martes, 2 de junio de 2009
Congratulations to all our etwinners, once again!
Read the article (in Spanish)
viernes, 22 de mayo de 2009
miércoles, 20 de mayo de 2009
martes, 19 de mayo de 2009
I have recently bought by internet a book, the book is "Slaying the dragon", this book is written in English language by the athlete Michael Johnson.
I have always wanted to read this book since he wrote it in 1996, but my poor information about English languaje, I couldn't read it. But it is diferent now, I have been learned a litle English languages, so I'm going to try to read this book in this summer.
Maybe this book isn't the most recomended for a beginner, but I can try it.
On September, I will tell you...
martes, 12 de mayo de 2009
However, I can tell you about a day which is celebrated by almost all of people in Avilés: Easter Monday (The first Monday after Easter Friday). This day is called “The day of the meal in the street” because families and friends leave home to eat their Spanish home-made omelette, turnovers and sandwiches in the street. And they usually drink cider. People divide up almost of the main streets of the city with their chairs and collapsible tables or they simply place a piece of plastic to lie down on the grass of the park. Some people prefer to eat while they are sitting on chairs outside pubs and bars along the streets (these places have to be reserved and paid for as soon as possible).
On this day it is customary that godsons and goddaughters give a sprig of laurel or a blessed palm to their godparents. Godparents buy them an Easter bunny (sometimes they also give them a present).
It is a perfect day to share and enjoy with the family.
Ana Belén González Murciego, 2ºInt H.
miércoles, 6 de mayo de 2009
martes, 28 de abril de 2009
Of all the cities of Asturias only the processions in Aviles are important for its population. Many religious brotherhoods parade in the streets, but the most famous one all over the region is one called “San Juaninos”. Their saint is San Juan, and they are well known thanks to their dance.
When they parade, the Saint is moved very fast and the members of the brotherhood move quickly too. They move from left to right. Their uniform is a white hood, a red cap and a blue tunic. You can see their parade in you tube on the internet because a lot of tourists made films.
2ºI - G
domingo, 19 de abril de 2009
When the German people were here, almost everyone went to a kiosk in Villalegre to buy the newspaper, to recharge the bus card or whatever other thing. The woman who owns the shop is called Mayte and she was grown up in Germany so she speaks German.
She is a very intelligent woman as she speaks other four languages. One day I went there with Robin, Janett and Vanessa and she started talking with them in German. Vanessa and me couldn't believe it, as we have been going there for such a lot of years. She was very kind with all us.
The last day we (Robin and me) went to say goodbye to Mayte and the other Robin and Alicia were there too. Mayte did a little 'party' for us and we took a picture. Last month I went there as I usually do and she gave me the picture printed and then Alicia sent it to me by mail, so I upload it in here.
Mayte sends to all the German people she have met in January kind regards and hopes to see you again.
jueves, 16 de abril de 2009
This teathre was named “Palacio Valdés” because Armando Palacio Valdés was a writer who lived in Avilés when he was a child and he sited some of his novels in this city. He was born in Entralgo, Asturias, in 1853 and he died in 1938 in Madrid.
His most important bibliography : “Marta y María”, “José”, “La hermana San Sulpicio”, “La aldea perdida”, etc.
In the theatre people could see plays and films (silent movies until the 1930’s, and then movies with sound) from 1920 to 1972.
In 1972 the theatre closed its doors for financial troubles.
Later, the town council bought it, that has been a public property and it has been open since 1992.
At present, there are a lot of plays, ballets, operas, concerts, etc., all year.
martes, 14 de abril de 2009
During this week there are some interesting activities. For example, in La Fruta street, there is a medieval market where you can buy different things. There are also some concerts. Famous people come here to perform. It’s interesting because during the rest of the year there aren’t any concerts so young people have fun these days. Finally, the last day is the most important. After a concert in la Ría de Avilés there are the famous fireworks, which can be seen in the water. It’s spectacular because there are a lot of people there, although the next day most of the people have to work.
