Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Activities 14.10.2014 - 19.10.2014


We hope that after a 3 day weekend you are full energy to start another week of Spanish classes and will join our proposed activities! :)

Monday 13: Holiday. La Fiesta Nacional de España (National day in Spain) is usually celebrated on October 12, but since this year it was a Sunday it was moved to Monday (only in some provinces).

Tuesday 14, 18:00: Exhibition – We will go visit the first exhibition of Enrique Marty in Spain: Terapia de grupo, acto de fe, cuarto oscuro (Group Therapy, leap of faith, dark room). It will be in the exhibition hall DA2. Approximate duration: 1h.

Wednesday 15, 19:15: Cooking class – This week we will learn how to cook a typical Spanish omelette accompanied by a tapa that we will eat later. Approximate duration: 1h.

Thursday 16, 19:00: Vegan Tapas – To mark the World Food Day we will go to El Rastrel to try their vegan tapas. Approximate duration: 1h. 

Friday 17, 16:45: Horseback riding – if you want to experience a ride through the Spanish countryside on a horseback then this is the activity for you! You need to sign up before Thursday, October 16. 

Saturday 18: Excursion – We're going on a trip to Lisbon, Sintra and Cascais. You need to sign up before Wednesday, October 15.

Sunday 19: Hiking trip – Let's take a tour of Duratón and Sepulveda (Segovia). You need to sign up before Tuesday, October 14, 14:00. 

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.

Friday, October 10, 2014

'Thinking' in Salamanca

It’s official - the autumn has arrived to the city. While some people use the New Year’s Eve as a time for reflexion, I get the same feeling with autumn, the smell of fallen leaves, foggy mornings and chestnuts lying on the ground (although the chestnuts were actually in Segovia which I visited this past weekend). 

Some people can think anytime anywhere; for me it’s a process that requires a certain mood, place and a correct ambiance such as a nice city park or a random rock in the mountains. Now, I am not saying I need to go to the mountains every time I need to make a decision (I can buy a croissant without having to leave the bakery) but when it comes to understanding the ‘meaning of life’ I need some peace and quiet. In the past few days I’ve been searching for some places very ‘intensely’ and I would like to share my two favourites: El Campo de San Francisco and El Huerto de Calixto y Melibea. 

‘El Parque de San Francisco’ (as the locals call it) is located in the very centre of Salamanca. According to public records, ‘El Campo de San Francisco’ (as the authorities call it) is the first public garden in Salamanca, standing on the grounds of the former convent of San Francisco el Real y los Padres Capuchinos. The park has a certain ambiance to it (to be honest, the entire historical centre of Salamanca has one), but maybe that’s one of the reasons why Miguel de Unamuno, the famous Spanish writer and rector of the university, found it dear to its heart and was known to stroll around (if you would like to know more about the writer's life you can have a look at this previous post). I took his example and you can see me doing the same (although I doubt anybody cares) while I enjoy the falling leaves of its vegetation - including 600 poplars planted back in 1828.

You can also see me walking around the beautiful Huerto de Calixto y Melibea. I mentioned this garden in my previous post although back then I had no idea what it was called or that it was connected to the famous novel La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas. If you would like to know more about the history of this place you can read about it here














To be honest, although I find the (potential) history of the garden quite interesting, it is not the reason why I enjoy going there almost every day. It lies on the city walls and the view of the cathedrals is simply splendid. It feels slightly secluded so if you like some peace and quiet this is the place for you. However, since it is no secret (unfortunately) other people go there too and if they are in an overly socialising mood you don´t really stand a chance and you will have to go for a walk somewhere else (but I’ve been so ‘unlucky’ only once). 

On the other hand, Salamanca is a city made for walking. Actually, mostly its historical city centre is made for walking. When you want to avoid ‘the youth’ you can always walk towards and across Puente Romano and/or walk along the river and just enjoy the view.

Overall, for a person who enjoys walking along the historical monuments on a daily basis Salamanca is the place to be :) After all, even Friedrich Nietzsche said that “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”. So, ¡hasta luego!, I need to go for a walk...



