Thursday, April 16, 2015

Concerts in Salamana this weekend

Salamanca has a full and varied musical scene. Besides festivals such as Fàcyl and Etnohelmántica and the annual classical music and jazz series, national and international music stars choose the city to reach their fans. Furthermore, the live music offer keeps growing and numerous pubs and bars hold concerts and jams every week. This weekend is packed with options for every taste. We pick some:

Thursday, April 16th
Style: acoustic with folk, country and blues influences and a rock and punk spirit.
Guitars, accordion, mandolin, drums and other percussion forms, bass guitar and banjo are the instruments that complement the singer's voice, David Ruiz, in their songs. 
11:00 pm at Sala Potemkin. Tickets: 10 euros.

 


Friday, April 17th

Leiva 

Style: pop rock
After the duo he was part of,
Pereza, split up, Leiva launched his first solo album in 2012. The renowned artist visits Salamanca with his new album, Pólvora.
10:00 pm at Auditorio Sánchez Paraíso. Tickets: 23 euros.

 

Rapsusklei
Style: rap, hip hop, reggae, dancehall

MC Diego Gil, aka Rapsusklei, one of the most renowned in the national scene, comes to Salamanca to showcase his latest work, Reality Flow.  
8:00 pm at Music Factory. Entrada: 10 euros.


 

Saturday, April 18th

Cowabunga
Style: Southern surf rock

"Cowabunga is a band from Burgos which plays rock with Southern rock, surf rock and garage influences, as well as others that I am too lazy to bother to list". That's right; prepare to be surprised with their eclectic yet coherent style.
10:00 pm at La Sociedad Hard Rock Club. Ticket: 4 euros (includes a drink); tickets to be bought at the door.


 
Bye Bye Lullaby
Style:
independent folk-rock
This well-known Salmantinian band returns home with their second album, Origen.
10:00 pm at Sala B del CAEM. Entrada: 6 euros


Fancy going to one or more of these concerts? There are many more to choose from this weekend. Find more concerts at
Exprime Salamanca.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Extracurricular activities 13.04.2015 - 18.04.2015

What a host of activities we have prepared for this week! Starting with our traditional Lunes de Aguas picnic. Don't miss out!

Monday 13, 2:00 pm: Lunes de Aguas – Although this is not an official festivity, it constitutes a very deep-rooted tradition in Salamanca to gather with friends or family on Lunes de Aguas (the Monday following Easter Sunday), go to the countryside or to the river and have a picnic. Tía Tula is no exception: we are having our picnic by the river and we'll bring hornazo (eating this Salmantinian delicacy on Lunes de Aguas is a must), empanadas and games. Come spend the afternoon with us!

Tuesday 14, 7:00 pm: Exhibition – With “El Cielo en Llamas” we'll get to know how an aurora borealis occurs, some testimonies of auroras happening over Salamanca in the past and a simulation of one over our city.
Approximate duration: 1h.

Wednesday 15, 5:00 pm: Bicycle tour – A different way to discover Salamanca. Join!
Approximate duration: 1h.

Thursday 16, 4:00 pm: Zumba lesson - Come get in shape and have fun with Lourdes as a teacher. If after the lesson you want to keep practising, here is a playlist to dance zumba to
Approximate duration: 1h.

Friday 17, 8:00 pm: Concert – “Ávila, pulso y púa". We will take you to Teatro Juan del Enzina for this peculiar concert. Watch a taster here.

Sábado 18: Excursions – ¿A dónde prefieres ir este fin de semana? ¿A Sevilla, Granada o a Toledo? 
Infórmate en secretaría y cuando hayas elegido destino no olvides apuntarte antes del miércoles.
Where would you rather go this weekend? Seville, Granada, Toledo? Get further information at the reception desk and book your spot by Wednesday.

Please don't forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (in order to reserve your place). The minimum number of participants required for each activity is usually three. Unless otherwise stated, the meeting point is Tía Tula school. If no price is mentioned in the above description, the activity is free of charge.

