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Louise Heldt Kristensen

Louise teaches Danish as well as Spanish.

Louise says: ”I have a cand.mag. in Spanish and Spanish American from the University of Copenhagen. I have lived and worked in Spain, in La Coruña, for 25 years, but now I live in Denmark with my ’Spanish’ family. Besides Spanish, which I consider to be my second language, I also have a qualification in Danish as a foreign and second language, and I also teach Danish at Studieskolen.

At the age of 15, I became fascinated with Spanish language and Spanish and Latin American culture as I met it in Miami, Florida (USA) where my father had moved. I became convinced that I simply had to study Spanish at the University of Copenhagen. In Florida, I also managed to meet a Spaniard who tempted me to ’his’ Spain – the beautiful green corner that is Galicia. This is where I studied some of my bachelor’s degree at Universidade da Coruña before moving permanently to La Coruña after finishing my studies.

I have wide-ranging experience from the Spanish jobs market, and I have my finger on the pulse regarding most everything current within politics, society and culture in Spain.

I usually visit Galicia twice a year, visiting the Razo-Baldaio coastal area with lots of wild nature and a part of the Atlantic coast known as ’La Costa de la Muerte’ which stretches from Razo-Baldaio to Finisterre where the coast turns south.”

If you’re learning Spanish, this is what Louise recommends:

Places in Spain:

  • La Coruña, famous for its overwhelming gastronomical variety of fish and shellfish, Europe’s longest beach and city promenade, the 13 km long ’El Paseo marítimo de La Coruña’, as well as the oldest functional Roman lighthouse, ’La Torre de Hercules’
  • ’La Ruta de los Faros’, a popular walking route in several stages that starts in the fishing town of Malpica and finishes in Finisterre. The route runs along the Atlantic coast, and in several spots you walk along steep coastal slopes. The stages can be picked according to difficulty, but you will not find more beautiful nature!
  • Santiago de Compostela and its cosy old town and famous cathedral – the final destination for those wandering along the famous pilgrim route ’El Camino de Santiago’
  • ’Las Rias Baixas’, the southern Spanish inlets in which the Spanish white wines of the variety Albariño are cultivated, are always worth a visit

Good tips for you if you are learning Spanish:

  • Listen to Spanish music, you can find something in any genre
  • Read a Spanish paper online such as elmundo.es or listen to a podcast such as EL MUNDO al dia
  • If you are on holiday in Spain, buy and read the magazine ¡Hola! – the most famous glossy gossip mag in Spain, full of articles about Spain’s most famous people
  • On RTVE Play you can stream the series ’Cuéntame’ from 2001 – the most award-winning Spanish series. In it, we follow life in Spain from the 50’s onwards through the Alcántara family