Information about Spain.
Spain is situated in the southwest of Europe, in front of Africa from which Spain separated only by the Strait of Gibraltar.
The west wall which Spain shares with Portugal is bathed by the Atlantic Ocean, whereas in the East and in the South Spain is lined by the Mediterranean Sea. Its north border separates it from France.
Spain counts 47 million inhabitants approximately who live on a territory of a surface of more than 500.000 km2, what gives an average density of 90 individuals by km2.
Spaina liberal monarchy with a king, symbol of the unit of the kingdom and the solidarity between its 9 regions.
This solidarity is seriously questioned by the Catalan freedom fighters, because Catalonia is the richest and best structured part of Spain.
The currency is the €uro.
The main language is spanish, a very wide-spread language in the world, especially in Latin America.
The Spanish people are very sociable people.
They love the company of the members of their family and have a big group of friends.
Punctuality is not observed by most of the spanish population and they are often late in their meetings and on many other occasions.
The eating habits in Spain are different to the other european countries.
Most of the spanish people take a frugal breakfast, a lunch at about 1:15 pm followed by a nap of one hour, then a dinner between 9 pm 10.30 pm.
Most of their dishes are made with the famous Spanish olive oil: it is a little bit heavy, but everybody knows its famous tapas and paella Catalan speciality.
And what to say about Boquerón (fried anchovies) fried by Gambas ajillo al (big cevettes cooked in the oil of olive with a lot of of garlic), Puntilliyas fritas (small pieces of octopus) served as tapas in all the bistro’s and restaurants.
The consumption of olives is very important.
Olive trees are a part everywhere of the landscape.
47 % of the production of olives are conditioned and sold in Europe.
Three million people live in the capital, Madrid. You can discover the city and its numerous curiosities.
The evening, the life of the students is particularly livened up in the international clubs, the restaurants, and in bars in where are always international and spanish live groups and singers.
The second city in ascending order is Barcelona, a big port on the Mediterranean sea.
It is a very alive city. It is known for the realizations of its famous architect Antoni Gaudi 1852 – 1926.
We still visit the houses which he designed and built, the park Gûel with his enormous palace and in the center of Barcelona especially the cathedral, Sagrada Familia, which he left unfinished hundred years ago and which is on the way to completion nowadays.
As Madrid, Barcelona has a very livened up life especially on their Rambla, which is also the most biggest meeting point for all people. Especially in the evening.
Most high mountain of Spain is on the island of Tenerife.
Also Spain split up a part of Pyrenees where crosses the border with France and reliefs marked in the South.
Hercules’s tower is a very important monument.
You can find a lighthouse 57 meters high which faces towards Africa.
Spain with its islands, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the most visited country in the world.
Among numerous attractions in any kinds, one is called Tomatine, a fiesta which takes place in August in the province of Valencia, in the town of Bunolqui which attracts many visitors.
But the most important event is by the parades of the Easter week everywhere in Spain.
For the opportunity, passos goes out of churches, big lorries decorated with scenes of the Bible or saints’ statues, sparkling of gold, carried at arm’s length by penitent barefoot people which pay voluntarily for their sins.
These parades take, in Andalusia especially, a scale and one solemnity considerable.
Hundreds of hooded people with a long and sharp headgear walk silently, in steps given rhythm by the banging of drums, behind the passos through the city.
Sometimes, we hear (or rather not) the profound silence.
And also sometimes we hear in the profound night silence to burst a saeta, a small spontaneous poem sprung from an open window.
While watching and observing these passos some visitors faint.
In Sevilleu ntil nine processions take place in the streets of the city centre for hours without crossing each other.
And here is the funny story which takes place in a court.
The lawyer of the person which caused an accident asks the victim: Is it true that you told my customer after the accident:
I am fine, no harm.
The answer: Of course I said it
But you have to know the whole story how it happened.
I rode on my horse quietly on the road. This car arrives at top speed and through us to the ditch.
That was really hurtful and catastrophic. You cannot imagine I and my horse were lying on the back in the ditch.
You cannot imagine I was lying there, the legs in the air and my good old horse also.
The driver goes out of the car, comes until us and notices that my horse has broken leg. Then, he took out a revolver and kills my horse without a word.
Then he asks me. Are you also woundered?
Well, what would you have answered my place?
You have to be between 18 and 30
You earn pocket money: 65, – € per week
You have to work 30 hours per week for the family