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  • Bystanders hurt as Jesus statue falls during Motril's Good Friday procession - Spanish News in English
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    FIVE people have been injured - one of whom is in a serious condition - after an image of Jesus Christ on the cross fell off its stand during the Good Friday parades in Motril ...
  • New map reveals Spanish time is out of sync

    Olive Press Newspaper Spain
    Imogen Calderwood (Reporter)
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Designed by a Google engineer, the map gives a new look at global time
  • David Cameron stung by jellyfish

    Spain | The Guardian
    Paul Owen
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    PM's encounter with sea creature while on holiday in Lanzarote is not the first time that a jellyfish has caused him painDavid Cameron is known for floating serenely above the political fray, suffering very little damage to his own reputation even as his government is forced into U-turns or his ministers are forced to resign.But on holiday in Lanzarote this week the prime minister's luck ran out. Bobbing gently in the Spanish waters, Cameron suddenly received a painful sting from a jellyfish. Continue reading...
  • Adeje And Arona Want More Guardia Civil Agents
    Peter Jay
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    The municipalities of Adeje and Arona are requesting an increase in the number Guardia Civil agents operating in the area, in order to improve public safety in both municipalities. This request will be formally made in a joint Local Security Board held soon, which is  attended by the deputy head of the province, Guillermo Diaz Guerra . The central government representative has made ??it clear in previous conversations that, for now , generally increased human resources will not be possible and that only some groups, such as the GRS (Rural Safety Group ) could be augmented in some…
  • Barclays said to be planning exit from Spain

    Olive Press Newspaper Spain
    Imogen Calderwood (Reporter)
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The British bank has recorded massive losses over the last few years
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  • Adeje And Arona Want More Guardia Civil Agents

    Peter Jay
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:55 am
    The municipalities of Adeje and Arona are requesting an increase in the number Guardia Civil agents operating in the area, in order to improve public safety in both municipalities. This request will be formally made in a joint Local Security Board held soon, which is  attended by the deputy head of the province, Guillermo Diaz Guerra . The central government representative has made ??it clear in previous conversations that, for now , generally increased human resources will not be possible and that only some groups, such as the GRS (Rural Safety Group ) could be augmented in some…
  • 23-Year-Old Killed In Playa Paraiso

    Peter Jay
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:59 pm
    A 23-year-old Moroccan  was found seriously injured in Calle La Vega in Playa Paraiso just after eleven o’clock on Monday night, he died shortly after Guardia Civil officers arrived. A 37-year-old man, identified only as MEM, and also a Moroccan national, was found hiding nearby by officers investigating the scene. He had scratches on his face. The man, who shared a room with the deceased in the Playa Paraiso  area, admitted having had a fight with him about  personal matters just hours before. Athough MEM has been arrested as the alleged culprit of the death , the Guardia…
  • New Web Portal Delivers Goods To Canary Islands

    Peter Jay
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:42 pm
    It is a sad fact that the development of  e-commerce in the Canary Islands has been left far behind compared to the mainland in recent years, administrative barriers are the main culprit for this, there is an administrative and customs lag for individual purchases under the current REF ( Economic and Fiscal Regime ) . SEUR Canarias (Grupo Valora) and the 2mcgroup have collaborated to make e-commerce to and from the Canary Islands more accessible , by creating a new web portal: . Xopit is basically on big online shopping centre which aims to bring suppliers together to sell…
  • Drunk Ex-Pat Injures Traffic Cop

    Peter Jay
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    A Guardia Civil traffic policeman working out of Granadilla has been off sick since  the weekend due to injuries sustained after being attacked by an Ex-Pat drunk driver. The accused, of British nationality, attacked four policemen, injuring one of them, after testing positive at a breathaliser control stop in Granadilla county shortly after noon  on Saturday.
  • New Management At Magma Centre

    Peter Jay
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    The Blue Marketing Events company has finally taken over the running of the Magma Arte and Congresos centre a year and two months after a legal wrangle resulted in a final judgment in their favour by the Supreme Court. The  Supreme Court countermanded a decision by the Ministry of Tourism of the Canary Islands, at that time headed by Rita Martin, to award the management contract to the joint venture formed by the Agencies Travel Alegranza SL, and the Canary Island Car , hire company better known asCICAR . Blue Marketing Events had presented a bid when the contract went out to tender…
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    Spain | The Guardian

