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See Real Madrid vs Ajax Live, during your Spanish course

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

Students in Bernabeu

Coming to Spain is a great opportunity to discover a whole new world. You will enjoy every single detail you come across, and  if you’re a football fan, you will have the chance to see some of the best international football players in action, or as Jose Mourinho says, “Top Players”. Amongst them, Cristiano Ronaldo, Leo Messi, David Villa, Falcao, Iker Casillas, Kaká, Xavi  and many more.

Real Madrid and Ajax are two of the most historical football clubs in Europe. One just need to take a look at their museums to check their brilliant careers throughout the years. National titles, European trophies, legendary players, a continuous source for both national teams, Holland and Spain….. Considering these statements we were obviously attending one of the most exciting games one could see nowadays. And though the situation of both teams is quite different at the moment, the match was worth attending in order to see a perfect description of what they both represent at the moment.

Champion League in Spain

Champion League in Spain

The “giant” Real Madrid , full of stars and clash players, showing their huge skills through a perfect effectiveness. The same as the boxer with a “killing” punch who just need to wait for the right moment to knock his opponent out. On the other hand, Ajax, the great continuous pretender, with very skilful players who really know what to do with the ball, but lacking the most important thing: scoring. Ajax enjoyed the ball for a longer time and prowled the target in several times.  But Real Madrid, despite his momentary passiveness, knew how to deal with the “tempo” of the match  at all times, and thanks to the best goalkeeper in the world at the moment, Iker Casillas, was able to break  all Ajax chances to get into the game.

Final score: 3 – 0 for Real. Ronaldo, Kaka and Benzema scored the three goals which sealed a great match full of excitement and good football. Now it’s time to disconnect from the Champions League for a while and come back to the Spanish BBVA league. Next match: R.C.D. Espanyol – Real Madrid in Barcelona. And remember you’re always welcome to visit the Spanish stadiums and enjoy the best league in the world of football!!!

This is Bernabeu, Cristiano, Casillas and Alonso

Don't forget this name, Carlos Sanchez, the future of Real Madrid

Don’t forget this name, Carlos Sanchez, the future of Real Madrid

Our school arranged a bus trip to Madrid in order to see the football match. The students were very happy to take part in this amazing trip and They enjoyed the great atmosphere of the spanish stadium.

Some of the students even were fans of the Spanish famous football team.  It was a great opportunity for them because they could see the spanish football stars like Christiano Ronaldo, Casillas, Kaká or Xavi Alonso.

The students enjoyed the champions-league match between Real Madrid and Ajax de Amsterdam and of course the atmosphere in the stadium.



Quick guide for learning how to taste wines 2

Friday, February 25th, 2011

1. Examine its appearance

Examine wine

To get an idea of the colour and other visual aspects of the wine it is best to use a white background (e.g. plate or tablecloth) and hold the glass of wine in front of it.

Brighter and more brilliant colours indicate that these are young wines. The darker the colours, the more aged the wines are.

2. Appreciate its aroma

Apreciate Aroma

Swirl the glass of wine to release the components that make up a wine’s aroma. Fruity and floral aromas are typical for young wines. More spicy (e.g. cinnamon), balsamic (e.g. peppermint) and woody aromas are indicators of aged wines.

3. Enjoy the taste

Taste the wine

A little taste is enough to enjoy the different flavours. Sweetness is tasted on the tip of your tongue, acidity at the sides of the tongue and the inside of your cheeks, salty on either sites of the front of your tongue and bitterness in the central of your tongue.
Common terms that are used to describe the wine are the following:

• Fruity
• Velvety
• Warm
• Astringent
• Mild
• Light, medium or full body
• Fresh
• Persistent
• Short or long finish
• Dry


White wine

Rose wine

Red wine


Straw Bellow

Pale Pink


Quick guide for learning how to taste wines

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

Quick guide for learning how to taste wines

There are more than 190 varieties of grapes which are cultivated in Spain. The most used are:

  • For red wines:  Tempranillo, Garnacha, Monastrell.
  • For white wines:  Airén, Albariño, Verdejo.
  • For champagne:  Macabeo, Xarello, Parellada.
  • For fine wines: Palomino
  • For sweet wines: Moscatel, Pedro Ximénez

We have welcomed to our school a group of 20 professionals from the catering sector one week ago. Young people from all around the world have come to Spain to participate for 9 months in the “Training program for young professionals. Foreigners within spanish gastronomy.”, which is organized by Mester Academy and ICEX Institute (Spanish Foreign Trade Institute).

For 3 weeks these young professional chefs are attending to a specific course about gastronomy, catering, spanish grammar and vocabulary. After the course, during the afternoon, the group participates in different activities such as visiting traditional ovens, the High School Catering or, as well as last Tuesday, the wine tasting in the Tavern “Doctrinos”.  Each person could taste 4 different types of wine, one of them could be white. In addition, students have tried some of the typical Spanish specialities like cheese, chorizo (kind of sausage), salchichón (another type of sausage) or morcón (type of chorizo).

We all together spent a funny night in a good atmosphere, tasting good food and better  wine. J

After these 3 weeks in Salamanca, the attendants to our course will go to different parts of Spain in order to work and learn with the best and known Spanish chefs.

We hope they enjoy the experience and have fun during the stay between us!