“El Gordo” Lottery in Spain – why spaniards are obsessed with it

Illuminated streets, family atmosphere, music, Christmas shopping, and of course, the lottery. The Spanish Christmas Lottery or simply Lotería de Navidad is a national lottery. In the Spanish-speaking media it is sometimes just called El Gordo and is the second longest continuously running lottery in the world. The Christmas Lottery is one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Spain. Share tickets (décimos) with family members, with the group of friends, with coworkers … and dream about everything that can be done if you buy a ticket. The lottery administrations, during these months, are filled with people full of hope. The “décimos” are given or shared, because as the slogan of the Christmas Lottery says, “the best gift is to share it”. On December 22nd, the date on which the lottery of Christmas is held, all the Spaniards follow the live draw on the radio or televisions at work or at home, consulting the internet via mobile … everyone wants to know if they or someone they know have won something. From the first draw, the children of San Ildefonso were in charge of singing the numbers of the Christmas Lottery, which until 1913 were printed on papers. As of this date, the system of drums and wooden balls that is still used today was implemented. Currently, the maximum prize has a value of 4 million euros. Although the statistics prove that the chances of winning are very low, each year the prize of this famous lottery makes someone happy, and this fact feeds the illusion of others who resort to lucky classics like rubbing the “décimo” by the...
How learning a language changes your life completely

How learning a language changes your life completely

Nowadays learning languages has become a necessity, not only for work reasons, but also at the social level. It is a complex challenge. Speaking another language does not only imply knowing its grammar and structure, but also means thinking in different way. This seems a bit difficult at first, however with time, dedication and practice can be achieved by every language student. What is the main reason for learning languages? Learning languages can change your life completely and open doors to a completely new way of life. I have been teaching Spanish for a long time. Long before that I was a language student myself. From my personal experience I believe the only way to truly learn a language is to immerse yourself in its culture. And this language immersion, in one way or another, transforms you. For years I studied English at school as a child, and later at private academies. Despite all the effort it wasn’t until I went to England and started to experience its culture when I really began to internalize English language. By internalize, I mean I stopped translating in my head, and started to create new mental schemes. The best way to tell whether you really speak a foreign language is when you are able to express an idea in that language in a way that you are not able to do it in your native language. And that is the greatest gift that speaking another language can give you, learn to think in a more diverse way. But this is not the only advantage of speaking foreign languages Expand your abilities Developing...
The Romería in Adeje – Be part of a colourful Canarian Culture

The Romería in Adeje – Be part of a colourful Canarian Culture

People from Canary Islands love to celebrate and cherish their culture and traditions. A very typical and worth seeing example of those festivities is a “Romería”. In Adeje it will be celebrated on the 16th of October. Here is why you should not miss it.     Similar to the customs on the Spanish Peninsula and in Latin America, people in Canary Islands held many celebrations based on religion throughout the year. Those are a great opportunities for visitors, to get an insight in history and culture of the islands whilst having a great time with delicious food, uplifting music and locals in a good temper. Especially in Canary Islands Romerías are held as very popular and traditional celebrations. What is a Romería A Romería is one of those festivities mentioned above and stands for a pilgrimage, that can be done by foot, horse or carriage, leading to a sacred place such as a church or chapel. Originally the celebrations were thought to honour saints and their good doings for the people. Initially only the upper class of Tenerife revelled Romerías and throughout many years they became more popular and open for everybody. Nowadays a Romería is one of the most significant ways for Canarians to show and preserve their culture. The best comparison for it is a harvest festival. Almost every region celebrates one during the year, each having a different background and diverse specialties. You can find them in the north and in the south of the island, however the Romerías in the north are mostly bigger. Here are some examples: Eucaristía en Honor a San Sebastián...