  • David Cameron stung by jellyfish

    Paul Owen
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    PM's encounter with sea creature while on holiday in Lanzarote is not the first time that a jellyfish has caused him painDavid Cameron is known for floating serenely above the political fray, suffering very little damage to his own reputation even as his government is forced into U-turns or his ministers are forced to resign.But on holiday in Lanzarote this week the prime minister's luck ran out. Bobbing gently in the Spanish waters, Cameron suddenly received a painful sting from a jellyfish. Continue reading...
  • Josep Maria Subirachs obituary

    Michael Eaude
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    Catalan sculptor whose creations can be seen worldwide, and most notably on Gaudí's Sagrada Família cathedral in BarcelonaThe sculptor Josep Maria Subirachs, who has died aged 87, is mainly associated with his controversial sculptures for the Passion Facade of Antoni Gaudí's famous Sagrada Família cathedral in Barcelona. When Subirachs accepted his 1986 commission, he insisted on two conditions: he would live in a small flat in the cathedral precinct (as Gaudí himself had done) and his sculptures would be his own, not Gaudí imitations.In nearly 20 years,…
  • Spain tops list of EU's 10 worst employment blackspots

    Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Statistics reveal top five worst hit areas for joblessness are in Spain where almost 6 million people are without a jobA day after Spain's second-biggest bank predicted it would take 10 years for employment to return to 2007 levels, more grim statistics revealed that seven of the EU's 10 worst employment blackspots are in Spain.The top five worst hit areas are in Spain, where almost 6 million people are without a job. All five regions have jobless rates of more than 33%, led by Andalusia at 36.3%. The region, home to the Costa del Sol, receives some 7 million tourists every year but has been…
  • Pain in Spain as bank warns of 10-year jobs blight and public debt leaps 8.1bn

    Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    Spanish bank BBVA says unemployment may take a decade to recover from financial crisis and public debt hits 95% of GDPSpanish unemployment could take 10 more years to return to the levels seen before the financial crisis, according to a report that paints a picture of an economy hampered by low wages, low skills and lack of investment in research.Spanish workers earn 20%-40% less than those in other leading European countries, according to the study by Spain's second-biggest bank, BBVA. The earnings gap is partly explained by very high unemployment, which BBVA said "derives from a labour…
  • Gay and lesbian old people's home planned in Spain

    Stephen Burgen in Barcelona
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    26 December Foundation, which is behind Madrid scheme, says some elderly people hide sexuality to avoid rejection by peersSpain's first old people's home for gay and lesbian pensioners is to open in a converted hotel in Madrid.Federico Armenteros, president of the 26 December Foundation, which is behind the scheme, said that as far as society was concerned "elderly LGTB don't exist". Continue reading...
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    Spain Financial News

  • Goldman, Citi, UBS ... and a Guy in an Office

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:27 am
    … Grupo Corporativo Ono of Spain in its $10 … JPMorgan Chase Bank of America Merrill Lynch Deutsche Bank Credit Suisse … institutional securities, which included investment banking as well as sales … Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group that is widely credited with …
  • SeeThruEquity Issues Update on Harvard Bioscience Inc.

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    … Bioscience Inc. (NASDAQ: HBIO) regarding financial and operational results for Q4 … United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden, and Spain with additional facilities in France … . We do not conduct any investment banking or commission based business. We …
  • Common Sense: Goldman, Citi, UBS ... and a Guy in an Office

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    … Grupo Corporativo Ono of Spain in its $10 … JPMorgan Chase Bank of America Merrill Lynch Deutsche Bank Credit Suisse … institutional securities, which included investment banking as well as sales … Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group that is widely credited with …
  • Economics’ Biggest Sensation Is Also Its Fiercest Critic

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    … of IS-LM (for investment saving-liquidity money), a model … archives of the French Finance Ministry, culling income, inheritance … bloated CEO compensation at investment banks, inequality was suddenly news … redistribute"—taxes and credits—"have on …
  • The Best Cross-platform CRM Systems

