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7 Spanish Foods You Must Try

You are invited to a well-served Spanish table with us, take a sit, ¡por favor! We should warn you now because these delicious Spanish foods will make your stomach growling.

Spanish cuisine continues to be popular worldwide. Although, the ‘Spanish cuisine’ does not actually exist; each Spanish region has developed its own dishes and unique products. Spanish food culture is different from English food culture. Spanish people eat main courses twice a day and their breakfasts usually contain fruit, sweet food, and black coffee. However, the food culture differs per region.

The Spanish traditional dishes are described as appetising and simple to prepare. Many tourists visit Spain, not just to experience the culture and enjoy its beautiful landscapes, but also to taste some traditional Spanish dishes.

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Chester trip group · Hola People

The origins of Hola People (and an interview with its founder Esteban Tejedor)

Hola People is approaching its 5th year of age. Either if you have been following us since our early years, or you knew recently about this brand, you may be curious about how all this started.

We then must go back to the beginning of 2016, when Elena and Esteban Tejedor, two siblings from Madrid (Spain), headed to Liverpool to take part in a programme for entrepreneurs organised by the Liverpool & Sefton Chambers of Commerce.

After an application and an interview, they were successfully admitted along with several other young entrepreneurs.

Elena & Esteban - siblings entrepreneursSince 2009, Elena (the oldest of both) had already been managing —tirelessly and eventually successfully— her Spanish company called Aula inglés. Aula inglés helps Spanish speaking people to learn English (both in-person and online) and to travel and work abroad.

Esteban, in the meantime and during the previous years, had had a stimulant digital nomad life all around Southeast Asia, and had recently decided to take another step in his life by moving to the UK.

With the valuable support of this entrepreneurial programme in Liverpool, they decided to open a British branch of Aula inglés, doing —so to speak— the other way around, that is to help British and other English speaking people to learn Spanish and to find jobs in Spain.

Spark Up - Liverpool Chamber Commerce 2016

As local people seemed not to understand what “aula inglés” (English classroom) meant, they had to look for a different name, more suitable for the UK branch. After an intense brainstorming session, Hola People was born.

Soon after, Elena went back to Madrid to keep focusing on her Spanish company, while Esteban remained in Liverpool, owning the British one. To work independently, yet collaboratively, was the best decision… if you have any brothers or sisters, you will know that it is not always easy to agree on things, not to mention managing a business together!

So, Esteban found himself on the mission to make brand-new Hola People grow. Since most British do not show great interest to learn Spanish (fairly speaking, due mainly to lack of necessity), Esteban had to re-adjust the business model. Here is when he started to organise a variety of events in Liverpool, from language exchanges to Salsa classes, Spanish parties, day trips and eventually, personal and professional development courses and workshops. For this last category of events, Esteban created a different brand, QLU Project (QLU stands for Quantum Life University).

By today, Hola People and QLU Project (both brands contained by Atlas & Cosmos Ltd., the official name of the company) have organised hundreds of events, first in Liverpool and currently online, due to the current exceptional circumstances.

 

 

Our vision for the future is to be an international reference in the Education sector, not only by teaching languages and personal and professional skills but also providing worldwide travel and work opportunities.

We encourage you to accompany us on this journey by reading our blog updates, following our educative and funny posts on social media, and by trying our languages classes or personal development online courses.

If you have liked the story of Hola People‘s origins, or if you want to know more, please leave us a comment below!

Also, you can listen to Esteban’s encouraging story in this podcast in which he has been recently featured and where he explains more in deep the special personal journey that led him to found Hola People: Digital Nomad to Successful Entrepreneur Abroad. Esteban explains how traveling benefits you, and the way all of us can make our dreams come true.

 

Avvinue - Esteban Tejedor - Hola People

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summer holiday turkey

Best Holiday Destinations in Turkey

The point where the East meets the West, the richness of culture, history with a landscape that encompassing beaches and soaring mountains, Turkey has a role as a gateway between Europe and Asia for thousands of years.

Thanks to its great climate, Turkey has been a popular holiday destination during summer. Whether you are looking for a crowded holiday or a peaceful one; to decide where to go in Turkey will not be easy!
(ps: I suppose, I don’t need to mention how you fill your tummy during your visit with delicious Turkish foods.)

Let’s have a look at treasures to help you to draw your vacation route.
 

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An increasing desire for British to buy property in Spain

Property Guides have recently conducted research around the increasing desire for Brits to buy property in sunny Spain.

The company surveyed 2,800 participants to find out why Spain is such a desirable destination and if the latest UK issues (such as Brexit and Covid-19) have affected their reasons for buying property abroad.

The survey revealed:

  • 60% of participants want to buy a property in Spain by the end of next summer
  • When asked what represents their dream life in Spain, 73% of people said they want a healthier lifestyle, 64% want a happy retirement and 49% want a new adventure.
  • 61% of participants said they desire a detached villa and would be willing to spend over £125,000.
  • While 61% of respondents claimed to know they can keep their EU rights to residence and healthcare if buying a property in Spain before the end of the Brexit transition period, 66% are not concerned about Brexit when considering buying a property in Spain.
  • More than 90% already have the savings or assets they need.

