Photo of the week: Orange trees bring spring to Andalucia

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

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,... Read More

The ‘madruga’ experience: an Andaluz midnight Easter procession

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... Read More

The mystery and power of Malagueño Easter processions

By Paloma Fernández Durán

La Esperanza trono, carried on the shoulders of the admiring throng.

If you’re interested in seeing Semana Santa at its most intense, seek no further than Málaga: many Malagueños count the days... Read More

“El Hornazo”: An Andaluz Semana Santa Sweet

By Hannah Hawkinberry

A traditional Jaenes hornazo, complete with cooked egg nestled in the center.

As an expat in southern Spain, every holiday in this country is yet another wonderful excuse for me to try new foods, and Semana Santa, or “Holy Week,” celebrated... Read More

Santiago’s Festival de Músicas Contemplativas in Pictures

By Jeannette Kranick

During Semana Santa the narrow cobblestoned streets of Santiago de Compostela echo with the noise from dozens of Easter processions and ringing church bells.

The Esperanza Procession in Santiago old town.

 

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