This article was written by Natalia Rodríguez from Avanzado 2.
Have you ever thought about riding a horse? Would you like to have at least one equine? I would have never imagined to have one horse or mare and now, I am not able to live without them. It is a perfect way to spend our free time disconnecting from our daily routines.
Traditionally, horses were employed to transport goods and even or to plough the fields. Humans have also trained them as a military tools to fight in wars. However, the current use of these animals is chiefly equestrian sports and they are being used to sports competitions such as hippic events. Catching the attention of tourists is another purpose and they might travel in a carriage pulled by horses.
Horses are characterized by being curious, social and intelligent animals. It is said that they have a prodigious memory and it lets them remember the things that they learn.
According to life expectancy, horses may live between thirty and forty years and they are considered as adults after their fourth year.
Among the varied breeds, there are three kinds of horses which are more common: Spanish, Arabian and English horses.
Exceptionally, genetic has mixed them and, and as a result, it has obtained extravagant horses of combined colours named Palomine, Apaloose or Pio.
As a lover of horses, I recommend you to practice horse-back riding. Breathing pure air and being in direct contact with nature is ideal. Moreover, the healthy effect they produce in children with autism or cerebral paralysis has been proved. Are you ready?
This video shows us why equine therapy is so beneficial with real experiences.
This article was written by Cristina Santana from Avanzado 2.
The treasure of the capital of Gran Canaria island is Las Canteras Beach. It is a special place visited by the majority of residents of the city and tourists who visit the island.
With 3 kilometres of length, it is one of the best urban beaches from the country, there is good weather almost all the time of the year. Also, it has golden sand and calm water, so it is a place where you can walk along the sand, doing water sports or swimming to “La Barra”, a large rocky formation that is not far away from the seashore, 200 meters more or less. This beach is changeable, due to the changes in tides, you never see the same beach every day, it is changing continuously. Moreover, it is a large reserve of marine life, so, thousand kinds of fish are found in its depths.
The promenade next to the beach, from Alfredo Kraus auditorios to La Puntilla is full of restaurants of fresh fish or ice-cream shop, for example “Peña La Vieja” is one of them, 100% recommendable. It also has a lot of services like lifeguard post and first aid, access for people with reduced mobility, rental of beach umbrellas and deck chairs or WI-FI connection.
If you visit Gran Canaria, do not forget to visit this beach. You love it!
This article was written by Sibisse Sosa, from Avanzado 2.
Nowadays, we buy fruits and vegetables but we do not know where they come from or how they have been grown up: if they have used any fertilized or non-authorized poison, if the workers are fairly paid, and so on. Do we know what we eat?
A good alternative is to cultivate your own orchard in your house. No much space is necessary, even if you live in a big city. Moreover, you can full your larder with products from ecological shops.
According to some studies, working with the land take you in contact with nature and benefits your health, it allows you to burn the same calories as thirty minutes of aerobics. A study conducted in 2011 in Holland, quoted in an article by CNN Health, half an hour dedicated to cultivate a garden, can significantly reduce your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone produced.
Do you remember the smell of oranges, apples, strawberries? When you taste ecological food or cultivated by yourself, you realize the difference, you rediscover the yummy fruits.
My personal experience in growing small gardens has been very positive and today I have planted several lettuce and spices and my meals are better with them. I encourage you to grow up your own orchard and enjoy it.
This article was written by Juan Carlos Lorenzo, from Avanzado 2.
Europe is living a dreadful tragedy in the Mediterranean Sea caused by the irregular immigration that shakes its stability as a political body and our consciousness as society. Only in the first four-month period of 2015, more than 1.500 of 31.500 people have died trying to cross the sea from North Africa to Southern European countries. The last year 3.500 of 219.000 people suffered the same fated end; obviously the situation has deteriorated severely.
Behind each figure there is a personal story that relies on the simplistic view of the undocumented immigrant. So it is announced by Frontex that almost three-quarter of them are potentially asylum seekers, people persecuted for their race, religion, nationality, belonging to a social group, political interests or victims of armed conflicts and impoverishment situations. In other words, it is a problem of human rights violation, unfairness and inequality.
Unfortunately, Europe should not be considered as the guarantor of values and rights as one used to believe a long time ago. Step by step, it has turned into a position focused on itself. Thomas Hobbes was probably right, “Man is wolf to man”.
The future looks bleak because the member states of the European Union are more worried about fighting against human trafficking or safeguarding their borders than saving people or taking measures to avoid forced displacements.
