Monday, January 19, 2015

Activities 19.1.2015 - 24.1.2015













This week you will have the chance to contemplate a spectacular view over the city from the towers of La Clerecía, learn how to cook paella and converse with Spaniards in a relaxed ambiance in a language exchange. But there is more. Check all the activities we have prepared:


Monday 19, 17:00: Monument Scala Coeli: We will climb the towers of La Clerecía to delight ourselves with its spectacular panoramic views over Salamanca. Approximate duration: 45 min.

Tuesday 20, 18:30: Cookery class – We will learn how to cook a delicious paella. Approximate duration: 1 h.

Wednesday 21, 18:15: Cinema – Come with us to Cines Van Dyck to enjoy a film of your choosing at a reduced rate. Duration depends on the film you choose.

Thursday 22, 18:50: Exhibition - We will visit the exhibition "Destierro/Des-cielo. Unamuno, de París a la República. 1924-1930" on the famous writer Unamuno, very connected to Salamanca. Approximate duration: 45 min.

Friday 23, 19:45: Language exchange - Practise the Spanish you have learnt in class at our language exchange. We will go to a bar where you will meet Spaniards who are learning English. Approximate duration: 1 h.

Saturday 24: Excursion - Sevilla, Granada or Portugal, which one do you prefer? Further information at the reception desk. Don't forget to sign up by 14 h on Wednesday.


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

And don't hesitate to participate in as many activities as you can; they are designed not just for you to have fun (that is guaranteed) but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you learn in class.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Activities 12.1.2015 - 17.1.2015


Don't let the winter scare you, there are plenty of things to do in Salamanca also this time of the year. Continue to practise your Spanish after class in our activities. Here is what we have in store for you this week:

Monday 12, 19:00: Cards –Today we are going to play chinchón, a traditional Spanish card game. Approximate duration: 1 h.

Tuesday 13, 17:00: Guided tour - Come join us for a guided tour around the historical city. A member of the staff will provide you with details on the history of the city and its monuments. Approximate duration: 1 h.

Wednesday 14, 19:40: Literary event - Writer Reynaldo Lugo Mendoza will talk about his artistic career, his influences and the meaning of his work at Teatro Liceo. Approximate duration: 1 h 30 min

Thursday 15, 17:45: Indoor swimming pool– We are heading to the indoor swimming pool at La Alamedilla for a swim. Don't forget to bring your swimsuit, your swim cap, your flip-flops, your towel and your swimming skills ;-) Approximate duration: 1 h 30 min

Friday 16, 17:00: Film – Spanish cinema evening to continue practising your Spanish listening and comprehension skills.

Saturday 17: Excursion – There are several destinations available in case you want to go on a trip during the weekend. For more information please ask at the reception desk.Please, do not forget to sign up by 2 pm on Wednesday.

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

And don't hesitate to participate in as many activities as you can; they are designed not just for you to have fun (that is guaranteed) but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you learn in class.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Three Wise Men

On January 6th Spanish people celebrate one of their biggest holidays – the arrival of the Three Wise Men (los Reyes Magos). It is a deeply rooted Christian tradition but it is not the reason why all children in Spain love it. Santa Claus may be the deal in other countries, but in Spain The Three Wise Men are the real deal and thus the ones who bring presents and sweets to children (and sometimes to adults, too). However, even though Spanish culture is strong, it does get influenced by others, mainly Western, cultures and so now even Santa Claus (Papá Noel) brings presents at times. That is mostly due to the fact that if children receive the presents on January 6, they have less time to play with them before school resumes than if they receive them on December 24.

Los Reyes Magos, or The Epiphany, is a joyful festivity taking place not only inside people’s houses but also on the streets all over Spain with big parades and crowds set on celebrating the Three Wise Men who were first to acknowledge Jesus as the son of God. The parades usually take place on the evening before the Epiphany, January 5th. There’s also a bit of re-enactment taking place as the three kings, Melchor, Gaspar, and Balthasar, walk through the town and ‘throw’ goodies at the people standing by the parade route (of course it’s mostly children because that’s who the candies are meant for).

