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El Camino de Santiago: La Peregrina

Religiously speaking El Camino de Santiago, in English “The Way of Saint James,” is the pilgrimage to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain, where legend has it that the remains of Jesus’s apostle Saint James the Elder lie. The Camino has existed as a Christian pilgrimage for well over 1,000 years, and there is evidence of a pre-Christian route as well. Throughout … Continue reading El Camino de Santiago: La Peregrina

Cadiz and Jerez: Flamenco Hunting

Cadiz – view from above After weekend after weekend of studying Spanish and seeing the sights in Madrid, I decided it was time for a little bit of adventure. So, I walked down to the train station and bought a ticket to Cadiz, Andalusia, booked a hostel and waited for the weekend to arrive. Friday I had my backpack strapped on and I arrived 15 minutes … Continue reading Cadiz and Jerez: Flamenco Hunting

Toledo: El Alma de España

The past weekend my American friend Cynthia and I took a short day trip to Toledo, about a 30 minute train ride outside of Madrid. Now, we all know that Spain is home to some beautiful cities with incredible remains of old civilizations, cultures and architecture. And yet Toledo, this teeny tiny medieval fortress city, has been named the “El Alma de España” (or “the soul of Spain”). Toledo is … Continue reading Toledo: El Alma de España

Madrid, es que no me caíste bien…

So in Spanish there are a variety of ways to say that you like something, or that someone or something fits you well. In regards to people, there are two ways to express this. The first is llevarse bien o mal con alguien which means, “to get along well with someone, or not.” Ejemplo: Mi compañero de trabajo y yo nos llevamos muy bien. = my … Continue reading Madrid, es que no me caíste bien…

La Despedida de Mi Querida Barcelona

[English Translation at the end] Me parece apropiado escribir este blog final en español. Hace un año publiqué en mi blog, “Como tercera generación puertorriqueña siento que he perdido el contacto con mi herencia latina – especialmente el idioma. Hace dos años que descubrí el baile de salsa – y que encontré un pedazo de mi alma que había estado añorando. El próximo capítulo de … Continue reading La Despedida de Mi Querida Barcelona