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Our country is Spain

Spain is in the south-west of Europe. In Spain there are 50 provinces plus two cities called Ceuta and Melilla which are situated in the north of Africa. The Canary islands are in the Atlantic ocean and the Balearic islands are in the Mediterranean Sea. The capital of Spain is Madrid. In the Iberian peninsula, apart from Spain, there is also Portugal, which is separated from France by the Pyrenees. Spain has a big population, about 47 millions of people. Here you can see Spain and all the regions:

As far as traditions are concerned, Spain has a big variety, because each province has their own traditions. For example,  in Catalonia people celebrate “caga tió” at Christmas time. Have a look at this photo!! This is a “tió”:

The tradition of “caga tió” consists in getting presents by hitting the caga tió with a wood stick, we celebrate it at Christmas. In Seville people dance “flamenco” and “sevillanas”. In Galicia people dance “muñeiras” and in the Basque country people have their own ball game called “pelota vasca”.

As for traditions, each province has their own typical food: in Valencia the typical food is “Paella”, in Galicia is ” Pulpo a la gallega” and “empanada”, in Madrid is the “Cocido Madrileño”.

Paella

Our country has a really well-konwn football selection. In Barcelona our football team is F.C. Barcelona, which is always referred to as Barça. Its main rival is Real Madrid.

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Our region is Catalonia

Catalonia is a Spanish autonomous community and it’s situated in the north-east of the Iberian peninsula. It occupies an area of about 32,000 km and limits in the north with France and in the east with the Mediterranean sea.

Catalonia is divided into 4 provinces: Barcelona, Tarragona, LLeida and Girona and its population is  7.475.420 inhabitants.

Catalonia has been a territory of industrial tradition since the XIXth century. Nowadays industry, tourism and service are the main economic sectors in Catalonia.

In Catalonia we speak two different languages: Catalan and Spanish. Catalan is also spoken in Valencia (another Autonomous Community), in the Balearic islands, a department in the south of France (Roussillion) and even in other countries like Andorra, or in the Italian town of Alguer/Alghero in Sardinia. Catalan is spoken with a different accent in each place.

The gastronomy of Catalonia has a great culinary tradicion. Its culinary processes are documented since the XVth century. It offers a variety of products from both the sea and the mountains.

One of the best known manifestations of Catalan popular culture are the castellers: the rise of human castles by Colles castellers (group) that compete with each other. This practice is typical from Tarragona, the Sardana is the Catalan popular dance, but also the traditional stick dance, the moixiganga and jota of the Ebro. In Catalan festivals we can see other elements of the Catalan popular culture: the parades of giants, carnival figures with oversized head and the correfocs with devils and firecrackers.

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Castellers

La Sardana, a traditional Catalan dance

Gegants i capgrossos

And this is the Catalan flag also called “La Senyera”:

La Senyera

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Our town and our school

Our school is exactly located in a small city next to Barcelona called Sant Adrià del Besòs. This city is known by its river called “Besòs” and its three chimneys.

Besòs river

The three chimneys

Near our school there are the sports facilities of R.C.D. Espanyol (Real Club Deportivo Espanyol). This is a football club where girls and boys from different ages train and play matches.

Here you can see two pictures of our school:

And now you can see our school from the back, that is to say from the playground:

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