Later in the evening on January 5th, children put out their shoes where the kings can see them and prepare some food, water and hay for them and their camels to refresh themselves after their long journey. And then, in the morning on January 6th, they will find presents in their shoes and other signs that the Three Wise Men indeed came to their house (the camels of course drank the water and ate the hay). This holiday has been special to the Spanish people for a long time, however, since 1885 it has been officially acknowledged by the government and since then it remains the longest standing parade in Spain. 

Monday, January 5, 2015

Activities 5.1.2015 - 10.1.2015


Today we resume classes at Tía Tula after the Christmas break and we would like to start by wishing you an amazing 2015! 

Here are this week's activities. Enjoy!

Monday 5: Parade - Don't miss out the parade celebrating the arrival of the Three Wise Men and get as many free sweets as you can ;-) It is expected to reach Plaza Mayor around 8 pm.


Tuesday 6: Holiday - Time to open the presents the Three Wise Men have left us. 


Wednesday 7, 18:30: Chocolate and churros - Try this typical Spanish delicacy, perfect for a winter afternoon. Approximate duration: 1 h.


Thursday 8, 17:00: Guided tour - Come join us for a guided tour around the historical city. A member of the staff will provide you with details on the history of the city and its monuments. Approximate duration: 1 h.

Friday 9, 12:00: Exhibition - To end the Christmas season on a high note, we'll visit an exhibition at Iglesia San Benito featuring a nativity scene. Approximate duration: 1 h.


Saturday 10: Excursion - There are several destinations available in case you want to go on a trip during the weekend. For more information please ask at the reception desk.



Please don’t forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (to reserve your place, the minimum number of participants required is usually three). Also, unless stated otherwise, the meeting point is always the same Tia Tula school. Lastly, if there’s no price mentioned with the activity it means it is free.

And don’t hesitate to participate in as many activities as you can, they are designed not just for you to have fun (that is guaranteed) but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you learn in class.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Activities 15.12.2014-21.12.2014

The last week of classes at Tía Tula are upon us and so is Christmas holiday. On Monday we’ll go ‘visit’ a shopping centre, on Tuesday we'll learn how to cook some Christmas tapas and on Wednesday we will go ice-skating. Also, there’s a new seafood bar/restaurant in town and we’ll go check it out. And last but not least, on Friday we are having our own Christmas party so come and join for the last Tía Tula blast of 2014! :)

Monday 15, 18:00: Shopping centre – Since Christmas is getting closer we’ll go to a shopping centre El Tormes in case you ‘still’ need to buy some presents. We’ll also see a nativity scene that has been put up in one of the rooms. Approximate duration: 2h.


Tuesday 16, 17:00: Cooking class – We will learn how to cook 3 tapas typical for Christmas. Approximate duration: 1h.


Wednesday 17, 18:15: Ice skating – We will go ice-skating on an artificial ice skating ring close to Plaza de la Concordia. Approximate duration: 1h 30min.


Thursday 18, 19:30: Seafood bar/restaurant –  A new seafood bar/restaurant, ‘El Club Náutico’, has opened in Salamanca and we are going to try some of their tapas. Approximate duration: 1h 30min.


Friday 19, 12:00: Christmas party – We finish our last day at Tía Tula in 2014 with our very own Christmas party! Approximate duration: 2h. 


Saturday 20: Excursion – Trip to Segovia and Ávila.  For more information please ask at the reception desk.


Sunday 21: Happy Holidays!


Please don’t forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (to reserve your place, the minimum number of participants required is usually three). Also, unless stated otherwise, the meeting point is always the same Tia Tula school. Lastly, if there’s no price mentioned with the activity it means it is free.


And don’t hesitate to participate in as many activities as you can, they are designed not just for you to have fun (that is guaranteed) but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you learn in class.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

University New Year's Eve

Photo retracted from http://www.nocheviejauniversitaria.com/historia-nochevieja
La Nochevieja Universitaria (something like a student’s New Year’s Eve) is one of the most ‘important’ events of the academic year although it doesn't have many things in common with studying and a lot more to do with enjoying the student life itself. It has a ‘long standing’ tradition (this year is its 10th anniversary) and became an event not only for the students in Salamanca but also for the students from the whole of Spain and even other countries.


