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Exploring Guadalest

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Most travel guides and tourist handbooks introduce you to the main attractions of Spain. Barcelona, Madrid, Seville and Granada are covered in depth. They are fascinating places to visit and you could spend weeks exploring them. However, it would be unfair to neglect some of the […]

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Managing the January Feeling

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Waiting at the airport to greet someone you care about is a wonderful feeling. On Sunday 22nd, it was our turn. My daughter and boyfriend were flying in from Stansted and we took our usual position at the barrier. As the flight was delayed, we had […]

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Buying presents for your family when you live in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. I am writing this blog post at Christmas time when the heat is up, at least in terms of present-buying in bulk. However, present-buying  headaches for relatives abroad can happen at any time of the year. There are perhaps two issues for the resident wanting to […]

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Admiring the Alhambra

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Wherever you live in the world, it is likely you have heard of the Alhambra in Granada. The only Muslim palace to survive from the Middle Ages, it was originally Al Qal’a al-Hamra which means ‘the red fort’ hardly an inspiring description for such an amazing […]

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Antonio Gaudi 1852 – 1926

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Most people have heard of Gaudi. It’s one of those names, like Picasso or Dali, that if you know nothing about art or architecture you still have a chance of recognising. If you are visiting Barcelona, there is no doubt that you should pencil into your […]

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Community of owners in Spain – checking up on payments

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. How are you at book-keeping? People might fall into three book-keeping categories following a request for an invoice: Category 1 answer:  ‘Here is the invoice for the 31st December 2010’ Category 2 answer:  ‘I had an invoice somewhere for that’ Category 3 answer:  ‘What’s an invoice?’ […]

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Learning the Spanish language

Last updated on March 27th, 2020 at 07:52 pm. What comes to mind when you think about learning the Spanish language? Is it long lists of vocabulary, verbs, conjunctions and unfathomable grammatical rules? Or is it a fun and challenging experience routed in dialogue, speaking and listening? Chances are it’s the first option. Unfortunately, our […]

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Are you entitled to health care in Spain?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Many people who move to Spain are unclear about what their health entitlement might be when they arrive. This confusion hasn’t gone unnoticed by the official authorities either. Too many people are using the EHIC, European Health Insurance Card, inappropriately or are simply returning to their […]

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Changes to migrant health care

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. A consultation document was released by the Department of Health (UK) in July 2013. ‘Sustaining Services, ensuring fairness’ is the first steps towards finding ways of balancing the books in relation both to those who enter the UK and look for support and those who leave […]

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Spain’s renewable energy dilemma

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Using the weather to generate electricity is nothing new. With the increasing depletion of the traditional energy sources you would imagine that increasing the consumption of weather power would be high on every government agenda. However, it isn’t as simple as building more turbines or offering […]

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October fashion – socks or sandals?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. ‘Isn’t it warm for October?’ If you are living on or visiting the Costa Blanca this month you may feel as though you have been dropped into Spain in the middle of August. It is hot. With daytime temperatures up to 30 degrees this year, it […]

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San Javier v. Corvera

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Cast your mind back to 2004. The boom years in Spain. Property prices were rising, tourists were flocking in and the future seemed rosy with an ever growing market and plenty of land to build on. Lots of Spanish airports were needed to meet the demand. […]

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Museums in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. It’s hard to know where to start with a title like ‘museums in Spain’. There are over 1,500 of them and no post on any blog can begin to pay justice to the variety that are available to the interested. Here, I can only touch on […]

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Books about Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. The reasons why people buy a house in Spain are varied. Many people would admit that the weather was a significant draw here. However, culture, food, pace of life, fiestas, a rich history are all reasons given for making this financial investment. But how much do […]

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Sweden and Spain – forging the links

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Perhaps they are not the most likely duo, but Sweden and Spain are building links. The country of the north with the limited sunshine is teaming up with the country of the south, siestas and fiestas. It’s perhaps because of rather than in spite of their […]

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Ábaco Advisers shares its story

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Ábaco means abacus in Spanish. There are some very good reasons why Ábaco was named after this nifty piece of calculating apparatus. John Paoli, founder of Ábaco Advisers, explains, ‘Having a company name starting with the letters ab gives you a little bit of an advantage […]

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Some benefits to being part of the EU?

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. There has always been debate about just how beneficial it is for a country to be part of the European Community. For some countries it has been more controversial than others. There is continuing stress on relationships due to countries’ individual economies and perceptions held about […]

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Dealing with an emergency in Spain

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. We all hope that the need will never arise, but it is important to be prepared for an emergency in Spain – just in case. In many respects the Spanish emergency services work in a very similar way to most other countries. The European emergency number […]

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Spanish air-conditioning tax

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. I remember learning at school about the window tax of the 17th and 18th century. A property tax based on the number of windows in the house, it led to people taking all kinds of measures in order to avoid it. Now in the 21st century […]

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Spanish padel tennis

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. In another blog I have written about the sport of pelota/ pilota – a ball game traditionally linked to Spain. Not unlike pelota, Spanish padel tennis has strong associations with Spanish-speaking countries. However,  it is not as old a sport and was developed in the late […]

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Pelota – fast and furious

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. Most Spanish sports and recreational activities are not much different from what you would find anywhere in the world. The Spanish love of football needs no coverage and Spaniards continue to excel in many sports such as tennis, golf and motor racing. However, there are one […]

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Working in Spain

Last updated on March 27th, 2020 at 06:53 pm. If you are not eligible to retire yet but are keen to live in Spain then unless you’ve won the lottery you are going to have to work here. Before you start handing in your notice in your home country, however, it is important to be […]

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Bringing your pet to Spain

Last updated on April 23rd, 2020 at 12:09 pm. If you have been frustrated by the intransigence of the European quarantine laws when organising pet travel to Spain, then you might be delighted to hear that there are plans for the laws to be relaxed. New EU legislation has been proposed that will apply to […]

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The Spanish Market

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:10 am. As you would expect, a Spanish market is noisy and colourful with its fair share of ‘characters’. People watching is a good pastime at a market in Spain. Find yourself a spot at one of the little bars or side cafes and observe the hustle and […]

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The best countries to be a mum

Last updated on September 13th, 2019 at 09:11 am. It should be a very special time. However, for many women across the world pregnancy and childbirth are very dangerous periods of their lives. ‘Surviving the First Day: State of the World’s Mothers 2013’ is a report by Save the Children. It was produced on commemoration […]

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