miércoles, 24 de diciembre de 2008


My name is Cristina and I live in Madrid.
I think I am cheerful and positive, but sometimes a bit shy and very proud of myself.
My interests are to go to the cimena to see American movies, and to meet my friends at the weekend, an also to do aerobic, to travel to the beach and listen to music.
I love going shopping, and when I get my salary, the first thing I do is to go shopping with my friends.
I haven´t been to too many places, but I´m sure when I have time and money, I´ll go abroad. The first places, which I´m going to visit will be Venice, Tanzania in Africa and London...
I adore pets, but particularly dogs. I have got one, its name is Pancho, and he´s a little bit grumpy, but also friendly at the same time.
Later on, I will tell you more about my hobbies and my life.

Lots of kisses from

Cristina Juan.

lunes, 15 de diciembre de 2008

The Retiro Park

Is the main park of Madrid,the capital of Spain. The Retiro Parkt is a large and popular area of about 1,5 km in the city center,very close to Puerta de Alcala and not far from the Prado Museum. A magnificent park, with beautiful sculptures and monuments, galleries, a quite big and peaceful lake, which hosts a variety of events. Without any doubt it is right one of Madrid's main attractions. The park is entirely surrounded by the buildings of the town.

History of Park and Palace:
In 1505 at the time of Queen Isabel the Catholic, the Monastery of Jeronimos was moved from elsewhere to the present place near the church of San Jeromino del Real, and the new monastery was built in Isabelline Gothic style. The Royal family had built it as a part of the church. The Retiro was described as 'the world art wonder of the time', probably the last great creation of the Renaissance in Spain. When The Retiro became the center of Habsburg court's life, at a time when Spain was famous all over the world.

From late May throught early October, every Sunday at midday, the Banda Sinfonica of Madrid gives free concerts in the park. The park features an annual Book Fair. Around the lake Retiro's pond, many puppet shows are greatly enjoyed by children, and all kind of street performers and fortune tellers. Powboats can be rented to paddle about, horse-drawn carriages are available to hire. Many families in Madrid usually go there to have a nice time in summer.

Bye for now

domingo, 14 de diciembre de 2008

A Biography : Fernando Alonso

Fernando Alonso was born in Oviedo, on july 29, 1981. Since he was a very small boy he knew that his future was going to be linked to motor racing.
It started as a pilot when he was 3 years. At that age he began to drive karts at the best school, Senna and Schumacher? for the Formula 1.
He has always won in different classes of karts. He is tricampeon of Spain, runner up in Europe and world champion in 1996. A prodigious adoptation from Fernando´s side.
He started with cars in 1999. The first day he climbed to a car in the Telefonica open, took just six laps to equalize the records of Catalan. A former Ferrari engineer at the time of Lauda asured that he has never seen a talent like his.
Swept in the Open Telefonica, confirming expectations in 1999 and ran away with the open telefonica, though it was his first season with a race car serious. The F-3000 is the prelude to the F-1 and, therefore, a difficult championship, and with fierce competitors.
Alonso does not know the circuit or when single European lola, and also only has one and a half hours of training each weekend. However, progess is spectacular: he was number 6th in Australia, 2nd in Hungary and 1st in Belgium.

An Unforgettable Trip

I went to Canada two years ago to see one of my favourite countries in the world.I love this country for its beatiful landscapes with lakes, mountains and huge woods with a lot of wild animals like the grizlie bears or the American wolfs .
So I took the aeroplane to initiate one of the most unforgettable trips in my life. After eight hours travelling by aeroplane I arrived there and almost the first thing that I did was to catch the train in order to see The Rocky Mountains as soon as possible.The first thing which I could admire was an enormous blue-coloured lake so beautiful as I had seen it in the Mational Geographic photographs.
The weather was very cold and at that moment it started to snow, giving me the opportunity to see a fantastic view.

jueves, 11 de diciembre de 2008

My Summer

Last summer it was very important to me for two reasons, first my aunt married her boyfriend and second, I could travel to the North of Spain as I have written in my chapter "El camino de Santiago".
Moreover, I have been working during summer, as I did four years ago. Now due to that worldwide crisis it is very dificult to find a good job now.

domingo, 7 de diciembre de 2008

The Prado Museum

For the traveller who comes to Madrid, it is essential to see the Cibeles fountain and walk down along Paseo del Prado until the Prado Museum.
The museum opening hours are from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm.It is free to visitors under 18students ( from the UE under 25),teachers, retired people.

