Walking alongside a hooded penitent wife, a father carries a sleeping child, after a Holy Week (Semana Santa) procession in Jerez de la Frontera, Andalucia, Spain. Location: Plaza del Banco.

Holy Week and Easter in Spain: a Unique Cultural Experience for the Family

So, you plan to have a unique cultural experience for your Easter in Spain (Holy Week/Semana Santa). Here's what to expect whether you are going to be in Jerez de la Fronterra or anywhere else in Spain, particularly the big towns in Andalucia this Easter week or at some point in the future.  It's one … Continue reading Holy Week and Easter in Spain: a Unique Cultural Experience for the Family

Where to See Flamenco in Jerez during Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) for FREE?

You came here for flamenco, didn't you? And it just happens to be the Easter/Passion/Holy Week in this little town of flamenco, sherry, fighting bulls and dancing horses. Not to worry. The city has evolved and there are FREE flamenco shows here this Easter Passion week. The oldest continuously run "Tabanco" in Jerez de la … Continue reading Where to See Flamenco in Jerez during Easter Holy Week (Semana Santa) for FREE?

A procession during Holy Week (Semana Santa) along Calle Pozuelo, Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. Penitents await the chanting of Saeta--a unique form of religious song about “the suffering, death, and majesty of Jesus Christ, and of the grief of the Virgin Mary”-D.E. Pohren. This is one of the primitive songs that made its way into Flamenco.

Easter in Spain: Where to See Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?

If you are planning to spend the Holy Week in Spain (Semana Santa), you may be able to witness a unique form of flamenco called Saeta, exclusively sang during this time especially in Andalucia (southern Spain).  Saetas are religious songs in the form of chants worshiping the decorated figurines of Jesus and Mary at seemingly … Continue reading Easter in Spain: Where to See Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?

Happy Spring Forward to a Family Lifestyle Change

Ahhhh, Spring! We woke up to the first day of Spring in Lisbon, Portugal for the start of a family gap year. We left the U.S. to have a different lifestyle--one that is slower-paced and more family-oriented. And it's easier to that in the land of the sun--Andalucia (southern Spain). It was supposed to be … Continue reading Happy Spring Forward to a Family Lifestyle Change

Making Flamenco Christmas Songs with Kids🎵 Little Drummer Boy and El Tamborilero 🎅 + Video🎄

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! As part of our "father and sons" bonding time, my kids and I make music in both English and Spanish throughout the year. We are slow in publishing these songs because, hey, I'm a fulltime father and we have other things to do. 😊 Here's one (music and video on Youtube) that we managed to finish before this Christmas--a children's flamenco Christmas version of the popular Christmas song "The Little Drummer Boy" mixed with the Spanish equivalent "el Tamborilero".

Day 36 Road Trip with Kids: To Home, Jerez de la Frontera in Pictures

After 36 days of family camping with kids from Spain to Poland and back, with a month break in Poland in between, we're finally home in beautiful and sunnysideup Andalucia! It took us over 4,116 kilometers, 56 driving hours and over 20 days on the road in a roundabout kind of return trip to avoid … Continue reading Day 36 Road Trip with Kids: To Home, Jerez de la Frontera in Pictures

Father and Son👦FREE play ⚡ SuperZings Battle in Lego Duplo Land💥 Video with Cool Effects 👍

My kids challenged me to make a video of their FREE play with SuperZings and Lego Duplo toys that looked like some sort of a movie with lasers, lightning and a bunch of cool visual and sound effects. . . and music too! It took a while, but here it is--part one. WARNING: this is a BATTLE SCENE; you know, when children play with toy soldiers and war?! You know I know... many don't like that sort of thing. But that's how we played it then. BIG SMILE 🙂😷

Song for the Day… for a Month: Homeschooling Activity (May)

"What's our song for today?," my older son asked. And before long we, along with his little brother, were singing "Ciao Bella Ciao" and talking about Sicily and partisans, and finding Italy on the map, learning some Italian, and the who, what, when, where, why, how, what else, and what other thoughts they had about … Continue reading Song for the Day… for a Month: Homeschooling Activity (May)

Homeschooling? Discover Songs for the Day… for a Month

Let's discover a new song for the day, for an entire month! That's what I told the kids at the beginning of the month, two weeks in the strict coronovirus lockdown here in Spain. Why? Well, the kids are at home a lot these days and you know you can only do so much with … Continue reading Homeschooling? Discover Songs for the Day… for a Month