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    … . Enter our friends from the investment bank. What CRM systems support browsers … , respectively, for the film Gravity, Spanish, Italian, and let’s not … successful CRM implementations for global finance and professional services firms. He …
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    Almerimar Life » Living In Spain

  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chippie open at Leo's again but only Friday Nights. Live Music on Saturdays. Give it 3 months and check it out post honeymoon I guess. 20:09:44, 2014-04-17 Expect the old kids club on Poniente beach to open this summer as they rennovating the inside 20:07:06, 2014-04-17 Misty early morning but the sun is burning that off and turning into nice day. 10:03:23, 2014-04-17 Ryan Air East Midlands to Almeria flights start tomorrow. Tue & Thu in summer. You ready for the rush of tourists? 12:43:13, 2014-04-15
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    House sales fell by 27% in Spain in February compared to 2013. Who said recovery? 07:07:48, 2014-04-10 I see Monarch was least punctual airline in 2013. 07:06:54, 2014-04-10 Lovely morning. Off for a little drive! 07:19:47, 2014-04-09 Another lovely morning. Possibly best time of the year for me. Was actually out at 5am walking Teo and it was lovely. 10:06:06, 2014-04-08 New vets opening in Almerimar next to Nautico in May from El Ejido 23:18:54, 2014-04-06 El Tuerto on beach open again. La Colletta in square opening soon 12:35:56, 2014-04-06
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Carchuna to Motril section of new motorway to Malaga has opened. 19:02:25, 2014-04-02 Pleasant day 09:15:27, 2014-03-30 Weather better after very wet morning but still damp and cold. Clocks go forward tonight. 19:49:16, 2014-03-29 Looking like another lovely day, although it is chilly in the evenings. 09:17:50, 2014-03-28
  • Almerimar Weekly Snippets

    Chris Marshall
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:00 am
    Oh joy here comes the wind again! 12:57:05, 2014-03-27 Much better morning. 09:13:51, 2014-03-27 Windy night. Has dropped a lot this morning but not looking great. 09:17:08, 2014-03-26 Wind is picking up 16:54:00, 2014-03-25 Weather looking good. 09:05:24, 2014-03-25 Don't forget clocks go forward this Saturday 08:10:02, 2014-03-25 Council conducting study to find area of beach to use for pets in summer. Driven by desire to satisfy tourists with pets, not locals! 19:33:23, 2014-03-24 Mercadon entrance by Porto Fino is closed now until they finish the upgrade 17:20:37, 2014-03-24 Alamos…
  • Alamos Malbec 2012

    Chris Marshall
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:10 am
    Alamos Malbec 2012 Not my usual wine being from Argentina but it was very pleasant and not too dissimilar to my usual Riberia
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    Catalonia Travel Blog

  • Pro-Russia separatists reject EU and US-brokered pact

    19 Apr 2014 | 1:48 am
    Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have declined to honour a peace deal brokered in Geneva by the EU and US with Russia. News from EUobserver
  • French politics: Vallsmania

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:17 am
    Valls ties the boss in knots WHEN President François Hollande chose Manuel Valls as his new prime minister, he took a big gamble. His hope was that some of the popularity of the tough-talking, action-man Socialist would rub off on him. Instead, the opposite seems to be happening. Mr Valls’s popularity rating, at 58%, is […]
  • Charlemagne: Russia’s friends in black

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    IF EUROPE’S far-right parties do as well as many expect in May’s European election, no world leader will be happier than Vladimir Putin. For a man who claims to be defending Russian-speakers in Ukraine against fascists and Nazis, the Russian president has some curious bedfellows on the fringes of European politics, ranging from the creepy […]
  • Ukraine and Russia: Wearily back to the battlefield

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    PETRO POROSHENKO, the front-runner in Ukraine’s presidential election, due on May 25th, exudes confidence. “There is no uncertainty. Ukraine will have free and fair elections and a strong legitimate president who will bring it closer to Europe. No Russian troops will cross the border.” His words are like psychotherapy. After a revolutionary winter, the overthrow […]
  • Spain’s recovery: Better but not best

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:43 am
    A TOLL road snakes west out of Madrid, offering a fast alternative to the jammed motorway alongside. Hailed a decade ago as a cure for congestion, the road’s operator is now likely to be nationalised, as are those running three other loss-making roads into the capital. This is expected to cost taxpayers some €2 billion […]
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    Lloret de Mar Stuff

