In summertime, in Canary Islands and in many towns in Spain, there are many romerías, a mix between pilgrimage, parade and feast. In these parties, local people use to step onto wagons or carts and distribute food to the public in the streets. It is a very popular feast where everybody wear traditional costumes, sing, dance and share.
We took part in Romería de San Benito, the most important in La Laguna. So we needed to prepare a lot of food to share during the parade. We worked in groups to do some gofio. We also put on little bags “chochos” or “altramuces”, lupines in english; it’s a salty fruit eaten as snack.
In “Bailes de magos” (peasants’ dances), people from Tenerife wear their traditional dresses and enjoy the traditional music and cusine. They are named like this because “mago” is an expression that, in islands own speech, means peasant or countrypeople.
These dances are very common in Tenerife traditional parties and there is only a few municipalities that don’t celebrate it. These dances usually take place outdoors and it is compulsory to wear the traditional costume to enter in the hall of dance.
Slovak group presented their country. They bring us some food (not much because of luggage restrictions) and many sweets also. Everyone could get chocolate sweets from Slovakia.
Then showed us a presentation describing their country, it’s main cities and regions and also some traditions. A little quiz was made, participants has to guess for each member of the Slovak group what is their favourite sport.
Language During all the activities and at the Youth Exchange we will communicate each other in English. We will, with the help of the Leaders Group, to facilitate and translate when possible, but at least a basic skills in English