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.
This blogpost has been written by Sadi Suárez from Avanzado 2.
Since 2012, Galdar celebrates a Beer Party in its well-known Square of Santiago, this event runs at least twice a year and it is organised by Oktober Festival.
One of them takes place in April and the second one in October.
Galdar Beer Party is gaining importance for this town from the north of the island.
This festival offers a unique opportunity to taste different beers in a beautiful space and to enjoy of live music. with your family Tables and seats are placed around the square for people who want to enjoy this experience.
Canarian beers could be tasted this month. You could taste the following beers:
Pilsen : the most known in Gran Canaria
Märzen without filter: in Germany it is usually prepared in March, it is a kind of Lager beer, and it can present different tones.
Wheat: it is a style of beer, brewed with a large proportion of wheat malt.
Pale Ale: it is a beer made by warm fermentation using pale malt predominantly.
Summer Ale: is the softest beer, less alcohol and more water.
Toasted: is a beer with a particular flavour but it is delicious too.
The organization also prepares fast-food to sell which facilitates that families stay longer in the party. Besides, all the pubs in the surrounding areas offer special offers to collaborate with the event.
This month party surprised me with an organic beer with a beautiful taste.
After all, it was a good option for the whole Saturday.
This blogpost has been written by Sarai Reyes from Avanzado 2.
These days the Global warming is a serious problem which affects the whole world. As climate change continues to crank up the heat on our planet, the ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are melting at increasingly rapid rates. These and other factors lead to an increase of the sea level.
Unfortunately, the sea levels are rising by between 5 and 8 mm every year. This means that many countries and especially low-lying islands will no longer be habitable. As a result, the effects of global warming have already started to be visible in places such as Lohachara, an island nearby India disappeared in 1996. Its nearly 10000 residents were evacuated and they have become environmental refugees. It could be thought that this is an isolated incident but it is wrong. It is a fact that many islets have also disappeared underwater. What is more, researchers warn that several places around the world will have been devoured by rising waters in only some years. For example Kiribati, Maldives, Seychelles, Salomon Islands, Micronesia, Tuvalu, Bangladesh, parts of Miami, etc.
To sum up, I think the catastrophe can still be avoided but all countries need to work hard together to deal with the problem. Moreover, Governments should encourage the usage of renewable energies to improve the environmental conditions. Furthermore, it is really important that the deforestation of rainforests is cut down, as they are the lungs of the planet. On balance, I know it is difficult, but not impossible because it is about saving the place where we live.
This article has been written by Gustavo Díaz from Avanzado 2.
The way people listen to music has changed drastically throughout the years. Currently, we have access to any kind of music just in a few seconds. However, why are vinyl records increasing their sales?
Both CDs in the nineties and MP3 in the new century made vinyl records disappear almost completely due to several factors. For instance, both of them are more convenient to bring with you wherever you want to play them. Moreover, the CD was much more difficult to damage and was perceived by the public to be better sounding.
Nevertheless, in the last six years, vinyl sales have tripled. In the first part of 2014, Billboard counted 6.5 million units sold. Currently, vinyl represents 3.5 percent of overall music sales, while a decade ago it was only a 0.2 percent. As a result, Digital Downloads and CDs still constitute the majority, but sales for those formats are down.
Finally, it is also worth mentioning the emotional difference between vinyl albums and digital downloads. It could be the answer to the vinyl revival. You can download as much music as you can from thousands of groups, but people usually listen to the same songs repeatedly. Listening to vinyl is a special experience. You cannot do it at work or in the car. Consequently, you will be practically forced to listen to all the songs, which will make you appreciate it more. As Charles Lamb said ‘Contented with little, yet wishing for more’.
In my opinion, vinyl discs are an amazing way to enjoy music. They create an incredible atmosphere since you see the cover art. Definitely, this classic format has returned to stay.
This article has been written by María José Rodríguez, from Avanzado 2.
Gran Canaria hosts the only Spanish international race circuit attached to the Ultra Trail World Tour (UTWT): the Nort Face Transgrancanaria (125 km), becoming one of the events of reference for lovers of trail running.
The race runs through the most beautiful landscapes of the island of Gran Canaria, starting in Agaete and ending in Maspalomas.
The Transgrancanaria has been held on our island since October 2003. Participants can walk or run through the routes. The race is not designed only to test the elite, because it is also an adventure for everyone. The first edition in 2003 had a total of 65 participants. This year more than 3000 runners including 70 different nationalities took part in it. This makes this race the second one worldwide in number of nationalities behind the Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc.
Obviously this is an international impact for our island, being a unique showcase resort, especially for sports tourism, attracted by the scenic beauty and the excellent climate of Gran Canaria.
However, the step of so many runners during the celebration of the race causes an inevitable ecological impact. To minimize this issue, the organization conducts an annual reforestation project. It is their commitment with the environment.
Trail running allows us to enjoy nature in a different way. Moreover, it provides many health benefits, increasing your resistance and leg strength.
Definitely, it is more than just running: human endurance to the limit, the overcoming of our weaknesses.
Tags: Gran Canaria, Transgrancanaria, sports, Tourism, Mont Blanc, Environment, Ealth