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Full house for Jane Croniin’s ‘A Portrait of Spain’

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Full house for Jane Croniin’s ‘A Portrait of Spain’

It’s sometimes said that your typical expat is not really interested in learning more about their host country, Spain, which is why so few of us have mastered or even tried to learn the language.

However, if this week’s turnout at Los Arcos Restaurant for the first of Jane Cronin’s talks is anything to go by, there certainly are a lot of residents that would like to know more about Spain, to integrate more and chat more often with their Spanish friends and neighbours.

Over 200 people packed themselves into the showroom at Los Arcos on Monday to hear about and watch an informative slide show about the Dictator Franco. It’s easy to forget that democracy as we know it has only existed in Spain since his death in 1975 and until then, Spain had a very interesting history. Jane captivated the full-house with a short Spanish history lesson before delving into the life and times of Franco, one of Spain’s most loved or loathed leaders. It’s also an era, the Spanish Civil War, which that generation of Spaniards are very reluctant to discuss; it’s also difficult to find books and DVDs about the man or to uncover truths about his ties with Hitler and the Axis parties of Europe. Thus, Jane’s talk proved enlightening to many, as suddenly pennies started to drop as to why one must get ten pieces of paper stamped to achieve the simplest of Town Hall duties, or at least simple if one was living in the UK!

This was the first of six talks that Jane is giving at Los Arcos and if attendance at the first was anything to go by, get your tickets sooner rather than later as sooner or later it shall be standing room only and for an hour and half, or as was the case with Franco, almost two hours, as the audience craved more and more info.

Along with trying to learn a new language, many expats with time on their hands are both fascinated and frustrated when it comes to learning a little more about Spanish History and Culture. Although the two may not seem to be specifically linked, her new lecture series promises to be both educational, fun and entertaining, as suddenly one begins to understand more about why Spain has certain styles of bureaucracy menus of the day, siestas and all manner of other Spanish foibles, that you may have always wondered, and sometimes, complained about!

Talks start at 11.00 am finishing around 12.30 pm for the price of just 4 euros per session. Coffee and snacks are also available during the lecture. Next Monday (Nov 30th) Jane will cover the Geography of Spain, followed on Wednesday (Dec 2nd) on Moorish Spain, which many Spanish seem to think didn’t happen as they were only here for 800 years, followed by Spain after the Moors  (Monday Dec 7th)
And finishing with a look at Contemporary Society (Wednesday Dec 9th) which should nicely round out your short history and Geography lesson about Spain.
Tickets can be purchased at any time from the bar at Los Arcos Restaurant  or you can reserve your place by calling 968 18 32 58 or 619 488 903 or e-mail

Keith Nicol

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