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.

What not to miss, to expect and to do during Easter in Spain?

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 (14-21 April this year) or at some point in … Continue reading What not to miss, to expect and to do during Easter in Spain?

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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

New gypsies: International Romani Day, 8 April

"Tata, we are gypsies, right?," my then 6-year old son Karol asked me. We were looking at a map, talking about his diverse friends in school, why we have moved from the "yellow house" to the "blue house" to the "white house" in the past two years, and our future plans to move elsewhere. Well, … Continue reading New gypsies: International Romani Day, 8 April

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?

Thinking of moving abroad with your family for a year without work? Yes, you can! We did.

This can help you make it happen for your family. This is part 2 of the questions that I needed to address in order to persuade my wife for us to quit the job and life in the U.S. and move to Spain, two young kids in tow, three summers ago. "Tata!," my seven-year old, … Continue reading Thinking of moving abroad with your family for a year without work? Yes, you can! We did.

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?

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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