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My first day at a Spanish school

The nervous feeling of being left at a foreign school can be very frightening for a young child, but as I look back to the day my parents enrolled me at the primary school of San Miguel de Salinas I’m grateful of the experience. First day nerves were the worst thing and only being able to understand the very basics, “Si”, “Hola” and “adios” I some made my way through the morning, but soon I was to go to my new classroom and meet the Spanish children that would become my friends. My parents were still with me when I Read More…

Paella Recipe

(serves 6)   Ingredients 1/3 cup of Olive Oil 1 Small Onion, minced 2-3 cloves of garlic, crushed 3-5 tbsps minced fresh parsley 1 generous pinch of saffron 2 tbsps of chicken bullion 3 Chicken Breasts, cut in large chunks 2 green peppers, sliced 1 red pepper, sliced 1 tsp of yellow food coloring 8 oz tomato sauce 1 tsp sugar 4 cups of rice 7 cups of water salt 1/2 lb – 1 lb shrimp 1 lb scallops   STEP 1 Sauté onion, parsley, and garlic in olive oil until the onion begins to become transparent. Add saffron, chicken Read More…

Education basics in Spain

Education Under Spanish law, schooling is mandatory between the ages of 6 and 16 years. Although the state education is free, parents must pay for books, materials and any activities that are extra-curricular. It’s possible for low income families to get a grant for these, but this depends on the laws of the region where the child lives. Educational provision before the age of 6 is not mandatory and state provision varies, which also depends on the region where one lives. Primary schools normally have an infants section, usually for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, but Read More…

La Isla de Nueva Tabarca

La Isla de Nueva Tabarca (The Island of Nueva Tabarca) Two and a half kilometres out to sea from the Cabo de Santa Pola is the island of Tabarca. The permanent population of the island is around 105 people and the island is the largest island off the Valencian coasts. In the busy Spanish tourist season the population of the island jumps to around 3000 daily tourists or non permanent residents. Being relatively small the island forms part of the town hall of Alicante as it is not considered big enough to have it’s own town hall. It was first Read More…

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La Isla de Nueva Tabarca

Education basics in Spain

Education Under Spanish law, schooling is mandatory between the ages of 6 and 16 years. Although the state education is free, parents must pay for books, materials and any activities that are extra-curricular. It’s possible for low income families to get a grant for these, but this depends on the laws of the region where the child lives. Educational provision before the age of 6 is not mandatory and state provision varies, which also depends on the region where one lives. Primary schools normally have an infants section, usually for children between the ages of 3 and 6 years, but Read More…

La Isla de Nueva Tabarca

La Isla de Nueva Tabarca (The Island of Nueva Tabarca) Two and a half kilometres out to sea from the Cabo de Santa Pola is the island of Tabarca. The permanent population of the island is around 105 people and the island is the largest island off the Valencian coasts. In the busy Spanish tourist season the population of the island jumps to around 3000 daily tourists or non permanent residents. Being relatively small the island forms part of the town hall of Alicante as it is not considered big enough to have it’s own town hall. It was first Read More…

My first day at a Spanish school

The nervous feeling of being left at a foreign school can be very frightening for a young child, but as I look back to the day my parents enrolled me at the primary school of San Miguel de Salinas I’m grateful of the experience. First day nerves were the worst thing and only being able to understand the very basics, “Si”, “Hola” and “adios” I some made my way through the morning, but soon I was to go to my new classroom and meet the Spanish children that would become my friends. My parents were still with me when I Read More…

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