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7 reasons to Travel

Travelling will show you how small the world is, it will also help you grow your inner world. Because every person you meet, every city you see will come with you when you leave. When you go back home, you will realize that you put more things in your bag when you remember those moments again. When you realize that there are so many different cultures and thoughts in the world, you will realize how wrong it is to adhere to your own culture and mindset.

It is the best decision you can make that is going beyond your own walls and traveling around the world. So why is traveling important? How can traveling the world, studying abroad, meeting different cultures help us in life? Let me explain.

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The comfort zone

Challenging your comfort zone

In this article, you will learn how to go out of your comfort zone. First, we will define what a comfort zone is for you. It is a space, a place, a domain, in which you feel comfortable, you know how it works, the sensations you feel or go to feel are not unknown to you.

Now you will have to ask yourself if in your life, if you have ever been outside your comfort zone. If so, how did you experience this situation, what did it teach you about yourself or about this unknown area? Does that make you want to do it again? Have you started again? If you haven’t had the chance to leave your comfort zone or even had the courage to do.
So, you will know that this is a great opportunity to leave it. Are you going to say why? Because simply, if you step outside your comfort zone, if you learn something new, your comfort zone will simply be greater, and you will feel in your comfort zone in situations that you have previously disturbed. As the image of this post illustrates.

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Coaches and mentors for students

The importance of a mentor and a coach

Before we understand how important they may be, we talk first about the difference between a mentor and a coach. So, a mentor is a person who has already been where you want to be. So, he can be just one, two or three steps ahead of you. He doesn’t need to be an expert already, although this can be a plus but more complicated to find. If it is already several steps ahead. This will be enough because he can help you in the steps he goes through and make it feedback that can help you.

He can give you a map, the steps to follow to reach that point. It could be very useful because you gain time on research and the mistake he did before you could do. Now the coach, who is a person that doesn’t tell you what to do, but through questions makes you realise what you need to do in your life or for your goal.

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champagne history

The history of champagne

Champagne is a French sparkling wine protected by a registered designation of origin. Its name comes from Champagne, a region in north-eastern France. The geographical delimitation, the grape varieties, the yields and the overall production of champagne are the main characteristics of the appellation. Champagne is a drink that has become synonymous with celebration. It enjoys a prestige recognized throughout the world, thanks to the very active protection and defence of the appellation.

 

The champagne wine was initially not sparkling. It is simply called “Champagne wine” between the 16th and 17th centuries. The process of making sparkling wine is discovered, according to legend, by the Benedictine monk Dom Perignon. However, this method was approximate. Scientific advances such as Louis Pasteur’s work on fermentation have made it possible to establish this effervescence. Historically, Maison Ruinart was the first to offer sparkling champagne wine (1729).

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7 great cities in Spain you must visit

Spain is known as a country with great and beautiful beaches, excellent weather and their tapas food. In this article, we would like to tell you a bit more about our top 7 cities in Spain.

 

Barcelona

Famous for the beautiful beach, excellent food, iconic architecture and their nightlife. Barcelona is the capital and largest city in Spain’s Catalonia region.

Visit museums, beautiful churches, Barcelona stadium, palm-tree filled plazas, excellent restaurants, shops and several Roman archaeological sites and of course, a lot more great places in Barcelona.

When you are in Barcelona, don’t forget to visit Gaudi’s famous La Sagrada Familia Basilica. It is the most popular tourist attraction in Barcelona and probably in the whole of Spain.

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A glass of wine from La Rioja

I am Susana and I live in the north of Spain, in a place called La Rioja. Although it’s the smallest region in Spain. This land is famous because there are good wine and olive oil. The most famous wine is the red one.

red wine There are many different wines according to their quality, taste, and prices. The grapes are the main ingredients, but the technique is important too. In every season, the grapes juices must be kept in wood recipients for many years.

The experience of grape growers and winemakers has resulted in a selection of those grape varieties that best adapt to the region’s climate and soils, producing wine of the highest quality. Today the blend is usually dominated by Viura, also known as Macabeo, Malvasía for oak-aged styles, and white Garnacha in small doses. Other blends permitted include Tempranillo, Maturana, Verdejo, and Turruntés.

In the past, it was not uncommon for some brands to age their red wines for 15-20 years or even more before their release. One notable example of this is Marqués de Murrieta which release its 1942 vintage Gran Reserva in 1983 after 41 years of aging. Today most bodegas have shifted their winemaking focus to wines that are ready to drink sooner with the top wines typically aging for 4-8 years prior to release though some traditionalist still age longer. The typical bodega owns anywhere from 10.000 to 40.000 oak barrels. There is a wealth of historic producers, many of whom have been making wine for centuries, but recently the region has seen the arrival of a new wave of ultra-modern bodegas that are pushing the boundaries and taking the wines to even greater heights.

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