Monday, October 6, 2014

Activities 06.10.2014 - 12.10.2014


We will start our week in the best way possible – with churros and hot chocolate! Then we will continue with exploring Salamanca and its gardens and terraces and finish it with a movie afternoon at Tía Tula. Read on if you want to know more :)

Monday 06, 19:30: Chocolate con churros – Have you ever tried hot chocolate with churros? Know that this is a must. If you have, no other words are necessary, come enjoy the delicious treat with us at 18:00. Approximate duration: 1 hour.

Tuesday 07, 16:30: Visit to a convent – Come discover the Convent of Santa Clara. The view of Salamanca from one of its terraces is breathtaking! Approximate duration: 1h. 

Wednesday 08, 18:00: Exposition – Come to the photography exhibition of Objetivo 8, a group of 8 young artists from all over Spain. Approximate duration: 40 minutes.

Thursday 09, 18:00: Visit to the Huerto de Calixto y Melibea – We’ll visit one of the prettiest places in Salamanca with a wonderful view of the cathedrals. If you would like to know more about its history join us and one of our staff will tell you all about it. Approximate duration: 40 minutes.

Friday 10, 17:30: Film - Spanish cinema session to continue practicing your Spanish. 

Saturday 11- Monday 13: Excursion – since we have a long weekend ahead of us you might want to go on a 1-day or on a 3-day trip to one of the many beautiful destinations you can choose from. For more information ask at the reception desk.

Sunday 12: Fiesta Nacional de España – National day in Spain. Monday 13 is a bank holiday. 

We remind you 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.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Newbie to Salamanca

Hola! My name is Mária and I come from Slovakia. I’ve been asked to write a few articles for this awesome Tía Tula blog. First of all, I think I feel I should tell you a bit more about myself and so my first post will be about exactly that but don’t worry, I will keep it short. I am still less than a quarter of a century old and in my ‘relatively’ short life I’ve managed to live in Slovakia (big surprise), Thailand and The Netherlands and I’ve visited a few more, mostly across Europe. I love old but vibrant cities such as Prague and that is also one of the reasons why I chose Salamanca as a place to improve (or actually ‘start learning’) my Spanish. Before I arrived I could say ‘¡Hola!’ and now after a few days I can add a bit more to it so it became ‘¡Hola! ¿Qué tal?’. But more on my Spanish language skills later. People say I sound (almost) like an American when I speak English which is probably due to the unimaginable amount of hours I spent listening (and sometime watching) Friends and Two and a Half Men

As the title of this post suggests, I am a newbie to Salamanca. I’ve never been to Spain before so I was noticing everything (for example the nice scent of the toilets at Madrid airport – really nice, I am not being sarcastic here). Once I got to Salamanca’s bus station I took out my Google Maps printout and started walking to my apartment. Until I noticed I was supposed to go ‘southeast’ and I had no idea whether that was right or left. So I asked. In English. And I found out I was supposed to go left, in the direction of city centre. As soon as I saw Salamanca’s two Cathedrals (at that point I thought it was just one cathedral), I knew I am going to like it here. But when I saw the buildings in the city centre I fell in love. So once I managed to get my things to my room (which is 2 minutes from the 2 Cathedrals) I decided to get lost in Salamanca (some people prefer to use the word ‘wonder’ or ‘explore’, I say ‘lost’ because that’s how I usually start in a new town). Once I finished my ‘lost in Salamanca’ session I decided to meet up with a friend at McDonald’s at Plaza Mayor which is one of most stunning squares I’ve ever seen. I was surprised by the amount of people everywhere at such a ‘late’ hour. Now I laugh when I realize I thought 11pm is late. I guess I am getting used to the Spanish life style. I can’t say more about it now as I’ve just arrived but if you would like to know more about Salamanca, Spain and Spanish culture from my point of view please stay tuned for more stories! 

To sum it up, my name is Mária, and you will read more posts on this blog authored by…me. My first impressions of Salamanca are positive: it’s full of people, stars some beautiful old buildings, has an awesome garden with an amazing view of the Cathedrals, and there’s always something going on. As I told all my family and friends, you definitely have to come and visit! 

