Robles' Revolution

Isidro returns to Australia with the fascinating story of Colonel Robles, a relative who lived a truly revolutionary life.
(In English)

La revolución de Robles

Isidro returns to Australia with the fascinating story of Colonel Robles, a relative who lived a truly revolutionary life.
(En español)

¿Bailamos? - A Latin dance guide!

Dance shows how cultures from different corners of the globe have come together and intertwined, each leaving its mark on the others and creating the movements and rhythms we know today.

It is definitely one of our favourite things from the Hispanic world, and makes up an important part of the Spanish-learning experience for many students and teachers here at El Patio.

So take out your dancing shoes and get ready t0 practice with this guide we've prepared for you - and, most of all, don't forget to have fun!

Discover Costa Rica!

Got itchy feet? Looking forward to travelling again? Us too!

For now, you can travel from your living room with our crash-course guide to all things Costa Rica: the history, tourist attractions, and food!

El caballo en América

How did horses get to the Americas? When did they arrive, and from where? With this blog, we open an exciting, new category entitled 'Things you didn't learn in history books'. This opens up a range of possibilities, so El Patio would like to invite both teachers and students to contribute. Read the blog and then find out how to participate - there will be cash rewards!

Nicaragua, Land of Poets

On of our admin team, Sasha, takes a look at how the tiny nation of Nicaragua has made itself known around the world for its poetry - famous figures, fascinating history and beautiful prose abound!

Patagonia, 1994

Need some distraction? Here Nick Tapp (a long-term El Patio student) tells the story of his amazing mountain climbing adventure in Patagonia in 1994. It makes us want to start planning the next trip!
(PS: if you need a very good editor, check Nick's site: www.detail-ed.com.au)

Pintxos en el País Vasco (y en casa)

The Basque Country (el País Vasco) is a world-renowned foodie haven. Among the most famous of its culinary exports is the "pintxo" - the Basque version of tapas. Here you will learn a little about what they are, how to enjoy them, the best accompaniments as well as a few simple recipes for you to try at home yourself.

Champeta - What's the hype? / Champeta - ¿Por qué tanto bombo?

One of the most rewarding aspects about studying Spanish is the opportunity it offers to engage with Hispanic cultures from across the world.

Let Naira, one of our staff from Colombia, tell you all about 'Champeta' - a dance style that burst onto the world stage in February this year. As you find yourself spending more time inside and in need of new exercise ideas, why not try the Champeta ​Challenge at home!

With the Strength of the Sun Andean Carnival - Carnaval Andino con la Fuerza del Sol

The annual International Andean Carnival called, 'With the Strength of the Sun', is one of the most important in Latin America. Learn more about this unique celebration of the Andean culture of northern Chile, Peru and Bolivia.

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