Thursday, June 23, 2005

SAN JUAN. ALICANTE

S. JUAN´S BONFIRES


Hello everybody. How do you do?.

This time , I´m going to write about The Bonfires in Alicante, S.Juan.
This is the biggest party in Alicante, whose origin was in 1928, and whose custom was and is burn several things, while people dance around a bonfire in order to welcome the summer.

Today, each group of people makes an artistic monument with several materials (for example, the papier mâché )in their streets; the monuments represent sarcastic characters of TV, magazines, politicians ... . and they are shown in the night on 20 june, to be burned four days later.

The bonfires are done in the hill of Benacantil Mount, where there is the important Castle of Santa Bárbara; The rests of the monuments, are trhown from here.

Thus, the city is iluminated so, it will be purified and without bad spirits, according to the rituals.

- Not only in this party there are bonfires , but also the ALCALDE makes a program about different games, and activities. Every year, we can enjoy the bullfights, processions, sport championships, and more activities in the street where people eat the tipical food in this time in Alicante: a cake with tuna, and figs.

It´s worth !!! I think. If you have gone to this party, would you mind to tell me more information about it?. I´d like to visit The Bonfires some day.

Ah!!! Very lucky for your exams!!! CHEER UP!!


By Cristina Torres Montiel.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

THE SUMMER

THIS SUMMER


Hi everybody!!!. Here I tell you about my summer:

First of all I´d like to write all things that I´m doing this summer.

The most important thing is, finish my career in June, because I´ve been given a grant in order to work abroad as an instructor for two months : July and August.
In my opinion, It´s worth spending my freetime on learning another language ; I refer to English , so the abroad place will be Irland.

- Secondly, I want to travel to Cuba with my family, and visit this gorgeous country.
I think It´s a good idea to know new culture; Futhermore it´s said that Cuban use a similar language that the Spanish, however we make out their language because of their accent.

Next , not only I´m going to travel abroad, and work, but also I ought to do karate one more hour every day at the end of summer, in order to have an exam about second “Dan” in this sport.
As I see it, take up exercises is a very good idea for our health, but this is another topic.

Then, I´ll see a friend of mine off in Madrid so she´s taken on work in “El Salvador” to look after several poor families.

Finally, I have to say that I hope my wishes come true !!!



By CRISTINA TORRES MONTIEL (Pelimory)

SUMMER

THIS SUMMER


Hi everybody!!!. Here I tell you about my summer:

First of all I´d like to write all things that I´m doing this summer.

The most important thing is, finish my career in June, because I´ve been given a grant in order to work abroad as an instructor for two months : July and August.
In my opinion, It´s worth spending my freetime on learning another language ; I refer to English , so the abroad place will be Irland.

- Secondly, I want to travel to Cuba with my family, and visit this gorgeous country.
I think It´s a good idea to know new culture; Futhermore it´s said that Cuban use a similar language that the Spanish, however we make out their language because of their accent.

Next , not only I´m going to travel abroad, and work, but also I ought to do karate one more hour every day at the end of summer, in order to have an exam about second “Dan” in this sport.
As I see it, take up exercises is a very good idea for our health, but this is another topic.

Then, I´ll see a friend of mine off in Madrid so she´s taken on work in “El Salvador” to look after several poor families.

Finally, I have to say that I hope my wishes come true !!!



By CRISTINA TORRES MONTIEL (Pelimory)

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Hi everybody!!. Today I haven´t got any news, because It´s still early .
To tell the truth, when I have got up at half past seven and I have opened the window in my bedroom, I have seen that the sun was out!!, however, when I have gone out, It wasn´t hot!.
This weather isn´t typical in this date, in spring; But, in the one hand, I know It´s good, so It hasn´t rained and there are drought.



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TODAY!

Sunday, May 15, 2005

ALARCOS IN CIUDAD-REAL

ALARCOS

First of all, I say that Alarcos is a party in ciudad-Real that is celebrated in May.
There are many activities:

- The bishop celebrates mass in the Church S.Peter at 9 in the morning,
Then, people offer many flowers to the Alarcos Virgin, and dance the typical dancing. Futhermore there is a competition in order to make the best lemonade,or in the other hand, women, men, boys and girls, cook typical food in c-real.


