Archive for the ‘Traditions’ Category


Posted on December 23rd, 2011 by by Valerie

Spanish Christmas Customs 5 – Saints and Canelons!

San Esteban/Sant Esteve My Catalan mother-in-law could never relax on Christmas Day.  Plates with remains of chicken or turkey were whipped from under our noses, earthenware dishes hauled away for scrubbing. While we were still gut-busting our way through turrón, cava, coffee and brandy, or already flaked out, bloated and snoring, in armchairs, terrifying crashes, […]

Posted on December 8th, 2011 by by Valerie

Who wants to be a caganer 2011

So here we go again, rolling out the Christmas stuff. Last year, you may recall, I got my act together enough to write a post about the caganer, and very popular and well-received it was. For newbies, or those too lazy to click on the old post to refresh their memories, the caganer is one […]

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Posted on November 29th, 2011 by by Valerie

December in Spain

If  you think that December is an ordinary working month with a bit of extra shopping and a few days off for Christmas, think again. Here, December is about as productive as August, when the whole of Spain grinds to a halt. You simply cannot expect to buy a house, get a new kitchen put […]

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Posted on April 8th, 2011 by by Valerie

Calçotada: The Musical

OMG as they say. Have just seen a post for an expat calçotada outing. Almost missed it again this season. So what’s the Garlic take (no pun intended) on the Catalans’ favourite gastronomic bash traditional to the town of Valls? The calçot looks like a cross between a leek and a spring onion, and is […]

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Posted on February 1st, 2011 by by Valerie

Bastons For The Banks

Have you seen the video of flamenco artists protesting with all their hallmark defiant passion and sensuality at the Banco de Santander? Banquero, banquero… How we loved their threatening wails. We shared it on Facebook and someone commented : we won’t see this in Catalunya.  But there’s lots of flamenco in Catalunya, someone else responded. […]