It’s a fantastic week and very important here in Aviles. If you are on holidays, you should come here because you will have fun!
domingo, 5 de abril de 2009
These public holidays have a lot of religious and festive events.
The most significant day for people who love Easter is “Domingo de Ramos”.
People go to the different churches of Avilès where the priest blesses a kind of typical palm.
After that, there is a procession called “La Borriquilla” that marches down some of the most important streets of Avilès.
And finally there is a mass.
The second festive day is called “Jueves Santo”, on this day there are some processions at night that are followed successively by others the next few days.
The third important day is “Viernes Santo”, when there are also some processions with a different religious meaning to the day before.
The streets are crowded with people watching these processions, , moreover the young go out at night to the different pubs in the city-center.
The last day is called “Lunes de Pascua” and this is the most exciting day for the young who call it “Lunes de la comida en la calle”.
It begins in the morning. A lot of tables are put out on the main streets. People take their own food and cider to have a nice day with their relatives or friends.
The young do the same but in the biggest park of Avilès.
This festivity has been declared of National Tourist Interest.
By Sonia Suárez 2IE
The city council puts tables and chairs along the parks or squares for people to eat on. You can eat anywhere. Everything is free, you only have to bring your food and enjoy yourself.
People sing and dance to the sounds of the bagpipes and drink lots of cider, too. The atmosphere is really special. You can see people wearing the typical costume from Asturias.
Happily more than 23.000 people share this beautiful day with their relatives and friends. Although the weather is not always on our side, it´s an exciting experience, anyway.
You should check it out!
By Olaya Abad 2I E
lunes, 30 de marzo de 2009
On Maundy Thursday and Good Friday all the believers go out on to the street to see “the passion floats” (= a group of people bearing images of Jesus Christ and the Virgin during processions). The air smells of candles and there is wax on the floor where they have just passed by.
On Easter Sunday we enjoy watching the floats pass and figures with huge heads march too and make children laugh.
On Easter Monday we have an original and unique celebration. We bake an Easter bun (but most people buy it) with a strange form which is delicious. This is the best part of Easter for me!!!
By Maria José Marín
domingo, 29 de marzo de 2009
There are fabulous processions all over the country, with members of brotherhoods that are called “cofradías”, dressed in hooded robes who come out on to the streets carrying sculptures.
Celebrating the Holy Week is a typical tradition in Spain. You can see this in the North and in the South, but I believe that this religious tradition is more popular in the South than in the North.
Maybe “Sevilla” has the most famous Holy Week processions. But, if you have the chance to come and see the Holy Week in Avilés you will enjoy this spectacular celebration, too.
There are eight brotherhoods with more than one thousand memberships who carry the sculptures from Palm Sunday to Holy Saturday. After that, there is a special celebration called the “Fiesta del Bollo” which all children wait for with enthusiasm.
On Easter Sunday, god-parents give short-cake to their god-children as they receive the Holy Palms. The next day, a lot of decorated carriages, beautiful giant-headed figures and some musical groups parade along the street. Later, at midnight, there are a lot of spectacular fireworks over the Avilés estuary. This is the end of the Holy Week in Avilés.
By Natalia Vega
This party started in 1992 to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of “The Bun Party” in Avilés, and every year it is a great success with lots of participation.
This year we’re going to celebrate this meal on 13th of April. My family, my friends and I will be there this year. I hope so. We couldn’t enjoy it last year because it was pouring, so we are very excited because we’ll be spending that day all together.
To go to this party you only have to go to the Town Hall and choose the place you want in a map of the city, they’ll do the rest of the work: they put out a big table along the main streets, the chairs and the music.
I´d rather go to a historic square called “Hermanos Orbón Square” where every Monday (except Easter Monday) there is a big market. There you can listen to live music in a beautiful place with people you love. Isn’t it a really good plan to start the week after the Easter holidays?
