Everybody Has Been to Spain, Or Have They?
Everybody has been to Spain. They’ve done the bullfights, the paella on the beach and the flamenco show. They’ve visited the caves and the cathedrals, sung “Viva España” and taken a coach excursion to a safari park. But have they been to Spain? Not really. They’ve been to a beach-holiday version of Spain that stretches intermittently all along the Mediterranean coast from the French border to the southern tip of Iberia. But their contact with the country where normal Spanish people live is practically non-existent.
To judge this country by the experiences of its millions of holiday makers we would have to conclude that Spain is populated mainly by people in the travel industry. Certainly, Spain has some of the best hoteliers in the world, but it also has all kinds of other people. They’re farmers and doctors, teachers and business people, public employees, students and artists. And they all have something interesting to share with you, even if it’s just a “Buenos días” and a smile. The best way to enhance your experience of this rich and varied country is to get to know its people, their customs and traditions, their art and literature and sense of humor, their authentic food and drink, and their favorite pastimes.
Ready to Engage?
Are you ready to engage Spanish Spain? Through this new online magazine we’re inviting you to accompany us on our meanderings through the culture, lifestyle and language of Spain. We find it a fascinating journey. We hope you will, too. You can begin right now by following ¿Alegría! The Joy of Spanish Living. Here we’ll introduce you to some of Spain’s most fascinating people, places and happenings, including some of your own countrymen and women who are living here and doing interesting things. Your next step is a real-world visit to Spain, a weekend or a week just to get your feet wet. Trade secret: If you take a month’s Spanish lessons before you leave and practice when you get here, you’ll have more fun.
Get to Know Spain Through Its Culture, Language and People
What is your profession? Have you ever met one of your Spanish colleagues? You might find it interesting. If you talk to a Spanish doctor, for example, you’ll learn that Spain has the most advanced organ-transplant program in the world.
Do you go to the theater in your home country? Have you ever attended one of
the classical performances (from Euripides, Homer and Sophocles to contemporary authors like Dimitriades and Cavafis) in the Roman theater of Mérida (Extremadura), a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1993? Have you seen a play staged by Spain’s National Classical Theatre Company, which every summer transports a resident troupe of players to the 17th-century Corral de Comedias in the town of Almagro (Ciudad Real) where they present classic plays from Spain’s baroque period and Golden Age?
Delightful Surprises Where You Least Expect Them
Is classical music your cup of tea? Chamber music? Sacred music? Choral music? Music workshops? You might find the village of Nigüelas, 32 kilometres from Granada en route to the Mediterranean seashore at Motril, a delightful surprise. Though it’s population is less that 1,000, Nigüelas is Granada’s most musical pueblo with a variety of classical and traditional Spanish music events throughout the year.