Europe faces an unprecedented challenge and it will only be able to resolve it if it acts with a common responsibility. The situation is unsustainable and some decisions need to be taken not only in the short-term, in order to beat the indifference, save lives and manage more flexible and humanitarian migration policies; but mainly in the long-term promoting better living conditions in impoverished countries.
This article was written by Zeneida Roque from Avanzado 2.
Many of us have heard about Guía cheese and maybe we have tried it, but do we know its origin, method of production and features?
Guía cheese is a great unknown and therefore the aim of this article is to immerse the readers in the history, culture and tradition with surrounds the production of a unique item. Flor de Guía cheese is considered by many “ The gastronomic jewel of the Canary Islands”.
The production is localized in the highlands from Guia, Gáldar and Moya. Regarding Guía it is located in the village of Montaña Alta. It is an area with an outstanding tradition of livestock farming and shepherding, which dates back to the 16th century and has been continued by successive generations of settlers. This region features a large diversity of microclimates, which contributes with numerous varieties of plants, many of them endemic, and that make the pastures of exceptional quality. The transhumance of the livestock together with the richness of the different pastures also gives this kind of cheese special properties.
This cheese is handmade with unpasteurised Gran Canaria sheep’s milk or mixed (up to 80%) with cow’s and goat’s milk (up to 10%), but without a doubt, the most important characteristic is the use of thistle to make the milk curdle. As a result the unpasteurised milk provides greater flavour and quality.
TYPES OF CHEESE
De Flor: The milk is only curded with vegetal rennet. They are very thin, elastic and soft external rind with bitter-acid taste, and very aromatic.
Media Flor: The milk is curded with vegetal and animal rennet. It is a bit more compact and it also tastes a bit milder.
Guía Cheese: Its curdling agent is only animal rennet. The texture of this cheese is quite more compact than those made with vegetal rennet.
Written by Deborah Hernández from Avanzado 2.
Thoughts like: “If I could choose right now where to go, I would go to… or If I could close my eyes for a minute, open them and be in a place, it would be in…” have crossed my mind many times. And the answer has always been the same: Tahiti.
This island belongs to the French Polynesia and is located in the South Pacific, together with Moorea, Bora Bora and Raiatea & Taha’a (Society Islands). The archipelago was formed from volcanic activity and is high and mountainous with surrounding coral reefs.
Why is this my paradise? The picture says everything, it looks like heaven on earth.The magnificent combination of blue in the sea together with the green of the mountains and palms, it is simply amazing. But not only for its beauty, but also because it is an awesome place for surfing, one of my passions, although I am still learning. Tahiti has a small village (Teahupoo) on the south-west coast known for the surf break and heavy, glassy waves offshore, often reaching 2 to 3 meters and sometimes up to 7 meters. Surfers from all over the world go there to catch the best waves ever and for the competitions as well.
I do not know when the time for me to be there is going to arrive but, it will. Meanwhile, I will continue thinking about my paradise as many times as my mind lets me do it. And you, do you have a Paradise? Where is it?
This blogpost was written by Alberto Cubas from Avanzado 2.
It is Friday afternoon and you do not have any plan for this weekend? Do you fancy hiking and visiting natural landscapes? Don’t worry, you live in the perfect island!
Gran Canaria is called a “Miniature Continent” due to the different climates and variety of landscapes found. This island has beaches, dunes, mountains… a multitude of places where you can enjoy alone or with relatives and friends. Let’s discover some of the places and venues you shouldn’t miss.
The island possesses 32 Natural Protected Spaces, such as the Rural Park of Nublo, The Doramas Jungle, the Azuaje Ravine, Tamadaba, Pino Santo… and four sites of scientific interest (Jinámar, Tufia, Roque de Gando and Juncalillo del Sur).
Roque Nublo is considered one of the most important volcanic rocks in the island, located in the municipality of Tejeda. Roque Nublo is 80 m tall, and its top is 1,813 m above sea level. It offers a view of endemic plants and the nicest landscapes of Gran Canaria. This natural monument has a special value as a consequence of its symbolism and strategic position.
La Rama is a traditional party which takes place in Agaete, a small village in the north of the island. It is celebrated the 4th of August. Thousands of people walk every year the narrow streets of Agaete with big branches while they are dancing following the rhythm of La Banda de Agaete. La Rama is considered one of the most important festivities in the Canaries.
Las Canteras is an urban beach located in the capital of the island, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. This is a beach blessed with fine weather practically all year long, and where we can do different kinds of sports: scuba diving, surfing, swimming, volleyball… It has a peculiar feature, whose locals know as “La Barra”, a long rock formation spreading not far from the sand where people go swimming.
Next you can watch a video about the nicest sceneries of this beach.