By Sonia Alonso García
viernes, 27 de marzo de 2009
Have a good day, everyone!
My name is Andrew, and I am a first year student at the Official School of Languages in Avilés.
I am currently a pre-retired bank clerk, and in my spare time, I help with some work at a friend’s Agency and Estate Agent's in Piedras Blancas. I also study English.
I was born in a small town called Calatayud, in Zaragoza, where my sisters live. It’s a very well located city with many beautiful things to see, so I recommend everybody to visit the area!
17 years ago I came to work in Avilés, in the Central Bank, then called Banco Central Hispano and later in Banco Santander Central Hispano. I worked in Grado, Mieres, Piedras Blancas, Pravia, Cangas del Narcea and Pravia again. I finally retired in 2006, and I settled to live in Piedras Blancas, where I had my house.
I am married, my wife is called Elizabeth, and her whole family is from Aviles. We have two daughters, Andrea and Patricia, and they have already finished their studies and are working, one in Avilés and the other in Toledo. We also enjoy the company of two beautiful cats: Tina (female) and Lucas (male).
Although I am not working now, I don’t have much free time, but I try to enjoy doing what I like now: studying English, going to the countryside, walking, travelling, going to the beach or spending time with my family. Every year I go to the beach for my summer vacation. Recetly I’ve been to "Mil Palmeras", a beach that is between Torrevieja and La Manga del Mar Menor. I also visit my family.
Best wishes. Good health and luck for everybody!
lunes, 23 de marzo de 2009
If you prefer to see the architecture of
Aviles is not only a cultural town, it has also been an industrial town for many yearsand has had factories that have employed people and made some of them rich. One of this is the iron and steel industry, it makes the metal for our cars, lorries, vans, trams and planes. This industry also contributes to protect the environment with the manufactures of windmills. . This wind is used to produce electrical energy.
domingo, 15 de marzo de 2009
viernes, 13 de marzo de 2009
My students have written these mini sagas for you to read. A mini saga is a very short story as it must have 50 words!
Best Wishes from EOI Avilés.
Esther García Mazón
2º Intermedio H
REVENGE IS SWEET
He wanted to take revenge on his friend because this friend had teased him. He had pretended to sell a lottery ticket of the day before. Today his friend lives in a big mansion, surrounded by luxury, and he has stopped selling lottery to work as the driver of his limo
Carmen Andrea Bueno
2º Intermedio C
Everyday the elder man went to the hospital to read the same story to the same elder woman. At the end of this beautiful story, the woman usually smiled and kissed him sweetly. Actually, she was his wife. He read their own love story and, fortunately, she often remembered him.
Nacho Suarez Alijostes
2º Intermedio G
Revenge is sweet
The Russian Tycoon stepped out of a taxi on his return home from a football club’s Christmas party yesterday when he was threatened by two thieves. They stole his designer’s watch and expensive jewellery while the Tycoon reportedly disputed his taxi fare. He had not been injured. Inquiries are still ongoing.
2º Intermedio H
Time is money
-“¿Could you read me a bedtime story?”
-“Alright,” the mother of the three little pigs told them. “You are big enough to live alone, but take care that the wolf doesn’t catch you.”
-“Stop, dad! You have 25 more words. This has to be a mini saga, not a novel!”
Best Wishes from EOI Avilés
martes, 10 de marzo de 2009
viernes, 6 de marzo de 2009
The Carnival in
Another important event is Galiana descent. It’s a festival for young people who don’t mind wearing cold wet clothes because there are some firemen who get the people wet. Everybody wears green and yellow coats and the people who don’t participate should be careful because there are eggs and water flying all over
Especially during the summer when the legends take place. The legends are short theatre plays which are shown at representative places of the city such as Vadecarzana’s Palace, Ferreras’ park or Camposagrado’s Palace every week during August, usually on Thursday. The old quarter legends invite us to go for a magic walk enjoying adventures, customs and traditions which have given sense to the town.