  • A day at Hostalric near Lloret

    19 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    This Easter weekend Hostalric will be hosting its usual Easter Medieval Event when the town will be transported back to years gone by and resemble an 'Olde Worlde' village with market stalls of local made crafts and foods, entertainers and activities etc. With the fortress walls surrounding Hostalric and its tiny narrow streets it will surely be not too hard to imagine just how the village looked back in those medieval times!
  • Lloret de Mar by Night

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:56 am
     After yesterdays sports teams taking part in games on Lloret beach last nights pictures show a much more tranquil scene with the lights from the seafront stores, restaurants...and also an added bonus was the full moon we happened to catch while it was quite low in the sky! 
  • Fun & Games on the beach!

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
     Lloret beach yesterday is packed with all the sports teams in town just now, hundreds of students are taking part in the events and with this great weather we're having here it looks as though they're all having a fantastic time!
  • Palm Sunday in Blanes

    13 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Just a week to go before the busy Easter holiday period but already the resorts are very busy with holiday makers especially as today is Palm Sunday. Today we spent 3-4 hours in Blanes the next resort down the coast from Lloret where all along the seafront and around the harbour area was filled with families enjoying the warm weekend weather.
  • Lloret de Mar boat trips

    12 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    Taking the boat from Lloret de Mar beach is the easiest way to reach other nearby beaches along the coast. Travelling south from Lloret the first beach you will come to is Fenals, a small neighbourhood  with a few hotels, shops, bars and restaurants and a much relaxed atmosphere than Lloret de Mar. The next pull in for the boat is Santa Cristina beach, no shops here but a very nice beach bar and restaurant and if you walk up the sandy pathway you will reach the little church of 'Santa Cristina' alongside of which is  a statue of Santa Cristina herself the the patron saint of the…
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  • Pics of the week!

    13 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Here's a few pictures to show what's happening in this part of the world this week.Alcañiz high street was ablaze of colour this week as the trees blossomed.Along the camino this bug was making hard work for itself. I hope he turns out well.This afternoon the ermita looked splendid......and the first poppies are starting to appear. Also, I heard the first cuckoo of the year this morning!
  • Rosemary and Thyme

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    In actual fact the title should be, "Flowering gorse, rosemary and thyme." There could be a line of a song there! Rosemary and gorse are abundant along the camino......and there are small clumps of thyme flowering too.The trees are also at it with the pine trees and their fresh new growth......making a rather spectacular and colourful show.Isn't Spring wonderful?
  • The Medieval Market at Cretas

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    To see all the photos click HERE
  • A meal with visitors from overseas.

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The table is set and Margaret's table decoration is prepared.What better than to share a meal with friends.Joy's parents are visiting from England......and Floyd's sister and her daughter have come across from the U.S.A.And so finally we come to the end of a great week of celebrations for Margaret's birthday!
  • A birthday treat

    4 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    The day started with a visit to one of our favourite small towns, Morella, where we had a light lunch. Morella is across the province border in Valencia.From there we headed west and back over the border into Teruel to Cantavieja which is around 1,310 metres above sea level......passing very large flocks of sheep and herds of goats on the way. They don't seem to mind the colder weather at this altitude.We arrived at Hotel Balfagon and checked in to our room,......had our relaxing spa, steam sauna followed by a back and leg massage......and then a bottle of Cava and some chocolates in our…
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    Spanish Teaching

  • Teaching Spanish - Follow Your Nose

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One of the issues that arises in the study of NLP (we discussed this subject a few months ago regarding the communication technique known as Nuero-linguistic programming) can actually help us discover a way to more effectively communicate with whom we are speaking to. The idea is that we should align our speech in accordance with the communication “preferences” of our conversation partner; these preferences can be visual, auditory or kinesthetic. If we succeed in finding these preferences, we can employ a better and more compelling discourse using those linguistic elements favored by our…
  • Difficult Topics in Language Classes

