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Tourist’s Guide to Fit-in In London

Article by Carolyn Clayton

Going to London, whether traveling or migrating can be a lot of fun, but we all know that things can easily get awkward when you don’t plan ahead right, especially in a foreign place with a highly diverse culture. American has the reputation in UK as being arrogant, rude and often times annoying tourists, an impression you don’t want to have. Here are some tip-top tips to fit in nicely in London. Follow these tips and you’ll find yourself enjoying the company of Londoner friends.

First and foremost, have your attitude checked. No matter jet-lagged and stressed you become, you don’t have any excuse to be ill-mannered. You’re a guest in a foreign country; you should act like one by being respectful and respectable at all times. Never complain with foul-mouth when something doesn’t go right. You may get the wrong dish for dinner, but not understanding the things in the menu doesn’t give you right to scold your waiter.

Second, blend in with the locals. Don’t wear something that screams “tourist” like shorts. Both guys and girls can wear casual clothes, such as jeans and sneakers, but keep it low-key at all times. After all, you’ll be walking for hours around the city; it would be nice to wear something very comfortable. Well of course, you have to consider the weather and the season of your visit.

Third, do your homework and learn some British slang.If you want to be able to communicate to Londoners well, then you better learn some of their common lingo, such as greetings or basic important things you may need to ask. Elevator for example, is called “lift,” bathrooms are called “loo,” pants are called “trousers,” subway is called “tube.”

When you hear the word “belt up” that means shut up. British accent can sometimes confuse you of other words, so if you don’t really understand someone’s accent, just say “Pardon me?” or “Sorry?” or ask him or her to repeat himself.

Fourth, travel rightLondon is a big city, with several districts and thousands of streets. Panoramic sights and structures can easily grab your attention, but to be able to enjoy London and not miss a thing in your visit (or stay), you should always have a map of the city and a good understand of where you’re heading. If you need a ride, you can take a black cab, or better yet, you should be able to locate in your map the London Underground Subway.

Fifth, go where the Londoners GoThere are tons of tourist attractions all across London, but there’s no better way to experience the true essence of the culture a particular place than experiencing if through the locals. Dine, party and enjoy your stay with the locals.

Last and certainly not the least, never speak with an English accent, everLondoners can easily notice that you’re faking it. You don’t have to fake anything, you’re a tourist. They understand neutral accent, and they appreciate it more.

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Semana Santa in Spain, or the tourist’s feelings in front of Holy Week celebrations in Andalucia

Article by Sandra Dantis

The translation of Easter in Spanish is Pascua. Nevertheless, this word is not so used, as Spaniards normally refers to this period of the liturgical year as Semana Santa (Holy Week). After witnessing Spanish Holy Week celebrations and such large, impressive, striking demonstrations of faith, it is not so difficult to understand the reason why Spaniards reckon that the week preceding Easter Sunday is more important than the day that conferred Christianity all its meaning.

The aim of the present article is not to give an in-depth description of the events as there are plenty of literature about that. This is rather an attempt to explain some symbols and the meanings of the rites, along with aspects that chiefly strike the visitor that first assist to the celebration of Semana Santa. We will focus just on few aspects. We will give a brief historical overview of the origin of the rite and will try to explain who the nazarenos are and what they represent, who the costaleros are and their task, and how this celebrations are lived by Spanish spectators.

Seville and Málaga are the Andalusian cities that display the most pompous and magnificent countenance of Holy Week and a spectator arriving from abroad can be completely astonished, confused and stunned. The origin of the celebrations of Holy Week are due to the Marquis of Tarifa, Don Fadrique Enríquez de Ribera, who, further to his journey to Holy Land in 1521, decided to organise a large Via Crucis – Way of the Cross – that crossed all the city of Seville. The holy performance had also a didactic aim. In fact, the celebration helped common and lacking of culture folk to understand the story of the Passion of Christ. This event was then repeated and the costume spread to other cities and countries. Over the centuries, the original rite changed and became bigger little by little. The processions began multiplying and turning into the present representations of the Passion scenes, involving a major number of people grouped into several cofradías – brotherhoods. For seven days – there are no processions on Holy Saturday-, the processions pass through the city’s streets in slow parade. Worshippers follow the floats, sculptural groups of precious artistic value dated back to XVII century. The “pasos” – so called in Seville – or “tronos” – so called in Málaga – are carried by “costaleros” from the church where they are kept during the year, to the city cathedral, where the floats proceed to the Station of Penitance, before reaching its church again. Each of this procession takes between 5 to 8 hours to cover the route.