Try to participate in as many activities as you can; they are designed not just for you to have fun, but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you have learnt in class.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Zumba playlist

As many of you know, Lourdes, one of our Spanish teachers here at Tía Tula, is also a dance and fitness instructor (you can see her in action here). She is a huge fan of Zumba, the high-energy Columbian dance phenomenon that combines aerobics and elements of Salsa, Samba and Reggaeton, among others. We asked her for the perfect Zumba playlist!

Zumba is the perfect work-out, helping you to burn calories, tone muscles, increase co-ordination and improve cardio-vascular fitness - all while dancing to your favorite tracks. What's more, Zumba can help ease tension, reduce stress and put a smile on your face!

Why not have a listen to our Zumba playlist, available on Spotify and Grooveshark?

Youtube playlist is also available, complete with choreographed dance routines. Fancy giving it a try?




Click here to see what happened last time Lourdes led a Zumba class at Tía Tula...
If you like the sound of Spanish music we recommend having a listen to our very own Tía Tula playlist, created as part of the UN initiative #HappySoundsLike.

Extracurricular Activities, 06.04.15 - 10.04.15

As Semana Santa draws to a close, and our capas and capirotes go back in the cupboard for another year, it is time to dive head first into another fun-filled and activity-packed week here at Tia Tula!
Hello April!

Monday 6th, 19:30: Tapas - We will be heading to La Casa de las Morcillas to try a selection of different tapas - potato, onion, rice, sweet, spicy - what will you choose to tickle your tastebuds?
Approximate Duration: 1h.

Tuesday 7th, 19:00: Charlamos – Don't miss this great opportunity to improve your Spanish in a fun and relaxed enviroment. Rosa will lead a discussion on a topic currently in the news.
Approximate Duration: 1h.

Wednesday 8th, 16:00: Horse riding - Love horses? Join us for a canter around the beautiful Salmantinian countryside.
Don´t forget to sign up before 14.00, Tuesday 7th.

Thursday 9th, 17:00: Guided tour - Don´t miss this great chance to get to improve your knowledge of the rich and fascinating history of Salamanca. Led by our very own experts Lorena and Ana.
Approximate Duration: 1h.

Friday 10th, 20:00: Cookery lesson - Learn how to make a delicious paella, the flag-bearer of Spanish cuisine and one of the country's most popular dishes.
Of course, we will be eating our concoctions afterwards!

Saturday 11th: Excursions - Where do you want to go this week? Santiago de Compostela? Leon y Astorga? You decide -  but make sure you sign up before Wednesday 8th!

Please don't forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (in order to reserve your place). The minimum number of participants required for each activity is usually three. Unless otherwise stated, the meeting point is Tía Tula school. If no price is mentioned in the above description, the activity is free of charge.

Try to participate in as many activities as you can; they are designed not just for you to have fun, but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you have learnt in class.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Semana Santa in Salamanca

A reminder to all Tia Tula students - Thursday 2nd or Friday 3rd April are public holidays, and thus there will be no lessons on either of these dates.

Most of you reading this will be aware that this week is Semana Santa.  But what is it all about?
Semana Santa is the Spanish term for the week leading up to Easter Sunday.  The celebration dates back to the 16th century, when the Catholic Church decided to make the story of the Passion of Christ accessible to the illiterate masses. They decided that the most effective way of doing this would be to hold a series of processions depicting scenes from the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Christ, collectively known as the ´Passion Narratives’.

Every year, each of the cofradías católicas or Catholic brotherhoods carries a ’paso’ or float, depicting a different scene from the Passion Narratives. The pasos are elaborately decorated, and the participants often dress in cloaks and hoods, known as capas and capirotes. Some processions are accompanied by a band, playing a selection of sombre and atmospheric songs, whereas others take place in mournful silence. The participants carrying the paso are called costaleros, whilst those following the float are called penitentes.

Salamanca
As one would expect from a city so imbued in history and culture, Salamanca has one of the oldest celebrations in Spain. According to local history, the earliest procession can be traced back to 1240. Although the processions in this region are less carnivalesque than those held further south, they are nonetheless an intense and vivid experience, and well worth attending.