    9 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With the arrival of Semana Santa (Easter Week) cultural issues come up in the Spanish as a foreign language class that usually derive from a lack of information that students have about Spanish religious traditions. I am Spanish, but I imagine that something similar happens in Mexico with the “Día de Muertos” (Day of the Dead) and likewise in every other Hispanic country.The first question that students ask, especially in cities where the processions are accompanied by penitents wearing striking-pointy nosed helmets, is the following: Why are so many Spanish people in the Ku-klux-klan? I…
  • Octavio Paz - A 100 Years Go By in a Flash

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    This week, don Octavio Paz will turn one century old. I mean, he would be that old if cancer hadn’t decided to take him to Mount Olympus of the gods in April of 1998, converting him into an immortal. If he had died just five days later, his exit from this world would have coincided with that of Cervantes and Shakespeare (the date that has been established as World Book Day, and whether or not the date is accurate, as my Italian friend Alessandro would say, “si non è vero, è ben trovato”)Octavio Paz is a an extraordinary figure who stands as a beacon of inspiration in the tradition of…
  • Spanish Stereotypes: Ocho apellidos vascos

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I assume that all teachers of Spanish as a foreign language, or all teachers of any language for that matter, feel quite pleased when they come across relevant material they can use in the classroom. We’re constantly on the hunt for that perfect article, song, or movie to include in our language lessons.That’s why a few years ago, six to be exact, when the French film phenomenon Bienvenue chez les Ch’Tis came out, French teachers were delighted to have new teaching material endorsed by the sheer number of its viewers; Bienvenue broke just about every box office record in France. The…
  • Cultural Differences - Parts of the Day

    19 Mar 2014 | 5:00 pm
    One issue that often comes up when understanding and appreciating cultural differences in the classroom is Spain’s daily schedule, which often doesn’t coincide with that of other countries.To start with it is interesting to remember that Spain finds itself “outside” of the appropriate time zone that would correspond with its longitude, since the vast majority of the country is situated west of the prime meridian. Spain should be “synchronized” with Britain or Portugal, but it is not. Do you know why?Spain's Time ZoneA little bit of history: in 1940, just after the end of the…
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  • 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:24 am
    Religious or just “cultural“, anxious spectators prepare for the 2014 Semana Santa Madrid Holy Week Processions – and everyone hopes the weather cooperates. The majority of onlookers of the seemingly countless Holy Week Processions in Madrid are people of faith, but many attend for the spectacle of slow-moving, flower-and-candle-covered, band-following floats of religious symbols like the Virgin Mary (of which there are countless) and Jesus Christ (sometimes on the Cross and other times laying down). Still others go just because everyone else is going. And finally, others…
  • Assimilate or Perish as an Expatriate in Spain

    22 Jan 2014 | 2:34 am
    If you’re in an environment created by you, like your own house where you control everything, be happy as a hermit crab. But if you live outside in the real world, be prepared for things that rock your psychological boat, things that make you nauseous. Moving to another country can often make foreigners somewhat nauseous, perplexed, and oftentimes downright angry. Said another way, it’s one thing to “go with the flow” and another thing to “make waves because you don’t like the water“. (huh?!?!) If you don’t like the water, stay on the beach and…
  • Madrid Tours with MadridMan

    13 Jan 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Tour Madrid with MadridMan! MadridMan®, an American expatriate and Spanish resident, offers 2 to 2.5-hour walking tours of Old Madrid via Discover the hidden corners of Madrid and learn of Spain’s capital city’s colorful and often bloody past. We’ll visit Madrid’s principal plazas and walk through its narrow, Old Town pedestrian streets. You’ll learn of its Roman, Arab, & Christian roots as well as Madrid’s current-day customs and lifestyle. I assure you, it’s not all wine and siestas! But this isn’t your ordinary…
  • 2013 Spain’s Christmas Lottery El Gordo

    20 Dec 2013 | 9:12 am
    They say Spain’s annual Christmas Lottery is the richest in the world, distributing more than 2 Billion Euros, or 3 Billion U.S. Dollars, all taking place this coming Sunday, 22nd of December. TVE1 coverage starts at 8am and the whole lottery drawing process can last until 11:30am. While 2 Billion Euros are handed out, it’s a very broad dispersment. The BIG prize, “El Gordo“, will carry a grand prize of 4 Billion Euros – if you hold all 10-tickets in the series. Tickets are sold in “décimos“, or “one-tenths“, so if you bought just one of…
  • No More Self-Serve Olive Oil Dispensers in Spain