Most of the actors are students so this also means a chance for them to practise what they have learned during the school year. As a result of this remunerated chance they show the best of themselves, there are ballet dancers too who have to make a heavy effort dancing most of the times in the street in front of the public.
In other words it is a great opportunity to watch good theatre free.
jueves, 5 de marzo de 2009
martes, 3 de marzo de 2009
lunes, 2 de marzo de 2009
domingo, 1 de marzo de 2009
miércoles, 25 de febrero de 2009
jueves, 19 de febrero de 2009
miércoles, 18 de febrero de 2009
martes, 17 de febrero de 2009
lunes, 16 de febrero de 2009
lunes, 9 de febrero de 2009
My name is Víctor. I was born in Avilés and I live in Los Campos, Corvera . I´m single. I´m an environmental technician . I used to deal with analyzers, atmosphere, clean water and wastewater, meteorology equipment, etc. I've worked in this field for ten years.
In 2001, I went to live in Barcelona. I worked there for six years as a technician in industrial instrumentation; measuring equipment and industrial control, treatment and data transmission, industrial computers (Plc´s), electrical and electronic signals, measurement and control of temperature, flow, pressure, weight…
In November 2007, I retired from work due to illness and returned to Asturias, where I currently live.
Now I dedicate my free time to study English and German in the Official School of Languages in Avilés. My hobbies are reading, walking, writing, going out with my friends, going to the cinema or the theater, travelling, swimming, and especially taking pictures. In my car, I always have my photo equipment: a Canon 400D with two lenses, a Canon 18-55 mm and a Tamron 70-300 mm.
Here I leave you a sample of my photographs, I hope you like them.
Greetings to all of you.
domingo, 8 de febrero de 2009
Essen is an enormous city with a lot of things to do. I tried ice skating. Too difficult for me, but I had fun (I think that this is the most important thing).
This has been an incredible experience, and I want to repeat it, as soon as I can. I hope not to stop talking with the German and the Spanish students.
And the thing that I liked the most was to visit a new country, to realise that people are different and I could eat things that I had never seen in my life.
I'll miss all the german students and I hope to see them again, and to start studying German harder, because my level is not very good.
And of course, I have to thank the teachers, that make this possible (DANKE!)
This trip was my first exchange and I have to say that it was wonderful!!! I think I’m very lucky because I could meet very nice people and know Essen.
At first, I was nervous because it was my first time in another country. I don’t speak German and I’m not good at speaking English, but Lea, my exchange partner, was very kind and her family too. She was always smiling and asking to me if I wanted to go anywhere or if I needed anything. We had a lot of fun bowling and ice-skating, and playing videogames with Justin; but I think the most amazing thing in Essen was the book shop… Maybe that’s because I love books and manga comics. It was huge! I really think that all in Essen was huge: houses, skyscrapers, the Town Hall, the shopping centre…
Lea wasn’t able to go to Spain because she was ill. What a pity! So Robin, who didn’t have a partner, came to my home. I discovered that all the men in Spain and Germany speak the same language: it’s called football. My dad got along with him though he doesn’t speak English or German. Robin was a very nice boy too.
Those days I spent in Essen were awesome and the days that they were in Avilés too. Four days are a very short time but I enjoyed it very much. All people in the exchange (Spanish and German, teachers and students) were very nice and I think the other Robin is the funniest person in the world. I’m very glad I met all of them.
my time in spain was great .I think the exchange has a very good result.
It was a lot of fun for everybody.
At first i want to tell a bit about my hostfamily.
The familly was really friendly.The house was big and nice.The ambience was beautiful and i also like the city aviles .
It was sooooo cool to see how the spanish people live and their traditions .
I think the spanish food it very delicious and i tried to taste everything my familiy gaves me.
It was good for us to speak english the wohle time so it was a valuable training for us.
