domingo, 28 de mayo de 2023

Music, books, and a warm goodbye!

Hi Everyone!

                And just like that our time together has come to an end L This is my last post and I wanted to say what an amazing experience this past year has been! I am so grateful to be able to meet all of you, you really made this year so special and I would like to thank you so much for it. This weekend I travelled back to Scotland for a Harry Styles concert and it was incredible! It was my first concert and the energy was electric. I love listening to his music so it was unforgettable to see him live with my sister, now what is left is seeing Taylor Swift live! For this concert I have decided to crochet my own top which took many days to complete but I am really proud of the final look and I hope to crochet more clothes in the future. Crocheting is a hobby I picked up here in Spain and I am looking forward to developing this new skill back home.

 Speaking of hobbies, in the last year I have also read a handful of books, my top three are definitely Carrie Soto is Back by Taylor Jenkins Reid, the A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder trilogy by Holly Jackson and The Inheritance Games trilogy by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I am currently reading Hotel Magnifique by Emily J. Taylor that I have bought during Book Day here in Lucena! I also got two other books in Spanish – Violeta by Isabel Allende and Todo lo que sucedió con Miranda Huff by Javier Castillo – which I am really looking forward to reading. Have you read any of these books? Did you like them? What are your favourite books?

Lastly, I wanted to say how big of a part you all played in making this year amazing: I will forever remember the fun we had in class while playing games, sharing our cultures, and having casual chats. Even though I have joined you later, I still feel like I managed to get to know all of you and I will genuinely miss you all so much!! I want to also thank all the teachers for being so welcoming and supportive, your help has really made this job so much easier, especially with me joining a bit later. And of course, a special thanks to Marta who has been not only an amazing coordinator but also a great person to have around whenever I needed it. You have all been so amazing I will forever look back at this year with the biggest and warmest smile. I hope we stay in touch, my email is:

All the best,


domingo, 16 de abril de 2023

Easter in Scotland and Poland!


Hello Everyone!

                Hope you all had a wonderful Easter holidays and a good first week back at school. I’m looking forward to hearing about how you celebrated Easter in Lucena/Spain and I thought I could share how I usually celebrate this holiday.


Scotland is home to many different cultures and religions, for this reason, not everyone celebrates Easter; nonetheless, most people will take this time to spend it with their families. For those who do celebrate, they will do so with a typical Easter Sunday dinner, which consists of roast lamb, potatoes and garden peas, and cakes called Simnel cake (a fruitcake decorated with eleven marzipan balls to represent the eleven apostles, minus Judas) and hot cross buns (a spiced sweet bun usually with raisons).

Traditionally, families will also do an Easter Egg hunt which is mostly targeted to children but anyone can participate! During this hunt, Easter eggs are hidden around the house/garden/park and children need to find as many as possible to win. It is said that the eggs are hidden by the Easter Bunny who is a symbol of birth and fertility. Another tradition that is very popular in Scotland is the rolling of an egg down a hill. This activity symbolises the rolling away of the stone on Christ’s tomb.


Poland is a very religious country, for this reason, Easter is a very important holiday and there are many traditions around this time. Firstly, during Palm Sunday, families will go to church with dried pussy willows or colourful woven dried branches to get them blessed by the priest. There are even competitions for the tallest Easter palm: as of today, the record is 37.78m! (This is equivalent to 10 storey building!). 

Poland is also known for painting Easter Eggs (also called pisanki in Polish), which is a very long tradition. Fun fact: Archaeologists have found decorated eggs that date back to even the 10th century! Nowadays, people often dye eggs different colours and use paint or a razor to scratch a design.