What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)? In Jerez de la Frontera, there are week-long processions of over 30 religious fraternities, 5-6 times a day, day and night, each taking hours, all over the city. Each procession has its "pasos" (floats) with sculptures of Jesus, Mary and scenes from the Passion of the Christ. This is a cultural and educational experience for the family, whether you are a Catholic or not, a believer or not. . . with children or not.

Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family

What memorable family things to do with kids in Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa)?  If you are here, you cannot miss it--the religious processions all week long. . .  everywhere!  In Andalucia such nazarenos (penitents') parades are apparently much more glamorous than in the northern parts of Spain.  In Jerez de la Frontera, … Continue reading Easter in Spain: a unique cultural experience for the family

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Two young boys on a red sled coming down a slope. One is pointing outward. The other one upfront looks directly and bravely ahead, holding onto to his older brother. In the background. blue sky over the peaks of the mountain atop Hoya de la Mora, in Sierra Nevada, province of Granada in Andalucia, Spain.

Snow this far south in Europe?

With over 300 days of strong Andalusian sunshine here in southern Spain, you would not think that there would be snow. Think again! The Sierra Nevada, about a one-hour drive from the city of Granada, boasts the southernmost point of Europe where you can ski, sled and snowboard as late as early May.  You can … Continue reading Snow this far south in Europe?

So far we have the (above) Peña Flamenca Buena Gente contest (concurso) where you can reliably see a Saeta performance.  Semi finals begining at 2100h on 05 and 06 April 2019 @  "Nave del Aceite" in Plaza Belen.  FREE entrance.  If you are like the locals who bring their family along, there is a nice playground with a wide open space for your kids' free play in the plaza.  The finals will be at 20:30 on 13 April at Sala Compañia.  Usually also FREE entrance until full.  Arrive early.  There will be a line.

Easter in Spain: where to see Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?

If you are planning to visit southern Spain during the Holy Week (Semana Santa), you may be able to chance upon a unique form of flamenco called Saetas, exclusively sang during this time.  These are religious songs in the form of chants worshiping the decorated figurines of Jesus and Mary at seemingly endless processions during … Continue reading Easter in Spain: where to see Saeta in Jerez de la Frontera?

Be kind. Unwind. www.freeelectrons.family. Scattered clouds. Baby blue sky. uncut grass in the foreground. Big Smile!

Happy Spring. World Down Syndrome Day 2019

Spring has sprung! Happy Death of Winter... for now.  And in the words of our brothers and sisters elsewhere, "Navruz Muborak"! Two years ago today we all woke up in Lisbon.  Did you know that today is also World Down Syndrome Day? What's the connection? I'll sort of get to that below. White flowers of … Continue reading Happy Spring. World Down Syndrome Day 2019

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Winter in Cadiz, Spain

Beach under the winter sun.  It is this happy houseband's favorite babysitter.  And what better place for our young boys to combine freeplay in three languages (Polish, English and Spanish) with getting some winter sun tan than here in the Costa de la Luz. In the first few days of March, we headed off to … Continue reading Winter in Cadiz, Spain

Polonia? Bologna? Bolonia✔ 6 family fun things to do in Cadiz, Spain… with children

Polonia? Bologna? Bolonia✔, Cadiz, Andalucia, Spain 6 #freeelectrons.family fun things to do with kids in… BOLONIA, NOT Bologna (Italy) ... and certainly NOT Polonia (Poland)! Not far from the better-known surfing capital of Europe of Tarifa in the coastal region of Cadiz, Spain, Bolonia is a hidden gem of a destination for both individual and family-oriented explorers. Only … Continue reading Polonia? Bologna? Bolonia✔ 6 family fun things to do in Cadiz, Spain… with children

Joy to the World (por Rumba Flamenca) in the Spirit of Zambombas de Jerez

#familyfuntime audio and video recording a Rumba Flamenca version of "Joy to the World" in the style of Zambombas de Jerez.