Their Majesties, the Reyes Magos

Gaspar visiting Santa Cruz de la Palma Although Father Christmas does visit Spanish children, he’s a new arrival. Traditionally the presents arrive on the morning of January 6th, when the three kings visit baby Jesus. (The sales don’t normally start this early, because Christmas isn’t over here.) And on the evening of the 5th, their majesties ride in procession through most of the major towns and villages in Spain. In…

January 5, 2013
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Tall Ships, 2012

The annual meet-up of tall ships will take place in Santa Cruz de la Palma for Christmas, for the 16th year running. The ships will arrive on December 24th and leave on the 26th. As usual, there’ll be a market in the port area from 9 am to 6pm, which gives you a chance for last-minute present shopping (or good-and-early shopping for January 6th, when the Spanish exchange presents) and…

December 23, 2012
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A Night of Stars

Tonight is the big shopping night in Santa Cruz de La Palma. Shops will have special offers and stay open late, and there’s all sorts of activities on offer. The town hall have organized a special temporary car park on the sea front. (Traffic will circulate through the car park only from south to north. Presumably to go north to south you have to go along the bypass.) Nova Foto…

December 15, 2012
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“A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” on sale!

“A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” has arrived on La Palma, and is on sale at the following outlets: Santa Cruz de La Palma: Librería Trasera (Calle Trasera) Papiro Libros (Calle Real) Molina Artesania (Calle Real) The Best of La Palma (Calle Real) Los Llanos María Luasteida Rodríguez Cabello (The souvenir shop at the bottom of the church square) Breña Alta: Museo del Puro I hope to arrange more outlets…

December 2, 2012
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Science Week

It’s science week and the astrophysics institute is organising events all around the Canaries. On Monday 26th at noon in the teachers’ centre there’s a workshop for 6th form students on atmospheric turbulence, and how astronomers compensate for it On Monday 26th at 6pm Ovidiu Vaduvescu will give a talk on near-Earth asteroids (in Spanish) in the San Fransico convent, Santa Cruz de la Palma On Tuesday 27th, there’s a…

November 23, 2012
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Science week

It’s science week and the astrophysics institute is organising events all around the Canaries. On Monday 26th at noon in the teachers’ centre there’s a workshop for 6th form students on atmospheric turbulence, and how astronomers compensate for it On Monday 26th at 6pm Ovidiu Vaduvescu will give a talk on near-Earth asteroids (in Spanish) in the San Fransico convent, Santa Cruz de la Palma On Tuesday 27th, there’s a…

November 23, 2012
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