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Santa Noelia?Va a ser que no
This is a photo of my student, Noelia dressed in the typical dress of the women during Semana Santa (Holy Week: which is the week before Easter).
The men dress in hoods which British or Americans will associate with the KKK.
All are correct and you will see it spelt in either way all across Granada. I'm not sure where the spellings come from. Maybe one is the Arabic spelling and the other is the Spanish Spelling and another the British!
Don't be confused by it though!
The view from my house
Don't order food with your beer until you see if they bring you free tapas. If they don't bring any ask them if your drink comes with free tapas because sometimes they can forget!
Only in Granada can you eat proper tapas for free. In other parts of Andalucia they will give you only olives or crisps. In Granada they give you all sorts.
For example: Sardines,chorizo(Spanish sausage type thing), Morcilla(black pudding), Pan Catalan(bread with freshly squeezed tomatoes and cured ham), patatas fritas (French fries) and much much more.
With every drink your tapas will get better better ( not only due to the effects of the alcohol). They have a set menu for everyone’s first, second, third tapas etc. I usually like to move around a lot, so I have no idea what they will give you if you stay in the same bar all night (a three course meal? Lobster? Caviar?)!
Viw from my flat. It's time for a siesta
Shops usually open fom about 9 in the morning and close at 2pm (in Spain the morning (mañana) is considered to be up to 2pm not 12pm). They then open again in the afternoon at about 5:30-6 until 9-9:30.In Spain there is no evening time they call it afternoon (tarde) right up to nightime (noche).
Many shops may close Saturay afternoons and all day Sunday. Especially in smaller towns or villages.
Watch out for the many holidays and Puentes (extended holidays) when shops can be closed 3 or 4 days in a row!!!!!!
It's not party time yet!
On a Friday or Saturday night in Spain you usually go out for dinner at 10 O'clock and then hit the bars or Botellon (street party) at 12 o' Clock (yes that late! The bars are empty before then unless they serve tapas too!). Then the people usually head to a nightclub at around 3 and stay there until they are thrown out (usually around 7 in the morning). Spain (especially Andalucia in the south) is a party country.
Remember portions of the drinks here are not measured so drinks are really strong. This usually causes problems for us Brits as we are not used to being able to drink all night so usually cram alcohol down our necks at a rate you wouldn't believe! We can't do that in Spain or we'll be in bed before the party's begun! Pacing takes time to learn, but can be done!
IMPORTANT: If you hear a bell toll in a bar don't worry this means someone has tipped the barman/woman and not that it is last orders. So you can relax!
The favourite drink in Spain is Whisky/Whiskey. You will see more types of it here than in Ireland and Scotland put together! Watch out for the brand called DYC too. you could never call a drink that in an English speaking country. If you don't get why try reading it as a word and not an Acronym. Hehe.
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