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In the afternoon , the horses show us a performance about Medival Time.; About half-past nine, it´s celebrated the Popular open-air dance.
Finally, at 3 a.m, everybody eat chocolate with fritters. This is a day, for example, but Alarcos continues during five days.

I imagine you´re thinking why we celebrate this party, or why this name, probably; so, I´m telling you a short introduction about what Alarcos was in ciudad real:



The Hill of Alarcos is located in the municipal term of Real City, where is located the Sanctuary of Ntra. Mrs. of Alarcos, in the km. 8 of the highway of Real City to Piedrabuena.

It is a medieval location of great importance, with a previous stage, Iron I, and a moment of first equally present romanization. Their medieval stage is documented in the 12nd and 13rd centuries.

Secondly, Alarcos has been identified by numerous authors like the old city of Lacurris, Lacuri, or Larcuris. Many bronze sculptures have been found in the excavation of the location what explain the important Iberian past.



The first news of medieval Alarcos are part of the legend, because of a possible marriage among the mulberry Zaida and the King Alfonso VI. It was reconquered by Alfonso VII in 1147, and it´s rebuild by Alfonso VIII , whose defense was entrusted to “Order of Calatrava”.
19th in July ,1195 the famous battle , it takes their name –Alarcos- ,concluded in a defeat of the Christian army in front of the troops “almohades of al-Mansur”.
However, several years later, in 1212, there was a definitive Conquest and repopulation of La Mancha , thanks to the victory of Las Navas de Tolosa.


Starting from this date the decline of Alarcos begins because Alfonso X was unable to rebuilt it, so people who lived there, went away to the next village named Pozo Seco of Don Gil, and here Villa Real was founded by him, in 1255.

To tell the truth, since C-Real was founded, Alarcos was forgotten.

Unlike this centuries before, it´s been found a lot of old things and so, starting from 1990 the creation of the School Shop Alarcos was materialized with the purpose to consolidate and to restore the different areas dug until the moment, as well as the castle and the medieval wall that were in progressive deterioration for the step of the time.

All of this, is going to be an Arqueologic Park, with the aim of the citizens can visit this future monumental whole.


BY CRISTINA TORRES MONTIEL.

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

I CAN WRITE AT LAST!!

Hello everybody!!! My computer is crazy so I wasn´t able to write in my blog.

Today, I´d like to "say" I have done a lot of things, and it has taken me a lot of time. This morning at 9, I went to the university, and then, I catched a bus to Ciudad- Real in order to coach hard beacuse I´ll have an exam about the second "dan" in Karate-do, the next June.

First of all, I´d like to write that I have done karate since I was 6 years old in the same "school" named Shotokan. The meaning of this word is the name called to a concrete kind of karate by the Teacher Funakockzzy.

On the other hand, the meaning of the word karate-do, is composed by three words; KARA meanings empty, TE meanings hand, and finally, DO is refered to the spiritual way.

Secondly I continue to tell you about my day:
- At 3 I arrived to Ciudad Real , at home and I ate a snack; then I went to the library in order to give back two books, and I went to my gymnasium.

Now, I´m in my bedroom with my computer. To tell the truth I´m tired, so I think I´m finishing for the time being.

Finally, I say good bye and I like to write in the blog!! It´s a very good idea to learning English, in this way.

BYE!!!!!!!! (by Pelimory: Cristina Torres Montiel. naranjiito82@yahoo.es)

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

COMPOSITION: EXPOLINGUA 2005

EXPOLINGUA 2005





First of all, I´d like to explain what Expolingua is. Expolingua is the international fair that is celebrated in Spain too - specifically in Madrid - .

The objective of this fair is to know the different languages in the world, above all.

Since 1988 this event has existed. Every year there are a lot of new things or themes to show in this place.

Not only the information tells us about English,( although it´s the most important in Spain) but also it shows some didactics courses and/or another languages like German, Spanish, Portuguese, in order to become bilingual, because the Spanish government rules enact the teachers must speak to the children in English all the time in class, at schools.
If you want or need improve the English vocabulary, fluency, or something else, to teaching at schools (for example), this is the appropriate place for it; that is, you can get many sources of information about how to learn new courses to show in the classroom.

As I see it, Expolingua is worth the trouble.





By Cristina Torres Montiel.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

MY BLOG!!!

HELLO, I HAVE MADE MY BLOG, AT LAST!!.