But what about this year?
10,000 'penitents' associated with 16 brotherhoods will take to the streets between Viernes de Dolores (Friday of Sorrows, the penultimate Friday before Easter, this year Friday 27th) and Domingo de Pascua (Easter Sunday), carrying 41 different pasos.
For a full list of processions, see the official Semana Santa website. ´Horarios y Recorridos'.

An exhibition of Semana Santa posters, or carteles, is open to the public at Vialia (the train station). The exhibition closes 5th April.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Extracurricular Activities 30.03.15 - 04.04.15




This week is Semana Santa and here at Tía Tula we want to give you the chance to experience Easter with a distinctly Spanish flavour. Come and learn about the different Spanish and regional customs in a fun and engaging way!
Remember, Tia Tula will be closed on Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd April. We will re-open Monday 6th April.

Monday 30th, 17.00 : Film. We start the week with Tapas, a film written and directed by José Corbacho and Juan Cruz. Set in a working-class neighbourhood on the outskirts of Barcelona, Tapas tells the story of a group of ordinary people going about their daily lives. Intelligently written, funny and profoundly moving, this is a film not be missed!
Approximate duration - 1hr 30.

Tuesday 31st, 16.50: Game. Know and Win! Beatriz will be hosting a quickfire quiz that will test your general knowledge skills and at the same time help you practise your Spanish.
Where: Tia Tula
Approximate duration - 1hr

Wednesday 1st, 22:15: Procession Come and watch the procession of  La Hermandad de nuestro padre Jesús Flagelado y de Nuestra Señora de las Lágrimas from the balconies of Tía Tula School, whilst enjoying a glass of sweet wine and tasting the traditional obleas (wafers).
Approximate duration - 1hr

Thursday 2nd April: Jueves Santo. Public Holiday. School Closed

Friday 3rd AprilViernes Santo. Public Holiday. School Closed

Saturday 4th April: One or two-day trips. We offer a wide range of weekend trips and activities.
If you would like to participate in a weekend trip, please ask our secretary for more information. Remember to sign up before 2pm Tuesday 31st March

Please don't forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (in order to reserve your place). The minimum number of participants required for each activity is usually three. Unless otherwise stated, the meeting point is Tía Tula school. If no price is mentioned in the above description, the activity is free of charge.

Try to participate in as many activities as you can; they are designed not just for you to have fun, but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you have learnt in class.


Monday, March 23, 2015

Activities 23.03.2015 - 28.03.2015

Spring has arrived and so have a flood of Tía Tula activities! A scavenger hunt, afternoon 'pinchos', a literature workshop, a guided tour of the city and a weekend trip for next Saturday - the week is shaping up to be a busy and fun-filled seven days!

Monday 23rd, 5:00 pm: Scavenger Hunt – We will split into teams to complete a range of different tasks and activities in the centre of the city. The fastest team will win a prize! Interested? Sign up now! 
Approximate duration: 1h30min.

Tuesday 24th, 7:30 pm: Exhibition and ´'pinchos' -  Artist Paula Noidat (illustrator and photographer) presents her exhibition 'Beyond my Imagination' at El Rastrel Etic Café. Come and see her work and try a selection of vegan tapas or home-made cakes and organic coffee . 
Approximate duration: 1h.

Wednesday 25th, 4:50 pm:  – Literary Workshop. Brush up on your knowledge of contemporary Spanish literature with Montse. Come and listen to a selection of poems and literary readings. 
Approximate duration: 1h30min.

Thursday 26th, 5:20 pm: Charlamos – We will watch a short film, then discuss the ideas presented, and their relevance to current issues. Don't miss this great opportunity to practice your Spanish!  
Approximate duration: 1h30min.

Friday 27th, 6:10 pm: City Visit – A fun and interesting look at the history of various monuments and buildings around Salamanca. 
Approximate duration: 1h30min.

Saturday 28th: Weekend trip – We have a range of trips for the perfect end to the week!
Please ask our secretary for more information.


Please don't forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (in order to reserve your place). The minimum number of participants required fro each activity is usually three. Also, unless otherwise stated, the meeting point is Tía Tula school. Lastly, if there's no price mentioned in the description, the activity is free of charge. 

Try to participate in as many activities as you can; they are designed not just for you to have fun, but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you have learnt in class.