The members of the various brotherhoods, dressed up as “nazarenos” – hoodie penitents, with tunic, cloak and coat of arms – march in front of the heavy floats, often carrying a large candle. The conical shape of the hood evokes an approach of the penitent to heaven and it has nothing to do with the Ku Klux Klan. On the contrary, it seems more likely that the members of this hate group organisation acquired the costume after watching a procession. Nazarenos represent the followers of Jesus but it is not clear why they wear a hood. There are a lot of theories about that. Many theories state that this is a sign of humility as well as protection. There is also a theory that explains that the usage of this hood is dated to the Inquisition. During this period the head of the accused was covered with a sack and received a hood. From that moment, all the worshippers that wished to expiate his sins wore this costume as a symbol of sacrifice. Besides, it is not unusual to see nazarenos march barefoot as an additional effort to pay for sins.

The costaleros are the men who carry the floats and consider themselves lucky and they are proud to be charged by this heavy burden. As it was previously said, the procession last many hours and it is not easy to carry the floats. Some of these costaleros walk the entire route barefoot or blindfold to beg pardon for a sin or to thank heaven for a grace. The number of costaleros vary from float to float and from city to city depending on the weight of it. Málaga has the hugest floats in Spain (maybe in the world) and its small floats are carried by a minimum of 42 costaleros, whilst huge floats are carried by 270 men.

Málaga celebrates Holy Week in a queer manner, quite different from other Andalusian or Spanish cities. The tourists that visit Málaga for the first time will be stunned to see how the most important week of the year for a Catholic believer is lived by Malagueños. Far from being silent and meditative, this week is noisy, euphoric and joyful. People applaud the floats, sing flamenco verses, military parades march in front of the floats and sing their hymns.

A foreign visitor might misinterpret this odd way that Málaga celebrate its faith during the Semana Santa as a lack of religiosity. It is often wondered how far this manner of celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus is felt as a religious and inner feeling and when the bound is overstepped and all the expressions turn into a showing off and merchandising moment completely alien to the purpose of the ancient worshippers that conceive the rite. In spite of this, Holy Week in Spain offers undoubtedly a unique scenario both for worshipper eager to attend the celebration and tourists keen to admire the processions and the manifestations. If you would like to experience the most rooted tradition of Spain, the perfect place to do so is Andalucia with no doubt. Rent an apartment in Málaga or get a rental accommodation in Seville city and enjoy unforgettable days.

About the Author

Sandra Dantis works as SEO for GlobalCityBreak and collaborates with Steffen Hansen to the process of development of the company. http://www.globalcitybreak.co.uk is specialized in City Breaks and offer quality holiday apartments in the city centre of a number of different cities in Europe. All of our holiday rentals have been inspected by our staff to make sure that standard and location is perfect.

Murcia’s Holy Week Procession Brings Tourists

Article by Kurt Schefken

The Autonomous Community of the Region of Murcia, or as it is more simply called, Murcia, is one of the seventeen autonomous communities in Spain. The region was founded as Mendinat Mursiya by the Arabs in 825. These earliest settlers were able to use Murcia’s convenient coastal environment to create many of the first sophisticated irrigation systems.

It is on the southeastern corner of the country and is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea. It is next to three other autonomous communities, Andalucia, Castilla-La Mancha and the Valencian Community, within which lies the bordering province of Alicante. The Costa Colida, or warm coast, is a very popular area that runs south of the also famous Costa Blanca that is located in Torrevieja. Many Europeans have come to this area of the country to purchase second summer homes.

The capital city is also named Murcia and is where all governing bodies of the community are located, except for the parliament, which is in Cartagena. Also located in Murcia is the Mar Menor, the small sea. The Manga is a long strip of sand that is shaped like a sleeve, the English translation of the Spanish word manga. This sandbar separates the Mar Menor lagoon from the Mediterranean Sea.

The beautiful beach resort of Aguilas in Murcia is a very warm and arid and produces vegetables like tomatoes and lettuce as well as lemons, oranges and flowers for all of Europe. The temperature in Aguilas in the summer can often reach as high as 40 degrees Celsius, 104 degrees Fahrenheit and the winters are very mild, averaging between 4 and 16 degrees Celsius or 40 to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Murcia is accessible to both the airport in San Javier, about 30 minutes away or the Altet airport in Alicante, 40 minutes from the capital city.

The Cathedral in Murcia was built over a period of five centuries from the 14th to the 18th century and is reflective of each century’s architectural styles. There is an example of the Baroque in a carving of the front door of Pardon, the Velez Gothic Chapel, and the Junterton Renaissance Chapel. The Tower is 96 meters high, or 315 feet and contains 25 bells.

During the Holy Week Processions, many of Francisco Salzillo’s sculptures are carried out of the museums and into the streets for an amazing parade. The patron saint of Murcia, known as the virgin saint of the holy fountain, or good saint, has its figure represented in The Sanctuary of Fuenestra, built in the 18th century. The figure is part of the processionals for both the Easter festival and the Murcia Festival each summer. These festivals, along with the spring festivals are part of what makes the area such a fabulous tourist attraction.

About the Author

Kurt Schefken regularly pens online reports on information like murcia airport destinations. Writing for detailed writings on murcia airport and murcia airport destinations the author confirmed his deep knowledge in the field.

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