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Steriotypical Spanish Breakfast in Photos

1. Cafe con Leche

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You can have it on the go at your local bar:

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Or make it at home:

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2. Meat and Cheese Plate

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Credit: http://www.theoptimalistkitchen.com

3. Magdalena’s

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Credit: saborapan.blogspot.com.es

4. Pan Tostado con Tomate y Aceite (Toasted Bread with Tomatoe and Olive Oil)

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Credit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ra2sqQ97Hsk
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Credit: http://www.persucarhipa.com

5. Tortilla

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6. Croissant

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Teach English in Spain

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North American Language and Cultural Assistants program (Credit: http://www.ielanguages.com)

 

If you’re a native English speaker and are not living in Spain, soaking up the Spanish sun, travelling around Europe on the weekends and making money while teaching English, then you need to seriously consider all your life choices that have left you in such a dark and forbidding place. Teaching English and working in Spain is simple, exciting and very feasible! If you have a Bachelor’s degree of any kind and are a U.S. or Canadian citizen, then you are eligible to participate in the North American Language and Cultural Assistants (NALCA) program, allowing you to teach English in Spain!

What is the NALCA program?

The North American Language and Cultural Assistants program (also known as the English Auxiliar Program) is run by the Spanish government to bring in, you guessed it, North Americans to teach English in the Spanish school system. NALCA has been going on for quite some time, which is surprising because very few people outside of the program even know it exists. For the American college student who just graduated and still doesn’t know what to do career-wise or the Canadian TEFL teacher wanting a change of pace, the NALCA (English Auxiliar) program is the surest, easiest and most guaranteed way of living and working in Spain for non-EU citizens.

How much does the program pay?

You would be earning anywhere from €750 to €1,000 ($925 to $1,230) each month depending on the cost of living in the city you are placed. That might not sound like a lot but because of the low cost of living in Spain you would have more than enough. If used well, the money you make alone from teaching in NALCA will pay for your housing, food, everything you need and weekend trips around Spain and Europe. That’s not even taking into consideration the extra money you might make from private English tutoring on the side where a native English speaker can easily charge €15-20 per hour.

How much would I be working?

You would be working anywhere between 20 to 25 hours each week, and only four days a week. Not bad! Your free day would either be Monday or Friday, allowing for long, three-day weekend trips to travel around Spain or visit another country in Europe or Northern Africa with ease.

When is the application deadline?

The application deadline is typically from January 1st of each year to Mid-April. The program itself doesn’t begin till September/October of each year and runs to June/July of the follow year.

Can I renew the program after each year?

Yes! The program is renewable for up to three years. After initially being accepted and working for a year, you will be asked by your school if you are interested in renewing again for a 2nd year at the same school. It is only possible to renew at the same school where you worked your first, or second year, otherwise you will have to reapply for the entire program again if you would like to be placed somewhere else or in a different city, and at that point you are at the mercy of the Spanish school system in terms of where you are needed most.

Challenges of the program

The paperwork! NALCA is an incredibly rewarding and exciting opportunity but it does come with its fair share of paperwork and bureaucracy. Moving to another country to live and work is never as simple as it sounds, but it is possible, especially if you know what you’re doing. RVF Spain Consultants is the expert on all things related to moving, living and working in Spain and we offer one-on-one, personalized assistance for all those wanting to work and teach in the NALCA program in Spain. We guarantee to walk you through everything, from the VISA to applying to the program, applying for and receiving temporary Spanish residency, opening a Spanish bank account, making sure your phone works in Spain, and a plethora of other related services to save you stress and a perpetual headache.

Teaching English in the NALCA program is not only itself rewarding and worthwhile, it is a fantastic opportunity to experience an exciting culture, learn a new language and travel the world. Start your journey to teach English in Spain today!

 

NALCA (English Auxiliar) program requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree of any kind;
  • U.S. or Canadian citizenship;
  • NO prior teaching experience of any kind is required;
  • NO age limit.

 


 

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How to get phone service and internet for those visiting Spain

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One would think buying a SIM card or purchasing a phone plan in Spain would be
simple enough but, like most things in life, it can be very confusing and
overwhelming, especially if you don’t speak the language and have no idea where
to start. If you’re lost in the Spanish world of phones and all you want is to have
wifi that works and minutes to be able to call friends and family, then read on
weary traveler!

Where to begin?

If you’re simply passing through and aren’t planning on staying in Spain for more
than a few days or weeks, then there’s no need at all to purchase a Spanish phone
plan. So what are your options? Outside of stealing McDonalds wifi every few
hours, the cheapest and simplest option would be to purchase a 1 or 2 GB SIM card
that can easily be put in your phone that would give you the predetermined
amount of data and minutes in Spain for 30 days.
A 1GB SIM card typically costs €5 and a 2GB is usually in the ballpark of €10. If
you’re new to Madrid or Barcelona, or any Spanish city for that matter, and need
your phone to use as a mobile map, then the 2GB SIM card should work just fine.

