Nochevieja: New Years Eve

There are several interesting New Years Eve customs in Spain.  I have already told you about the red underwear for good luck. Now I am going to tell you about the “Las doce uvas de la suerte,” the twelve grapes of luck.  This is one of the few traditions that does not have religious origins.  It is customary to eat one … Continue reading

Church Nativity Scene

Written by Dave:  We have been trying to get into the church the last few days to see the nativity scene that we have been told we need to see.  Our timing has been off, and each time it has either been locked or busy with a service.  Today we got lucky, and found the church open.  Armed with our … Continue reading


Turrón is a traditional Christmas treat in Spain.  It dates back about 500 years ago, when they first have written record of a recipe for turrón in a “handbook for women.”  Their are several different varieties.  Some are hard like brittle.  Others are soft like fudge.  It is basically a type of honey almond nougat.  We bought two varieties to … Continue reading

Christmas in Spain

  We have noticed that Christmas in Spain is not nearly as commercial as it is in the US.  The focus is more religious and family oriented.  Of course we are in a smaller village, so things might be different in the bigger cities.  The nativity scene is the primary decoration that everyone has.   December 22 is a big … Continue reading

Red underwear

  We have been noticing that many of the little shops in town have a large selection of red underwear.  This includes the little mercadillos at the Thursday market.  It turns out that red underwear is traditionally given to ALL members of the family at Christmas, and the underwear are worn on New Years Eve to bring good luck for … Continue reading

Vegetarian Paella

Paella (pie – eh – ah) is a traditional Spanish dish often served on Sundays.  Typically it contains several kinds of meat and/or seafood.  I was anxious to try it.  So decided to try to figure out a vegetarian version.  I have included a recipe below.  This is the way I made it because it is what I already had … Continue reading

The mossy steps, a follow-up

Written by Dave: We previously wrote about hiking along the Rio and the mossy steps that we found along the trail.  Well….. We had another beautiful day, so after school we decided we would hike back into the forest to further investigate the steps.  Previously, from a distance they looked to have moss and debris build up on them making … Continue reading