FIESTAS IN SPAIN: Lunes de Aguas

Foto: Turismo de Salamanca

This picnic food featuring a hearty meat pie, called “Hornazo” in Spanish, is eaten on Easter Monday along the green banks of the River Tormes in the city of Salamanca. This is the traditional celebration of the Lunes de Aguas (literally, Monday of Waters) and it is almost exclusive to this city and surrounding villages. The wholesomeness of the modern version of the event belies its lewd origins, making it one of the funniest fiestas of the Easter season. Listen to this podcast and learn more. Enjoy!

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Madrid’s Segovia Viaduct: Tales of Progress and Tragedy

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Madrid's Segovia Viaduct: Tales of Progress and Tragedy
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The Segovia Viaduct in the heart of Madrid is a handsome-looking bridge that helped to join the city where there was once a large geographic gap; and yet from practically the first day it opened back in 1874, it also served as one of the most popular places for people to commit suicide, Not until fairly recently has this grim secondary use been more or less brought under control. Today it is a popular way for both tourists and locals to move about the downtown. It’s dark past has not been easily forgotten. Listen and…try to enjoy! 

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 9. What else have the Romans ever done for Spain?

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 9. What else have the Romans ever done for Spain?
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After talking about the importance of Roman cities, towns and infrastructure, in this episode we delve deeper into other ways in which they left an indeleble mark on this country and its history. Language, religion, wine. To name just a few. Listen on and enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 9. What else have the Romans ever done for Spain?

After talking about the importance of Roman cities, towns and infrastructure, in this episode we delve deeper into other ways in which they left an indeleble mark on this country and its history. Language, religion, wine. To name just a few. Listen on and enjoy!

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History of Spain 101, Ep. 8 Rome: The Builder of Spain

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History of Spain 101, Ep. 8 Rome: The Builder of Spain
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The Iberian and Celtic tribes have been defeated. Hispania has been pacified. The land is slowly feeling the effects of Rome’s prolonged presence on the Iberian peninsula. The process of Romanization has begun. In this episode, we take a look at how the Romans quite literally laid the foundations for many of Spain’s towns and cities, as well as made some important infrastructure contributions.  The Romans were brilliant engineers and loved building, and build they did in this land. Check out this latest podcast from the History of Spain 101 and find out more. Enjoy!

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History of Spain 101, Ep. 8. Rome: the Builder of Spain

The Iberian and Celtic tribes have been defeated. Hispania has been pacified. The land is slowly feeling the effects of Rome’s prolonged presence on the Iberian peninsula. The process of Romanization has begun. In this episode, we take a look at how the Romans quite literally laid the foundations for many of Spain’s towns and cities, as well as made some important infrastructure contributions.  The Romans were brilliant engineers and loved building, and build they did in this land. Check out this latest podcast from the History of Spain 101 and find out more. Enjoy!

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FIESTAS IN SPAIN: The Jarramplas

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FIESTAS IN SPAIN: The Jarramplas
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This unusual-looking character pounding away on a drum as he takes a walloping from an onslaught of turnips is none other than “Jarramplas”, the central figure of the fiestas in a town in the western region of Extremadura known as Piornal. He comes out every January 19 and 20 for the Feast of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of the village. He kicks off a series we’ll be doing on “Fiestas in Spain”; where we will be exploring some of the traditions and their history. Listen and enjoy!

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FIESTAS IN SPAIN: The Jarramplas

Photo: Tourism in Extremadura

This unusual-looking character pounding away on a drum as he takes a walloping from an onslaught of turnips is none other than “Jarramplas”, the central figure of the fiestas in a town in the western region of Extremadura known as Piornal. He comes out every January 19 and 20 for the Feast of St. Sebastian, the patron saint of the village. He kicks off a series we’ll be doing on “Fiestas in Spain”; where we will be exploring some of the traditions and their history. Listen and enjoy!

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History of the Sorteo de Navidad (Spain’s Christmas Lottery)

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History of the Sorteo de Navidad (Spain’s Christmas Lottery)
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Every December 22, much of Spain braces itself for a 3-hour televised event that few people in the the world would associate with this festive season: a chance to make their Yuletide just a little bit cheerier by winning the annual Christmas lottery. This is a tradition that goes back over 200 years, believe it or not, and it is estimated that over 75% of the adult population in Spain plays; and with a total payout of 2.4 billion euros, many consider it the largest in the world. More than a celebration of gambling, it’s a deeply-rooted custom that not even the Spanish Civil War could stop. Learn more about its history in this week’s podcast. Enjoy!

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 6 – Spain and the Punic Wars

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SPANISH HISTORY 101, EP 6 – Spain and the Punic Wars
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When it comes to the Punic Wars, the series of conflicts between Rome and Carthage and one of the most influential wars in the history of Europe, most people logically think of Hannibal, the genius military leader of the Carthaginians and his intrepid crossing of the Alps. Few people realize that he launched his legendary campaign from Spain (Iberia, back then), and that the Spanish territory would be the site of countless battles. In fact, the outcome of this conflict, especially the Second Punic War, would change the course of human history forever, and usher in 600 years of Roman presence in this land. The impact can still be felt to this day. Listen to this latest episode on the history of Spain and let us know what you think. Enjoy!

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