Photo of the week: Orange trees bring spring to Andalucia

Thursday, May 9, 2013

An orange tree against blue sky (Linares, Jaen)


After a long, cold, dreary winter, spring finally arrives in northern Andalucia.


Photo by Hannah Hawkinberry, taken in Linares, Jaen


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Touring the World’s Largest Olive Oil Factory in Rural Jaén Province

Thursday, May 9, 2013

By Trevor Huxham

Every school district has its favorite field trip spots: Bostonians go to Salem or Plymouth to learn about America’s start; southern Americans visit ranches or plantations to learn about other parts of history and local culture. And this January, toward the end of olive harvest season, I went with students at the school where I work to the world’s largest olive oil factory. Called an almazara in Spanish,... 

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The ‘madruga’ experience: an Andaluz midnight Easter procession

Thursday, May 9, 2013

By Alissa Greenberg

This crying Maria presides over the 4 am ‘madruga’ processions in Linares


The first time I heard about the madruga processions in Semana Santa when a friend mentioned casually that if I thought Easter... 

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Welcome to 48-Horas

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Welcome to 48 Horas! We’re glad you’re here.

Today is a cold, sunny day in northern Andalucia, southern Spain, and I’m sitting at my desk during the quiet of afternoon siesta. Until a few minutes ago, the grey-brick plaza by my apartment building was filled with the sounds of children walking home from the elementary school down the street; now the carved façade of the abandoned 19th century palace... 

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Semana Santa 2013

48 Horas 2013 Semana Santa Coverage

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48-Hour Features


48 Hours in Linares (Jaén) for the Frugal Foodie

By Hannah Hawkinberry

A caña and slice of Spanish omelette (tortilla) are delicious together.

Whether you’re planning your first trip around Andalucía or you’re a seasoned Spain explorer, chances are you haven’t heard of, let alone visited, Linares. The place certainly... Read More

Photo Spotlights


Photo of the Week: Palm Sunday in Pollenca, Mallorca

A girl poses with her woven palm, a traditional Mallorqui craft for Palm Sunday, in Pollenca, Mallorca.

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Building Blocks

Building Block: Carnaval Parade, Madrid

by Alissa Greenberg Alcala Gate, Madrid Vibrant music and parades full of acrobats, days of unchecked partying, costumed groups roaming the streets: that may sound like Mardi Gras, but it is actually that holiday’s kissing cousin, Carnaval. Most famously celebrated in Brazil, Carnaval (like Mardi Gras) is thought by many to be a descendent from […]


Eye Witness Adventures

Habeis ganado? Que si, hombre

by Alissa Greenberg Palencia Calle Mayor by night. A year and a half after arriving in Spain, I still remember a comment one of the American consuls made during the orientation for the language assistant program that brought me here. She was speaking about safety, urging us to be careful of muggings and pickpockets. “But,” […]