¡Hasta luego! 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Activities 29.09.2014 - 05.10.2014

Today we are celebrating the World Tapas Day! And because we want to honour this very special day we have included a tapas tour where we will visit some of the best tapas bars in the centre of Salamanca. However, that is not all we have planned for this week, please read on to see what else you can look forward to:

Monday 29, 17:30: Film - Spanish cinema session to continue practicing your Spanish. 

Tuesday 30, 17:00 Sport – We’ll play some basketball on one of the courts near the Tormes River. Approximate duration: 1h 30min. 

Wednesday 01, 19:15: Film - We'll watch a movie in its original version at the Van Dyck cinema (the movie depends on the current offer). 

Thursday 02, 18:00: Exhibition – We’ll go to see the exhibition “Marginal Intersection” at the Experimental Art Space Fonseca. Approximate duration: 1h. 

Friday 03, 19:45: Tapas tour – We’ll go to several downtown bars to test the most typical Salamanca tapas. Approximate duration: 1h 30min. 

Saturday 04: Excursion – For more information ask at the reception desk.

Sunday 05: Excursion – For more information ask at the reception desk.

We remind you 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, September 22, 2014

Activities 22.09.2014 - 27.09.2014


This week autumn has officialy arrived to Salamanca. But don´t be sad that summer is gone, the fun is not over. Because fun at Tía Tula never ends! :) Read what we have prepared for you this week: 

Monday 22, 18:00: Guided tour - One of the school staff will give us a guided tour of the city telling us its history and showing us the main sights Salamanca has to offer. Approximate duration: 1h. 

Tuesday 23, 16:30: Visit to a convent - Come discover the Convent of Santa Clara. The view of Salamanca from one of its terraces is breathtaking! Approximate duration: 1h. 

Wednesday 24, 17:00: Games in the park - Spend the afternoon outdoors at one of the city parks having fun with different games. Approximate duration: 1h30min. 

Thursday 25, 19:00: Cooking class - This week we will learn how to cook a delicious paella. Approximate duration: 1h. 

Friday 26, 17:30: Film - We will end the week with a good session of Spanish cinema. 

Saturday 27: Excursion – This weekend we go hiking to la Alberca and Sierra de Francia. Please remember you need to sign up before Wednesday 24. For more information ask at the reception desk. 

We remind you 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.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Activities 09.09.14-13.09.14

With the 'feria' on in Salamanca there is loads of people and a great atmosphere around the entire city, why not come along to some of our activities this week to join in with the spirit of the party? On Tuesday you can come with us to some of the 'casetas' around the city, or come and learn to make some typical Salamancan tapas in our cooking class on Wednesday. On Thursday we are going to see a street theatre performance, then on Friday come with us to the medieval market to sample some traditional Spanish dishes. Then if you're looking for a change of scenery this weekend, we have a trip to Madrid planned for you!


Monday 8th: Holiday. Salamanca public holiday for their patron saint, 'the Virgin of the Lake'. Start of the 'ferias' de Salamanca.

Tuesday 9th: Tapas. We are going to explore some of the 'casetas' (the small bars set up all over the city as part of the festivities) and enjoy the festival atmosphere. Meeting Place: Tía Tula, 19:30. Approximate duration 1h.

Wednesday 10th: Cooking Class. We are going to learn how to make some typical 'Salamancan' tapas in spirit of the fair, then we will eat them afterwards! Meeting place: Tía Tula, 18:45. Approximate duration 1h.


Thursday 11th: Theatre in the street. We are going to see a performance of 'Zapatos en el aire' (shoes in the air) performed by a theatre group in the street. The performance mixes theatre, dance and circus acts together. Meeting place: Tía Tula, 17:45. Approximate duration 1h.

Friday 12th: Medieval market. We will take you to explore a medieval market set up as part of the celebrations this week. Come to enjoy a wide variety of things to eat and drink in a traditional Spanish style.

Saturday 13th: Excursion. We will be going to Madrid for the day to enjoy the sights and culture it has to offer. For more information about prices and timings, please contact reception. If you are interested in the excursion it is important to let the secretary know before Wednesday 10th at 14:00

*Note: Please contact reception for information about prices for any of the activities. If you are interested in any of the activities, it is helpful if you contact the reception to let them know beforehand. Minimum 3 people for each activity unless otherwise stated.