the UK to sunny Spain isn’t too hard on so-called expat kids. Over three quarters of British expat adolescents have no major problems integrating into Spanish life, according to a recent widespread survey. The research was based on 7,000 children between ages 12 and 17. It calculated signals of adjustment problems such as dropping out of school, leaving home, unemployment or going to prison.  A huge 78.4% of the children of expats said that they had not experienced any of these incidents. On the other hand, only 4.3% registered two or more of the problems.


Smoke.Oil.Salt. Brings Back a Paella Master Reply

LA paella

Jonathan Gold writes for the LA Times.com–Have you ever tasted real paella? And by “real,” I should specify that I mean not the stuff you eat with sangria down by the beach or even the lovely yellow rice with seafood that you have to order a day in advance at Cuban restaurants, but the real thing, rare outside its birthplace in the mountains outside Valencia, which is less a vehicle for costly ingredients than it is a big, shallow pan of methodically toasted rice.

(Re: Authenticity. Did you ever see a Spaniard eat paella for supper?)


US Archivists Unearth Rare 1898 Photos, Post-Battle of Manila Bay Reply

Spanish American photos

DJ Sta. Ana for Interaksyon.com–US Navy archivists found 150 old glass plate photographs of the Spanish-American War in the Philippines – pictures that had remained unseen for more than a century. The glass plate photos were kept in two large wooden boxes, stored in an archival storage space at the Washington Navy Yard in Washington, DC. Archivists from the US Navy’s Naval History and Heritage Command (NHHC) discovered the photograph treasure trove last February during an inspection of a backlog of artifacts.


Rodriguez Unveiled to Huge Crowd Reply

James Rodriguez Madrid

SuperSport.com–Colombia’s World Cup revelation James Rodriguez was unveiled as Real Madrid’s latest headline signing in front of tens of thousands of fans at the Santiago Bernabeu on Tuesday. Rodriguez, the top scorer at the World Cup in Brazil, has moved to the European champions from Monaco on a six-season contract. Spanish media said Real paid about €80 million for the 23-year-old playmaker, which if correct would make him the fifth most expensive player in history after Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar and Luis Suarez.


One to Watch: High-Flying Spanish Model Nerea Arce Reply

Nerea Arce model

Summer Fashion Special: Bathing Suits

Fansshare.com–Another weekend is over, another Monday is here so, what better way to celebrate the start of another week, than by giving you another beautiful model as our One to Watch for today. We have given you a lot of different models from all over the world over the years, yet there have not exactly been many Spanish models on our lists, which had a big influence on our choice for today. 

We know for a fact that there will be quite a few of you out there who have already heard of the Spanish model Nerea Arce, especially if you are into your modelling. Nerea Arce has been in the modelling industry for quite a few years now, working with a lot of big names in modelling and, as some of you will no doubt already know, she finished third in the 2007 Miss Spain contest.


Hugh Thomas: In the Empire Stakes the Anglo-Saxons Were Spain’s Longtime Inferiors Reply

Hugh Thomas historian

A review of World Without End: The Global Empire of Philip II, by Hugh Thomas published on spectator.co.uk. This history of the Spanish Empire seems more interested in the conquerors than the conquered but still makes its argument well

‘Every schoolboy knows who imprisoned Montezuma and who strangled Atahualpa.’ Macaulay, anticipating Gove, was complaining that the schoolboys by contrast did not get enough about Clive and the British conquest of India. Hugh Thomas, in this and in the two previous volumes of his trilogy on the Spanish empire, presumes that we have all forgotten about Montezuma and Atahualpa, and argues that we do not appreciate Spain’s imperial achievements. He is probably right, and he sets one off to speculate why.