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Spain

Spain is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. With an area of 195,364 square miles and a population of 46 million, Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe. Because of its location, Spain has been an important source of influence to other regions, chiefly during the Modern Era, when it became a global empire that has left a legacy of over 400 million Spanish speakers today.


Capital

Madrid

Government

Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

Language

Spanish

Currency

Euro (€)


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"Our family had always dreamt of travelling to Spain, but it turns out bringing a Spanish exchange student into our home was the best decision we could have made. She will be part of our family forever!"

— The Stage family, Virginia

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Jon, from Spain, made this video to show his host family a little bit about his life at home.

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Gazpacho
Ingredients
3 lb. ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
2 slices of white bread
2 cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
3 cloves of garlic, minced
2 green bell peppers
6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt to taste
Garnish:
Cucumber and green pepper, finely chopped
3-4 croutons
Directions
 

Soak the bread in a small amount (few tablespoons) of water. Gently remove and "squeeze" dry.

Place the tomatoes, bread, cucumbers, onions, garlic and peppers in a blender. Blend until the mixture is smooth. All the ingredients may not fit at one time, so you may have to fill the blender several times.

Once gazpacho is completely blended, pour it into a large non-metallic bowl. Stir in the oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well, cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Garnish with the chopped vegetables and croutons, if desired. Serve gazpacho chilled.

Fun Facts
  • Spain contains 46.7 million people, about twice as many as Texas.
  • Spain is 195,364 sq. miles, a little bit larger than California.
  • Spain produced 44% of the world's olive oil.
  • There is no tooth fairy in Spain- instead they have a tooth mouse called Ratoncito Perez.
  • Famous Spaniards include Rafael Nadal, Penelope Cruz, and Hernando Cortes.
  • Tapas is a way of eating which means "cover," and was traditionally a slice of cheese or ham placed over a drink.
  • The name Spain comes from the word Ispania, which means the land of rabbits.
  • Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas.
Hello

Hola
How are you?

Como estas?
I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET MY SPANISH EXCHANGE STUDENT

Estoy muy emocionado de conocer a mi estudiante español
THE RAIN IN SPAIN FALLS MAINLY ON THE PLAIN

la lluvia en España cae principalmente en el llano