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Navarra offers the best of Spain

Culture By 31 August, 2021 No Comments

written and experienced by Dr. Stefanie Claudia Müller

Ernest Hemingway was the complete opposite of an exemplary person or a gentleman. He was a drinker and womanizer, but he also was in love with Spain. About to turn 62 the Nobel Prize in Literature committed suicide on July 2, 1961, one step away from leaving again for Pamplona to celebrate Sanfermines, for the tenth time in his life. The grumpy American writer loved bullfighting and Spanish food, the vibrating cultural scene at that time and the good drinks.

The relaxed Spaniards have fit very well to his idea of having fun, but could not refrain in the end his troubled soul and mind from killing himself. His appreciation for the closeness and joy of the Spaniards when he first arrived in 1923, Hemingway transmitted three years later in “The sun also rises” (Fiesta). It was a “bestseller” and the beginning of a mass tourism for Navarra, at least from 6th to the 14th of July when the Sanfermines are celebrated and hundreds of Americans run with the bulls, or at  least try it.

Spain’s image abroad

Culture By 5 May, 2020 No Comments

Spain is the land of beaches, cheerful people, relax and sun, but also of culture, music, theatre and art. There are hardly more creative people on the planet than in Spain, creative in everything … as well in making up, hiding, cheating, but also in overcoming. We asked a Dutch person living in Barcelona how it felt these days to be in Spain.

SPAIN: Spanish culture vs the US

Culture By 21 June, 2019 No Comments

by Andrea Sagay

The first dimension is power distance. Power distance is a dimension that addresses a society’s willingness to accept that there are inequalities between individuals. This is probably the most similar the two countries are, looking at all the dimensions. Despite that, they are still pretty different. The next dimension is Individualism. On this dimension Spain has a score of 51. This dimension shows how much members rely or depend on each other.

Basically, do the people in that society identify as a “we” or an “I”. Spain is a lot less individualistic than the United States, which has a score of 91. The third dimension is Masculinity. This dimension focuses on whether masculine or feminine values. A society with masculine values focuses more on competition, achievement and success.

SPAIN: Learning by doing

Culture By 3 September, 2018 2 Comments

by Stefanie Claudia Müller

There is a small city in the north of Spain, in Cantabria, that is going against all odds.  The people of Corrales de Buelna not only fought 200 years before Christ like Asterix and Obelix against the romans, they also are a very social and open minded oriented society in a political more conservative and traditional surrounding. Everything seems to be different in the small villages that form the city. They go for tradition, but they also want to go abroad and get to know the world. This is also in part  thanks to the vision of one man.  First of all this patriot wanted to place his hometown in the history books and create a touristic attraction at the same time. But he realized quickly that there was much more about it then that. He just learned during the process, what could be achieved with organizing something together at that scale of a city.


In a way the founder of the “Guerras Cántabras”, Juan Miguel Villamuera, is a Spanish Asterix, even in a more metaphoric way. 17 years ago the by now grandfather looked for an activity that could unite the several independent spots of Corrales and its very different people. He wanted them to be proud of their roots and longed for living more in harmony then they did until then. “When one summer I saw historic spectacles in Cartagena, I realized that we in Cantabria have a lot to tell, since we were the last bastion fighting the roman invasion. I saw it as a chance to build up something big with my people here in Corrales”.