Spain

By: Aabha Vyas P.6 May 14th, 2015

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Climate/Weather

The Meseta and other inland regions of Spain have dry, sunny weather throughout the year. The regions that make up most of Spain, have scorching summers and chilly winters. Droughts, broken by occasional rainstorms, are quite common. For most of the winter the Meseta is covered by snow. On the coast and islands, mild winters and dry, hot summers occur. The pleasant summers attract many tourists, and summer is the best time to visit Spain. Winds from the Atlantic bring mild, wet weather to the Northern Mountains, which has Spain's heaviest precipitation. Temperatures between May and July range from 68-89 degrees Fahrenheit. In the winter the temperature drops down to about 48 degrees Fahrenheit.

Culture

Castilian Spanish is Spain’s official language and the language spoken by most of the people. Other languages spoken are Galicia, Euskara, and Catalan. A week before Easter, Christians celebrate Holy week. It is celebrated with parades and other special events in which many visitors come. People decorate streets with bonfires, dances, singing, fireworks, bullfights and beauty contests. The Fiesta of San Fermín is celebrated each July in Pamplona. As part of the festivities, every morning for eight days, bulls are turned loose in streets leading to a bull ring. People run in front of the animals, it is called running with the bulls. A majority of people are Roman Catholic. Some Muslims, Protestants, and Jews also live in Spain.

Culture Video

Spain - National Geographic Traveler

Spanish Paella

Recipe:


Directions


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons olive oil, paprika, oregano, and salt and pepper. Stir in chicken pieces to coat. Cover, and refrigerate.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet or paella pan over medium heat. Stir in garlic, red pepper flakes, and rice. Cook, stirring, to coat rice with oil, about 3 minutes. Stir in saffron threads, bay leaf, parsley, chicken stock, and lemon zest. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a separate skillet over medium heat. Stir in marinated chicken and onion; cook 5 minutes. Stir in bell pepper and sausage; cook 5 minutes. Stir in shrimp; cook, turning the shrimp, until both sides are pink.
  4. Spread rice mixture onto a serving tray. Top with meat and seafood mixture.

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Current Information

Currency/Exports/Economy

Spain uses the Euro. Today one euro is equal to $1.12. One dollar is equal to 0.89 Euros. Industry is a large section of this country's economy. Spaniards make fabric, food, clothing , shoes, metals, chemicals, tools, and cars. More people work in service types of jobs. One of the main industries is tourism. The warm climate of Spain allows farmers to grow grains, grapes for wine, fruits and vegetables. Around 2008, Spain entered a recession. Today, cars, metals, and chemicals along with fruits are exported.

Government

Spain is a constitutional monarchy and has been since 1978. The King of Spain is Felipe VI of Spain. Letizia Oritz Rocasolano is the Queen of Spain as the wife of the King. He was inducted as King in 2014, following the abdication of his father.
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Traveling to Spain!

The cost of a round trip from Chicago to Madrid, Spain would cost $1,360 for departing from Chicago on June 3rd and returning June 10th. The cost of staying for seven nights in the hotel, Hilton Madrid Airport would cost $1950.94.

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