Archive | December, 2011

Spanish Gastronomy: Pescaíto Frito

23 Dec

Pescaíto Frito (fried fish) is a traditional fish dish originated during the 16th century in Spain and Portugal.The deep-frying of the fish in vegetable oil makes it crisp and light even when eaten cold, and it is a favourite dish of south spaniards.

There is a general belief that pescaito frito was possibly an inspiration for the English fish and chips.

Pescaito frito is usually eaten at chiringuitos, little restaurants at the beach, and a very popular pescaito frito chiringuito is Romerijo, at El Puerto de Santa Maria.

For a gastronomical trip, take a tripNETer mobile router with you so you can see the restaurant reviews on the way.

 

 

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Las Fallas

20 Dec

The Falles (Valencian: [ˈfaʎes], sing. FallaSpanishFallas) is a traditional celebration held in commemoration of Saint Joseph in Valencia, Spain. The term Falles refers to both the celebration and the monuments created during the celebration. A number of towns in the Valencian Community have similar celebrations inspired in the original one from the city of Valencia.

Each neighbourhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the famous specialty paella. Each casal faller produces a construction known as a falla which is eventually burnt. Acasal faller is also known as a comissió fallera.

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Vodafone Spain will cut the “free” MB for Roaming in Europe

14 Dec

Photo by jonoakley on Flickr. Some rights reserved

A month ago Vodafone launched an important announce called “Commitment Vodafone”, which intended to “win the confidence” of the client by eliminating the “small asterisk footnotes”, not to limit the proposals, but to reinforce the message.

It only took 30 days to see the first asterisk and worser condition in their most expensive talk and surf plans that included 50MB or 250MB of “free” roaming navigation (Per month) within europe. Is still expensive if you compare it with tripNEter that offers unlimited MB per day for only 5,99€ all over Spain, but it was something.

Now any spanish user that activates their plans after december 1 wont have those “free” MB of roaming in Europe, and must pay a regular price for the Data Roaming that goes up to 1€ per 100kb for some users.
This new condition only gets worse every time and the roaming rates goes in the opposite direction to the technology advance and more consuming apps and pages we are getting used to.

source: xataka móvil

Roaming rates: Germany

14 Dec

For those who still can’t imagine how big roaming rates can be, here is a very interesting comparison of the different Roaming options when Germans travel to Spain.

Save up to 98% with tripNETer rates! Up to 100MB/day for just 5.99EUR/day!

Company Price Interval
[EUR/MByte] [KB]
 1&1  39,34  10
 Aldi Talk  Not possible
 Alice  9,71  10
 Arcor  40,96  10
 BASE  12,08  50
 Bild Mobil  Not possible
 blau  Not possible
 blauworld  Not possible
 callmobile    
 congstar  20,28  50
 Conrad FairPay  
 E-Plus Time & More  12,08  50
 Fonic  12,29  100
 Ja Mobil  20,28  50
 klarmobil  7,99  50
 maXXim  20,28  50
 O2 Loop  Not possible
 Penny Mobil  20,28  50
 simply  10,04  50
 simyo  5
50
 smobil
 T-Mobile XtraCard  20,28  50
 Tchibo Komfort  7,17  10
 Tchibo Prepaid  7,17  10
 versatel  16,18  50
 VIVA  Not possible
 vodafone  14.95  50
 vybemobile  6,-  10
 Youni  Not possible

New Year’s Eve in Spain

10 Dec

Spanish New Year’s Eve (Nochevieja or Fin de Año) celebrations usually begin with a family dinner, traditionally including shrimp and lamb or capon. Spanish tradition says that wearing new, red underwear on New Year’s Eve brings good luck. The actual countdown is primarily followed from the clock on top of the Casa de Correos building in Puerta del Sol Square in Madrid. It is traditional to eat twelve grapes, one on each chime of the clock.

This tradition has its origins in 1909, when grape growers in Alicante thought of it as a way to cut down on the large production surplus they had had that year. Nowadays, the tradition is followed by almost every Spaniard, and the twelve grapes have become synonymous with the New Year. After the clock has finished striking twelve, people greet each other and toast with sparkling wine such as cava or champagne, or alternatively with cider.

 

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Surfstick erfahrungen reviews tripNETer!

8 Dec

Our german friends from Surfstick-Erfahrungen posted today a review about tripNETer. It’s worth a look, if you can speak german.

On the review it is commented how big the difference between roaming costs and tripNETer is, as we already showed here (and here).

 

The Alhambra, Granada, Spain

7 Dec

The Alhambra, is a palace and fortress complex located in the Granada, AndalusiaSpain. It was constructed during the mid 14th century by the Moorish rulers of the Emirate of Granada in al-Andalus, occupying the top of the hill of the Assabica on the southeastern border of the city of Granada.

The Alhambra’s Moorish palaces were built for the last Muslim Emirs in Spain and its court, of the Nasrid dynasty. After the Reconquista(reconquest) by the Reyes Católicos (“Catholic Monarchs”) in 1492, some portions were used by the Christian rulers. The Palace of Charles V, built by Charles V, Holy Roman Emperor in 1527, was inserted in the Alhambra within the Nasrid fortifications. After being allowed to fall into disrepair for centuries, the Alhambra was “discovered” in the 19th century by European scholars and travelers, with restorations commencing. It is now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, exhibiting the country’s most significant and well knownIslamic architecture, together with 16th-century and later Christian building and garden interventions. The Alhambra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the inspiration for many songs and stories.

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Palma of Majorca

1 Dec

Palma formerly Palma de Mallorca) is the major city and port on the island of Majorca and capital city of the autonomous community of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The names Ciutat de Mallorca (English: City of Majorca) and Ciutat were used before the War of the Spanish Succession and are still used by people in Majorca. However, the official name was Mallorca, the same as the island.[1] It is situated on the south coast of the island on the Bay of Palma. As of the 2009 census, the population of the city of Palma proper was 401,270, and the population of the entire urban area was 517,285, ranking as the twelfth largest urban area of Spain. Almost half of the total population of Majorca live in Palma. The Cabrera Archipelago, though widely separated from Palma proper, is administratively considered part of the municipality. Its airport, Son Sant Joan, serves over 22 million passengers each year. The Marivent Palace was offered by the city to the then Prince Juan Carlos I of Spain. The royals have since spent their summer holidays in Palma.

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