What brands should you purchase?

Vodafone, Lyca Mobile, Orange, Lebara, Movistar and Yoigo. Vodafone, Orange,
Movistar and Yoigo are the four biggest brands, but Lyca Mobile and Lebara will
get the job done just fine, and will most likely be even cheaper.

Where can you buy these mysterious SIM cards?

Any of the above mentioned SIM cards can be purchased at their respective stores
scattered around Spanish cities (a simple Google maps search while you’re stealing
McDonalds wifi would be sure to tell you where). They can also be found at your
typical corner store as well as below ground at metro entrances.
Make sure to have your passport on hand as the only way to purchase one of these
SIM cards, or any type of phone plan in Spain, is with proper identification. After
paying for the SIM card, make sure to ask the employee to put it in your phone for
you, and program it if necessary. Often times they have to activate the SIM card by
calling it from a special phone.

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Try to safeguard your normal SIM card till you’re back in your home country by keeping it tucked away in your suitcase for the remainder of your trip. And how can you go back to the service from your typical carrier? It’s as simple as throwing out the Spanish SIM card and replacing it with the old one.

 


 

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Mouthwatering Photos of Spanish Food

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Black Rice/Black Paella (arroz negro)

 

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Mediterranean Paella
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Tapas!

 

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Potatoes with Mojo Sauce (Canary Islands)

 

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Spanish Tortilla

 

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Classic Spanish Beer: Mahou

 

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Jamón Serrano

 

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Sliced Jamón Serrano

 

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Chorizo

 

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Black Rice/Black Paella (arroz negra)

 

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Tapas (Patatas Bravas, Calamary and Chorizo)

 

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No Spanish table is complete without a barra de pan

 

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Fried Calamary

 

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Spanish Sangria

 

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Patas de Jamón Serrano

 

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Spanish Olives

 

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Wine (Popular reds include: Rioja, Tempranillo, and Garnacha)

 

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Roasted Piglet

 

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Dessert! Churros with Chocolate

 


 

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Top 5 Places to Visit in Madrid

1. Retiro Park

Retiro Park

Akin to New Yorks Central Park, Retiro Park is Madrid’s perfect “getaway” destination on a hot, summer day or beautiful fall night if you don’t have the time to leave the city but still want to escape the hustle and bustle for even just an hour. Approximately 350 acres large, Retiro Park is full of open fields and spaces, misty fountains, rose gardens, and “secretive” little corners where it’s very possible and highly probable to get lost in a good book or conversation with a friend. No visit to Retiro Park is complete without a visit to the Crystal Palace or a boat-ride on Retiro Pond.

2. Templo de Debod

Templo de Debod

A Egyptian temple in Madrid? “I didn’t know the Egyptians ever made it that far North,” you might be tempted to ask yourself. Like most questions in life, including “will I ever not pay taxes?” and “am I gaining weight?” the answer for all three is no. The Debod Temple was gifted to the Spanish Government from Egypt and opened to the public 1972 as a sign of gratitude for their assistance in saving and relocating several priceless temples as water levels threatened to eternally submerge them after the opening of the Aswan High Dam in 1960. Once located in Upper Egypt and decorated by Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberias, the Debod Temple now stands in Madrid’s Parque del Oeste (East Park), yet another of the cities gems.

3. Gran Via

Gran Via

It could be argued that Gran Via is Madrid’s equivalent of Times Square as it’s equally adorned with large advertisements for Broadway productions, upscale shops and restaurants and impressive architecture. Seen as a focal point and main attraction for Madrid, Gran Via, literally meaning Great Way, is both a principal street and tourist destination. Walking the street, admiring the architecture and stopping for a glass of Sangria is more of an obligation and less of a suggestion.

4. Puerta del Sol

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Perhaps the heartbeat of Madrid, Puerta del Sol is where everything happens. Rich with history and surrounded by impressive buildings, Puerta del Sol is a wide and very spacious plaza that both invites and overwhelms you with its openness. You can take a picture by the famous bronze bear statue eating strawberries, a nod to the Madrid coat of arms from the 13th century, or walk in to any number of shops or cafeterias to escape the Spanish sun. Not only is Puerta del Sol a fascinating stop but it also marks the exact spot where all radial roads in Spain are measured from as Kilometer 0.

5. Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Visiting Plaza Mayor for a quick cup of café con leche or a beer and some tapas with friends is an absolute must. Perhaps one of the more “touristy” things you can do in Madrid, lounging around Plaza Mayor, located in the city center next to Puerta del Sol, is just as much fun as it is stereotypical. You wouldn’t dream of visiting Rome without throwing a coin into the Trevi Fountain, and the same could be said for a cup of coffee in Madrid’s Plaza Mayor.

 


 

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