Culture and history of Spain p
Obscure Spanish cycling term to denote a collapse after having burnt up one’s reserves of carbon hydrates, which leapt into the national consciousness and everyday use, when Miguel Indurain suffered one during the 1996 Tour de France. Spaniards in all kinds of situations suddenly began to suffer them, for example, after running for the bus, casí me da una pájara.
Palomares (dovecotes) in Castilla y Leon(Iberianature)
How brave guerrillas broke the French –
Reviewed by Elizabeth Nash in teh Independent
Spain’s war against French invaders two centuries ago marked the turning-point of Napoleon’s conquest of Europe, the moment when he was stopped and, after six years of slaughter, repulsed. The emperor at the peak of his power found to his bewilderment that he couldn’t subdue a quarrelsome backwater. Napoleon’s great army was harried across the Pyrenees and fell a year later at Waterloo. “That cursed war with Spain was the main cause of France’s misfortunes,” he admitted, too late.
Perejil, Isla de – Perejil Island
Pijos are young people, usually from upper-middle or upper-class backgrounds, with conservative values, and who revel in ostentatious consumption of certain expensive brands (Blueberry’s, Lacoste, etc). Perhaps the American term preppycomes closest. Pijo/a is also used as an adjective as in ropa pija – posh clothes.
Plan de Establización
plazas de soberanía (places of sovereignty)
political quotes (by Spanish leaders and politicians)
Portugal (and its relationship with Spain)
An inn or hotel. Writing in 1954, V. S. Pritchett wrote while travelling around Spain:
“The inn, if there is one, will not be a hotel, nor even a fonda — the Arab word — but perhaps a posada: a place one can ride into with a mule or a donkey, where one can stable an animal and lie down oneself on a sack of straw, the other side of the stall.” Pritchett, V.S., The Spanish Temper (1954).
Clearly unimaginable today.
Postguerra, La – The Post-war
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