Laura and I had venture a lot of things together with our hostfamilies.We were at the high cliffs and in a museum near the cliffs which was very interesting.We also were in a little city where the small houses were build on top of eachother.That was really impressive for us .
The weather in Spain was better then here in germany. Although some days were not soo good and very coold but the other days it was particulary warm there in the winter . At the last day before leaving spain it was very windy and things were fliying through the air.
And in the night it was a bit scary to listen to the wind which hits the windows :S .
At most i liked it to go shopping in spain .
The shops there has so much wonderful clothes not like in germany .
And the shopping centers are so awesome. There i felt like in a paradise .
Okay at last i want to thank my hostfamily and expecially Virginia again for everything they have done for me . It was a great time and i always would do it again.
I hope we will see us again in the next time .
sábado, 7 de febrero de 2009
Although The etwinning-project wasn’t my first exchange, I think it was the best I have ever had bacuse I ‘ve met a lot of Spanish and German friends so I enjoyed all the time with them and now I miss all of them .
In Essen I spent very good moments and the city was bigger than Avilés and also moderm with a big Town Hall, a lot of shops and shopping centres and high buildings, so I liked it. The best moment in Essen for me I think it was when Shanice, Laura, Lea, Lisa and Jan picked up Eva, Nuria, Ana, Alicia and me at the icerink; that night was wonderful.
Finaly I want to write about Shanice She was very nice all the time with me always making jokes, I really enjoyed the time with her and I hope she will come back here.
viernes, 6 de febrero de 2009
First of all I want to say that I'm so grateful!! The exchange has been the best experience I have ever had.
I really liked Essen, it's a huge city! But what I loved the most was my sister Janett!! She's GREAT and I had a lot of fun with her!!Now I know that I have such a good friend there. I also love my German family, they treated my just like another daughter. I thought I wouldn't be able to talk to them because I couldn't speak German, but it was a surprise, I could talk to them, and I learnt that sometimes words aren't important to comunicate. They were so friendly to me and I really have to say: Danke! Danke! Danke! for everything! And Janett's grandmother is so cool!! =)
I spent the best days of my life there in Essen!! It's an unforgetable experience! And I hope to go there again and my sister come here!
The day we went to the bowling and to the Chinese restaurant was just perfect! And the night at Robin's house playing Singstar!I really enjoyed it.
We met Duong and Ferhat, who are also two of my new German best friends! I wish they can come here in summer with us. They're awesome!
Not only we met new friends in Germany but also here in Spain! We didn't know eachother before the trip and know we have become good friends!
After this great experience I want to learn German, I found it an interesting language! (Du schaffst es!).
I also have to say thanks to our teacher, who made this exchange possible! I will be always greatful!
jueves, 5 de febrero de 2009
martes, 3 de febrero de 2009
lunes, 2 de febrero de 2009
The exchange was an unforgettable experience. It was instructive and all at once funny. My host family was sensational, really open-hearted. Also Eva ;-). First it wasn't easy to talk with my host parents because of their few English. But by hand, foot and dictionary we were able to understand each other. The classes in the School of Language EOI were very interesting and entertaining. Different people with different backgrounds and intensions have the same aim: study further! Talking to this people at all ages about experiences, interests and perceptions were very revealing and made a lot of fun. As recently as last month, I couldn't have imagined that meeting new people would be so exciting.
Just as well was Aviles. Aviles is a very wonderful city. It's so breathtaking to live next to the sea. The weather in Asturias was nice and warm in contrast to the weather in Essen. It's very romantically taking a walk in the narrow alleys of Spain. So in my honest opinion is living in a small town more spectacular than living in a big city like Essen. I hope I'll come back soon. :-)
At last I'm able to say: I have met great people and got knew friends, I improved my English and have eaten a lot of nice and delicious foot. ;-)
I recommend doing an echange all people who are interested in languages, countries and civilizations. Of course I would say "yes" for re-experience the exchange. Thanks to the teachers and the host family who made the exchange possible. I'm truly greatful. So let's stay in touch :-) Salutations from Essen!!!
