Felipe VI will be crowned the new king of Spain on June 19

Felipe de Borbón, príncipe de España e hijo del actual Rey Juan Carlos I, será el nuevo Rey de España el jueves 19 de junio. Se proclamará Rey con el nombre de Felipe VI y será, según los expertos, el rey “más y mejor preparado de la Historia de la Monarquía”.

El actual Rey Juan Carlos I abdicó la semana pasada, anunció su retirada con el objetivo de que las generaciones jóvenes “guíen” el camino hacia el futuro y afronten los retos que tiene España, especialmente los relacionados con la crisis económica.

El Rey tomó la decisión de abdicar cuando cumplió 76 años el pasado 6 de enero. Durante estos cinco meses, Juan Carlos I ha mantenido una estrecha relación con su hijo para preparar el relevo.

El Rey Juan Carlos I ha reinado 38 años. Fue una persona clave para conseguir la democracia en España después de la muerte de Francisco Franco. No obstante, en los últimos años, diferentes escándalos han ensombrecido la buena imagen de la Monarquía. Leer más Sobre Felipe VI will be crowned the new king of Spain on June 19

“We have a unique and wonderful planet. With the help of us all, a better world is possible”

Andre Wehrli works in the Swiss  Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and he visits Nerja once a year to enjoy the town with his family. As an expert in sustainable development, Andre told us a lot of interesting things about taking care of the environment and the protection of nature.

 – What are the major environmental problems in the world of today?

Nowadays, there are many major ecological problems and they are often caused by the overexploitation of nature’s resources. The planet’s global warming is a really urgent problem, but also the lack of clean water, the depletion of biodiversity and natural habitats (both in amount and quality) are also very important problems.

 – Why is taking care of the environment so important?

 We have a unique planet, a unique world, and the environment is our best life insurance. It is not possible to live without the environment and natural resources. However, our planet can perfectly survive without the presence of human beings… That is the question. Leer más Sobre “We have a unique and wonderful planet. With the help of us all, a better world is possible”

Summer activities come to an end with the big success of outdoor cooking lessons

Extracurricular specific Summer activities come to an end this month of September, showing a “very positive” balance, in words of the School’s Director of Activities, Celia Jiménez, who also highlights “the great reception afforded this year to the outdoor cooking lessons”, that have joined a total number of 200 people along the whole Summer. Besides, due to the students’ demand, the visit to theCaveofNerjahas increased its frequency.

Cooking lessons are held every week in the Andalusian patio located at Club Costa Nerja, the hall of residence for the students visiting the School. There, at dinner time, the students prepare a delicious paella or a fideuá, depending of the attendants’ taste that evening, always with the help of a chef-professor. The students themselves cook the main course, also preparing the drinks, salad and a tasty dessert that has had watermelon as its main ingredient this summer. While all the dishes are made, the teacher explains how the paella is prepared, including his/her cooking tricks to get a perfect dinner. Leer más Sobre Summer activities come to an end with the big success of outdoor cooking lessons

Avocados, mangos, lychees and many other delicious tropical fruits

Avocados, mangos, lychees, custard apples…The raising of tropical fruits and vegetables is one of the chief economic activities in Nerja and its surrounding area. This region in the east of the Costa del Sol is known as the Axarquía.

Other fruits that we can find in the countryside of Nerja are longans, papayas and mangos. Students love them. Moreover, the School has an avocado tree and a banana tree in its own garden.

At Nerja, if we look up to the mountains, in the inland, we can find many fields with tropical fruits that are raised by the local farmers, who mainly sell them to the European market.In fact, the region of the Axarquía is the most important in Europa regarding the exportation of these kinds of fruits. Leer más Sobre Avocados, mangos, lychees and many other delicious tropical fruits

Gomeran whistle: The Spanish language without words

Spanish is the official language in Spain, with Basque (Basque Country), Catalan (Catalonia) and Galician (Galicia) as co-official languages. However, there is another language in Spain: The Silbo Gomero (Gomeran whistle), which is a language from the Island of La Gomera, in The Canary Islands: No doubt it is a very special language, since it does not have any words, but sounds. Gomeran whistle is not spoken, but whistled. And surely there will be courses of this peculiar language.

La Gomera is a small island, very mountainous, historically devoted to agriculture and cattle raising, that is to say, work in the land. Due to the mountains, communication was very difficult among shepherds, and that is the reason why a new way of communication was born: whistling. Nowadays, Gomeran whistle has the honor of being Intangible Cultural Heritage by the UNESCO, since 2009, and it is a compulsory subject for children in the Gomeran schools. Leer más Sobre Gomeran whistle: The Spanish language without words

Where was Trivial Pursuit born? In Nerja

Trivial Pursuit, the world’s most well-known trivia game, was born in Nerja, in 1980. It was an invention by Chris Haines and Scott Abbott, two Canadian journalists who lived in Nerja. Here, these two friends spent many days and evenings thinking about all the possible questions and answers to create their board game, according to the investigations made by the English journalist David Blair. It resulted in a total number of 6.000 questions on the game’s first edition! Leer más Sobre Where was Trivial Pursuit born? In Nerja

Spanish courses + Salsa


The School offers different options to take a Spanish course. When the student decide to start a Spanish course in Spain he/she can combine lessons with his/her favourite hobby: salsa, which is the typical dance of Latin American culture. In addition to this Spanish + Salsa courses,  the School also organizes Spanish + Flamenco, Spanish + Photography or Spanish + Golf courses. Leer más Sobre Spanish courses + Salsa

How to make a good watermelon gazpacho

Do you like traditional gazpacho? This cold soup, typical in Spanish summers, especially in Andalusia is giving way to a number of other different varieties that offer new textures and tastes, becoming in the perfect choice to go chef for a day. One of the hot recipes this month has been Watermelon gazpacho. Alberto Díaz, a teacher at the School, has given us the recipe to prepare this delicious dessert at our own home. Leer más Sobre How to make a good watermelon gazpacho

Pedro Almodóvar, 30 years of Spanish cinema


Pedro Almodóvar is the Spanish most successful and internationally known film director. After 30 years working in the film industry, he has won many important awards all over the world and his movies can be seen in the five continents. His films have gained the recognition given by the Oscar Awards (USA), BAFTA (UK), Cesar (Italy) as well as the International Film Festival of Cannes (France), among many others. Leer más Sobre Pedro Almodóvar, 30 years of Spanish cinema

How to make a good seafood dish

 

Students coming to Nerja to learn Spanish also take advantage of their stay in Spain to enjoy the Mediterranean cookery. Today we are going to learn some Spanish with the help of a good kitchen friend: Smooth clam (concha fina, as it is known in Málaga). This is a delicious bivalve mollusc that can be found at every bar and restaurant along the Coast of Málaga. Leer más Sobre How to make a good seafood dish