Photo retracted from http://www.nocheviejauniversitaria.com/historia-nochevieja
It started in 1999 when around a dozen of students gathered in Plaza Mayor to celebrate the end of the year with their classmates and flatmates before they all headed to their respective homes to spend the holidays with their families. The following year they did it again but with more people since the word spread and the ‘event’ kept growing. Since it was becoming a ‘large’ phenomenon, in 2004 an event management company took over the event and from then onwards it keeps gaining popularity. In 2013, almost 45,000 people attended the event and the whole show made it to the national news. This year La Nochevieja Universitaria takes place on December 11th and even more students are expected to arrive.

Photo retracted from http://www.nocheviejauniversitaria.com/historia-nochevieja
The show (live music, visual show, etc.) at Plaza Mayor is open to everyone, however, people can buy tickets for ‘pub crawls’, VIP back stage access, special ‘La Nochevieja Universitaria package’ including ‘gominolas’ (gummies), Santa hats and other accessories needed to make it a special and unforgettable night. The ‘gominolas’ are tied to the Spanish NYE tradition of eating 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight for good luck in the New Year. However, in 1999 the students didn't have grapes and thus they ate 12 gummy bears. Since then the tradition has evolved and now you can even buy gummies that look and taste like grapes but are in fact made out of jelly thus bridging the traditional NYE with the student one. 

What is definitely worth mentioning is the amazing 3D light show that took place last year. This visual spectacle raised certain questions since it was sponsored by a brand of rum and some people were asking whether it was appropriate. However, rum or no rum, it was seriously cool (as you will see for yourself in the video at the end of the post) and I would have definitely liked to see it live.

Photo retracted from http://www.nocheviejauniversitaria.com/historia-nochevieja
Lot of students will also stay in Salamanca overnight or even for the weekend since accommodation can also be included in the 'package'. Therefore, it goes without saying that this event is also economically significant to the hospitality sector which is highly important for Salamanca as well as the municipality itself. In 2011 only the consumptions related directly to La Nochevieja Universitaria reached a revenue of 150,000 euros. To ensure that everything runs smoothly the municipality strengthens the police presence as well as the intensity of the cleaning services.

So, as you can see, if you are in Salamanca on December 11, 2014 it is almost obligatory to attend La Nochevieja Universitaria. It might even be a good idea to invite your friends over and let them experience this unique event and its atmosphere. After all, it’s not every day you will see something like this…

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Activities 9.12.2014-14.12.2014

We hope that you had some time to chill out this weekend because we are back with fun activities! To give you a relaxed start we will begin with a Spanish movie night and then we will get more active. On Tuesday we will go ice skating and on Wednesday we will go to a swimming pool. Also, to help those in need we will go to a charity market and maybe some of you will buy something that catches their eye. And if you would like to travel there’s a weekend trip to Granada!

Monday 08: Holiday. 

Tuesday 09, 17:00: Film – Spanish cinema evening to continue practicing your Spanish listening and comprehension skills.

Wednesday 10, 18:15: Ice skating – We'll go ice skating on an artificial ring close to Plaza de la Concordia. Approximate duration: 1h 30min. 

Thursday 11, 17:45: Swimming pool – We'll go to a swimming pool and have 45 minutes to swim as much as you want.  Approximate duration: 1h 30min. 

Friday 12, 19:00: Charity market – Support a good cause and come with us to a flea market at Calle Toro. All profits made will go to various charities and support those who need it the most. Approximate duration: 1h. 

Saturday 13: Excursion – Trip to Granada.  For more information please ask at the reception desk.

Sunday 14: Excursion – For more information please ask at the reception desk.

Please don’t forget that you need to sign up for each activity at the reception desk (to reserve your place, the minimum number of participants required is usually three). Also, unless stated otherwise, the meeting point is always the same Tia Tula school. Lastly, if there’s no price mentioned with the activity it means it is free. 

And don’t hesitate to participate in as many activities as you can, they are designed not just for you to have fun (that is guaranteed) but also to improve your knowledge of Salamanca and Spanish culture, and to put into practice the Spanish you learn in class.