THE PERMANENT COLECTION:Spanish painting 1100-1850.The colection of Spanish paintings goes from 12th century Romanesque mural paintings to 19th century works by Goya. On the ground floor there is a collection of Medieval and Renaissance paintings.On the main floor there are paintings by El Greco,Rivera, Murillo, Velazquez and other famous painters.

Italian painting 1300-1800.This section spans the period from the early Renaissance to the 18th by Angelico,Mantegna,Boticelli,Tiepolo. On the grond floor can be seen works by Raphael,Tintoretto,Veronese and Bassano,Titian,Caravaggio and Gentilleschi.

THE TEMPORARY EXHIBITIONIn the Spring-Summer 2008,The Renaissance, Duero,Rfael,Boticelli.Then in the Autumm-winter 15 october 2008-6 anuary 2009 Rembrant. The exhibition contains among others Self-portrait as Zeus, Betsabe, the Blinding of Samson, Flora,the Abduction of Europa, the Apostle Bartholomew and self-potrit of Rembrant

viernes, 5 de diciembre de 2008

About me

Hi! My name is Mariana and I’m going to tell you a bit about me.
I like listening to all kind of music, though my favourite is punk-rock and ska. I regularly play drums, but also the guitar and the piano. I like enjoying my freetime with video games and board games, especially card games. I love staying up late and reading fantasy and mystery books but my favourite novel is “Marianela” by Galdós.

I’m mad about football and my favourite team is “Deportivo de la Coruña”. I also love travelling but I don’t have enough time and money to do it. One of my dreams is flying to Finland to know about people, to learn about its traditions, landscapes and to taste their food, but especially to enjoy seeing the lakes, the midnight sun (this happens when the sun doesn’t fall for some weeks from the middle of May to the end of July) and then the Northern light in autumn.

jueves, 4 de diciembre de 2008


Mohands Karamchad Gandhi was a thinker and leader of the Indian nationalism. He is the most relevant indigenous personaly of the Indian contemporany history. He has been an important political and social person of the first half of the 20th centuy. His activity was focused on the well being of his own people. In addition he published several articles in magazines and news papers, he did numerous official speeches in Indian and England.
He was born in 1869, Portbandar and he died in 1948, Delhi. As for his family was very stable. His childhood happened in a very quiet and good environment. His father was a Minister and his mother had preserved a very deep religious faith.
His human initiatives were great. What is more, he founded agricultural colonies and hospitals, and specially, since then, he tried to eliminate the castes and religions that were dividing his people.
On the other hand, his relations with the governement who did not rispect the rights of human people and Gandhi was avoding armed confrontations and putting into practise taht of the "satyagraha" (passive resistance).
To conclude, in 1920 the appellative he received of "mahatma", that alludes to his endowment of prophet and saint that people recognized on him, was kept for the posterity.

miércoles, 3 de diciembre de 2008

About My Great-Grandmother

I am going to write about my great-grandmother, Soledad, because I have lived a similar situation as the one in our students' book.

My family took my great-grand-mother to the nursing home near Madrid and we can go to visit her when we have time. My grandparents are going every week to visit her.

When my grat-grandfather died, Soledad lived a lot of time alone in a house, but some years ago we decided to move her with my other great-grandmother to the nursing home. Is very difficult for an old person to leave her house after living all her life in it. Soledad always has been a strong person, but with the time she wanted to die. Now she is ninety years old, she is losing her head and when the family goes to see her, she does not recognize them.

I think that this situation is positive because she is with older people and she is monitored all day by nurses and doesn´t have to be a housewife.On the other hand she has not got so much privacy as she had in her own house.