Being the first time on a exchange I didn't know what to think about it because it is not the same that travelling abroad on your own, as I had done before. After it, I know it is a wonderful experience that has been really short (just four days!).
In Germany we have had a great time, playing bowling, going to restaurants or eating with our host families, ice skating, etc. In Spain the weather hasn't been so good despite we have had a great time too with the Aquarium, visiting the cities, at the beach, playing pool or sightseeing.
Maybe the dates hasn't being the perfect ones because we have had classes and now we have to make up for those days, but the trip has been worth while.
The thing I have liked most of all has been meet all the fantastic people with who I will keep in touch now, in Spain or in Germany. We the Spanish people have met friends around where we live. In Germany, I have been very lucky with my host family and with my exchange student, who has been very cool!
I want to thank you the teachers who made this possible and who were with us all the trip! We have practised a lot of English and discovered a lot of things about Germany of the German people that we didn't know and we have forgotten some wrong clichés.
This was an experience to repeat it.
domingo, 1 de febrero de 2009
I enjoyed all the time. All the exchange-students were so nice and I miss all of them now :(
I would like to go to Spain again..it would be real fun!! :) Avilès is such a nice city..it isn't as big as Essen but I would like to live there, too. It's enough!!
My spanish family showed me a lot of the way of spanish living and I think I really like it ;)
There are some differences between it but it was a great experience and I hope that all the other students are thinking so,too.
At the end I have to thank Miss Hasselmann who made the exchange possible!
With this positive thought of the exchange I wouldn't have a problem to do the next :P
Regards from Essen...
Bye bye...your Janett :D
the etwinning project is finished and it made lots of fun. It was very interesting to learn more about Spain and the language. The exchange have confirm my intention to learn the spanish language. It was also interesting to see how the spanish people lives. The flats in Essen are more little than in Avilés. The houses in Avilés are double so big/high than here in Essen. The houses in Avilés look like hotels without an reception. Also from the optical, I found Avilés, Gijon and Ovideo more beautiful than Essen. Everywhere stands palm trees in the city and in Essen stand a house next to another house next to another house.
I would be pleased about a meeting sometime with all the guys, which I have seen.
Greetings from Essen to Spain.
sábado, 31 de enero de 2009
The etwinning project was very interesting project
and I think it made everyone a lot of fun.
It was a great Experience for me to visit other people
from an other country and to learn how they are living.
It made a lot of fun to go out with the other people
of the group.
For example the trip to Gijon to the aquarium,
without the teachers,
made a lot of fun^^.
If I could do an exchange like this again I would do it.
I hope everyone is ok.
martes, 27 de enero de 2009
domingo, 25 de enero de 2009
So from strangers to friends in a few days.
The return trip showed Asturias from its best, blue sky and sunshine back to Santander. The pilot took off early and found a shortcut home. We were able to catch the earlier bus and were home an hour early, full of memories.
Thanks to the teachers involved, María, Belén, Clara, Allison, Marta and Ana for the private tour and the plants from her yard which will continue to grow in Essen.
My name is Jose Mª. I was born in Zamora,like Clarin, and I came to Gijón in 1956.
I live in Luanco. I am married and have two children,aged 28 and 26. I used to work in a primary school.
I've been retired since August,2008.
Now I do these activities: walking, reading, music, pottery and studying a little English to understand some songs , to communicate when I travel, etc..
I like going to the movies, listening to music, sharing opinions in the classroom,sharing culture with older people and keeping my mind busy with this language ( English ), which I´d never studied formally.
I wish you all the best.
If you want to visit my blog, where you can find activities to improve your English, such as subtitled songs to practise your listening skills , click on the link below:
sábado, 24 de enero de 2009
jueves, 22 de enero de 2009