SPAIN

Cassandra Simmons, Period 06

Hola amigos! Welcome to Spain!

Spain, it’s a country with a unique culture, diverse terrain a beautiful countryside and urban cities. You can relax on the coast of the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, drive through the countryside touring farms and vineyards, or climb the Pyrenees Mountains in the north. Whatever you do there is a place for everyone.

What to do, try, see, and eat while you are in Spain.

While you are in Spain you might want to relax on beautiful beaches or go to watch the most favored sport in the country, soccer. The game of soccer can be seen almost every day if you want to stay cheap. Professional league games cost a lot so if you want to save some money just look in a local field, in the streets, and in soccer complexes. If you need something to do during the day you can always go to a museum. You can visit the Museo del Prado and Museo del Prado which are both well known art museums. The Museo del Prado is one of the largest art museums in the world! If you are not much into art you can tour a palace or visit National Archaeological Museum of Spain. If you like parties, Spain is just the place to be because they have lots of holidays and celebrations. Of them are Holy Week, which is the week before Easter, they also celebrate all of the normal holidays of Easter and Christmas because the country is dominantly Catholic. Each city during the summer has its own fiesta to honor the patron saint of that town. The main thing is Spanish people are well known for fiestas so you don’t have to go during a specific time of year. Depending on where you are there will be different types of food. On the coast there is seafood and the popular dishes are, paella which is a dish with rice and fish, arros negre (rice with calamari ink), and many varieties of fish and seafood. In the countryside you would see more land animal dishes like ham and pork, lamb stew, gazpacho, and more.
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If you are bored and it is a hot day, just come to the beach and relax. Look at this beach in Barcelona.

Getting to know about the language in Spain

The dominate language in Spain is the language the Spaniards created, Spanish. “Buenos dais” (good morning) would be the first thing you would most likely hear when you get up in the morning. Another typical greeting would be “Buenas noches” or good evening. Hola is the casual way to say hello. A common question the Spanish ask is “Como estas?” (How are you?) People are addressed differently too. Close friends and children call each other by their first name usually, though there are different ways to respect an older person by what you call them. You call a man Senor, which means Mr., and you call a lady Senora (Mrs.) or Senorita (Miss). To show special respect to someone you put Don or Dona in front of their first name.

The Government of Spain

    Spain has a parliamentary monarchy which means there is a parliament and a king. The King Juan Carlos 1, is the chief of state, and like England they have a prime minister.  Mariano Rajoy is currently the prime minister of Spain and he is head of government.  The government of Spain is bicameral and has 264-seat Senate and a 350-seat Congress of Deputies.  The elections for the parliament are every 4 years and the king rules until he dies then his heir is the new king or queen.

Spain's Exchange Rate

    Spain is in the United Nations (UN), which is an organization of bringing together Europe. The UN offers a currency of the Euro and everyone in the UN is free to use it as their currency or not. Spain took the currency of the Euro which equals precisely 1.34617 US dollars. The using of the Euro as a country’s currency helps trade and travel around Europe.  
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Roman Catholic is the largest religion in Spain. Look at this cathedral! Isn't it beautiful?

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