Tuesday, November 17, 2009


This blog needs a new face: it is desperately looking for its image! By this time, all the school coordinators have the rules for the Eurocontest to choose the logo -the image- of our project. So, if you've got a great idea, you're good at art or design and you would like to see your creation opening this blog, contact your school coordinator!
The jury will decide before Christmas,so everyone's still in time. Just do it!

Enrique (Spain).

Sunday, November 8, 2009


During the past visit at The Grange, last October, teachers from The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and England were planning how to start our new Comenius partnership: "STUDY AND WORK IN A EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT". The first appointment is Zwolle (Netherlands) in January next year. Then Navalmoral (Spain) in April. The visits to Stavanger (October 2010) and Bristol (April 2011) will complete our schedule of teacher and student exchanges.
While we're preparing for Zwolle, the rules for the Eurocontest to choose our logo (that, as our corporate image, will open this blog) should be arriving to your schools. Start working! Good project!

Enrique (Spain)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Spanish legend: "La Serrana de La Vera" (Mountain Girl from La Vera)

This will be part from our final CD (if we manage to put all the pieces together in time, let's knock on wood). In the meantime, you can watch here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Press Update

Here you are a scan of the article about the visit to Navalmoral as it appeared in the printed edition of "Diario Hoy", on Saturday 2 May. The photograph was taken and edited by our friend Chris (England).

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Visit in the Press

So far I haven't had time to take a look at the printed edition, but "Hoy", our most important regional newspaper, has published an article on the activities in the last visit of our project. The Internet edition does not include any images, but still is good evidence of what we have done. Here you are the link for the article. I'll try to get the printed edition and scan the article for you.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Gracias, amigos.

We have just left you on the bus to Madrid -or on the road to Portugal- and we have mixed emotions: we're happy because the activities have been a success, but we're sad because you're gone and we miss you a lot. Thank you very much for visiting us, and have a safe journey home, friends.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Spanish Tapas

Luísa from Portugal has asked me to tell her about the origins of the Spanish "tapas". The origins of our typical, healthy snacks -or so history has it- are related to our kings.
The most recent one -end of the XIXth century- assures that Alfonso XIII, during a journey in the southern province of Cádiz, asked for a sherry wine at a country inn. The keeper put a piece of ham over his glass, to prevent the typical wind in the area to put sand in the wine. The king, and all his followers, asked for a second round -of course, with tapa-.
This story makes some sense, since "tapa" comes from the verb "tapar" - to cover- but seems unlikely, as there are documented cases of wine served with their tapas already in the XVIIIth century.
A much earlier version -Middle Ages- has another of our kings -Alfonso X "the Wise", could it be otherwise?- as the inventor of the tapa. As he suffered from several ailments he ordered that every inn and tavern in his kingdom of Castille should serve drinks with some food, to prevent alcohol from affecting his subjects too much.

Spanish kings care!

I've take this from arrakis.es:
La Tapa, so as to be meaningful, has to be eaten between main meals as food that allows the body to survive until lunch or dinnertime.Some authors assert that the tapa was born when, due to an illness, the Spanish king Alfonso the 10th, the Wise, had to take small bites of food with some wine between meals. Once recovered from the disease, the wise king decreed that no wine was to be served in any of the inns in the land of Castile , unless accompanied by something to eat. This was a wise precaution to counteract the adverse effects of alcohol on those people who, through lack of money to buy a nourishing meal, drank alcohol on an empty stomach.
Apart from the story of the royal disease we should consider the theory that the tapa first appeared because of the need of farmers and workers of other unions to take a small amount of food during their working time, which allowed them to carry on working until time for the main meal.This main meal, rich in fat, was so heavy to digest that a “siesta” had to be taken for a couple of hours before going back to the fields or to the workshop. Longer working hours in the morning meant an easier workload after the meal.

We have already planned a tapas dinner in April. It will be at the "Manzano Bar", the temple of tapas in Navalmoral.

Enrique (IES Augustóbriga).

Thursday, February 12, 2009

The New Armada

Centuries after the great failure of 1588 -though falsified and magnified, a failure- that took ships and hundreds of men to the bottom of the Atlantic, the Armada is back in all its glory. The new Spanish Armada are notably our tennis or baskeball players, and latelty, also our footballers, that have passed (miracle?) from being a sad team with a sad game unable to reach the important phases of a big tournament to win the last Eurocup. We witnessed incredulous how the Red reached the final, and how they defeated... Germany! When it finished, everyone fell in a deep silence. We were not used to that. Some minutes later, euphoria took over us and all the country was celebrating that historical occasion on the street.

Now I really think this team can do even better: England played well, they deserved at least one goal in the second half. Spain didn't play that good, but they wisely controlled the game, letting the others run. When that happens, you're watching one of the real big ones. I'm sure that England, when they recover some important players, will be a dangerous team, corageously fighting till the end. See you in Old Trafford. In the meantime, I'm sorry, Bristol. We won, we hit first and we're enjoying the moment!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Last Snows of the Winter?

Remember that movie -"Smoke", 1995- in which Harvey Keitel took a daily photograph of the same corner of his area, outside his tobacconist's? I've been taking this picture all winter long. Because it's being a long cold winter here, like those before the global warming -ha, ha-.

Is it Stavanger, Norway? NO!! It's Navalmoral, West Spain. Not quite the picture foreigners who visit our country -i.e. our beaches- have of South-West Europe. Those mountains are over 2000 mts high and it's been snowing well below the 400 mts. Spain has been suffering wave of bad weather after wave for the last weeks: rain, wind, snow, and low, chilling temperatures. I wonder when it will finish. It usually does -I hope-. We're all looking forward to the weather's warming up a little. And... why not? Those summer landscapes, dreams and beaches.

This blog is meant for all the educational communities at Silainiai, St. Svithun, The Grange, Sao Miguel and IES Augustóbriga (not just teachers). So give us a glimpse of the wintertime in your area! Open your windows to the rest!

Enrique (IES Augustóbriga)