    15 Dec 2013 | 3:41 am
    In many ways Spain is still a very quaint country, retains many old-world charms, and puts higher value on quality of life rather than the quantity of life or the size of your bank account. But this is sadly changing. Little by little, Spain is becoming more homogenized with the rest of Europe and the world, and is not-so-slowly losing its identity. Young people no longer listen to flamenco music. American TV series, Hollywood movies, and US-made music dominate the media. Only a small percentage of Spaniards are practicing Catholics. Some might argue it’s about time that Spain drag…
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    Barcepundit (English edition)

  • 15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am

    José M. Guardia
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    BRACE YOURSELVES: China Property Collapse Has Begun.
  • 14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am

    José M. Guardia
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    NO, France Did Not Make It Illegal To Answer Work Emails After 6 P.M.
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    José M. Guardia
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    YOU BET: “Alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates and sweets - The secrets of a long life?”However, some of the examples given of people who quit those habits at a very advanced age and then suddenly died doesn't mean that those habits were protecting them from dying, mind you. They were of a very advanced age and —excuse the bluntness— their time had come anyway,. But the article's underlying thesis is still valid: that those things are not as bad as told (plus drinking might even be doing you good, if at moderate dosage).In any case, booze, cigs and chocolate perhaps don't increase your…
  • 9 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am

    José M. Guardia
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    JON LOVETT'S piece on 'the culture of shut up' is a must-read:I don’t want those voices to drown out the diverse and compelling voices that now have a better chance of making it in front of us than ever before—even as we still have a ways to go. And what I think we have to do, then, to protect this new wonderful thing of ‘a good idea can come from anyone anywhere’—is we need to stop telling each other to shut up. We need to get comfortable with the reality that no one is going to shut up. You aren’t going to shut up. I’m not going to shut up. The idiots aren’t going to shut…
  • 9 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am

    José M. Guardia
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    EXODUS: The Search for Affordable Housing Is Pushing the Middle Class to the Exurbs.
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  • Madrid Zoo's Baby Panda VIDEO

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Madrid Zoo's baby panda has been seen in public for the first time. The seven-month-old 15kg fluffy guy, named Xing Bao, came out at a ceremony for the Chinese Ambassador to Spain. Madrid's Zoo is in the Casa del Campo, the large park to the west of Madrid....Read Full Post
  • What's the Most Photographed Sight in Spain?

    6 Apr 2014 | 6:59 am
    What do you think is the most popular place in Spain to be snapped by tourists? La Sagrada Familia? Or Las Ramblas? Or maybe it's not in Barcelona - could it be the Alhambra...Read Full Post
  • April and May in Spain

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:33 am
    Spain is warming up and with that comes some of the country's hottest festivals and celebrations. April is dominated by Semana Santa, or Holy Week, Spain's version of Easter. But there's also the Barcelona Beer Festival, the Festimad music festival in Madrid and Murcia's Spring Festival....Read Full Post
  • AVE Trains: Wifi and Silent Carriage Coming Soon!

    26 Mar 2014 | 10:32 pm
    RENFE, the Spanish rail company, has announced a series of improvements to their AVE high-speed train service. In the near future, their services from Madrid to Barcelona, Madrid to Seville and other AVE routes in Spain will have the following services:...Read Full Post
  • Good Beer in Madrid?

    23 Mar 2014 | 10:59 pm
    What is the most popular drink in bars in Spain? Is it good Spanish wine? No, it's beer. And, unsurprisingly, it's bad beer. I don't mean to single out Spanish beer drinking here: in my extensive bar stool observations around the world I have come to the conclusion that the only country where the most popular beer is one of their best beers is the Czech Republic. Yes, I'm looking at you Belgium, Germany, United Kingdom and United States: you all make really good beer, but you unfortunately don't drink nearly enough of your good stuff....Read Full Post
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  • En marcha un proyecto para imprimir toda la Wikipedia

    Marcos Merino
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Pedia Press es una compañía alemana dedicada al desarrollo de software libre y a la impresión bajo demanda. Dentro de este último campo, ofrece un servicio online para crear libros personalizados a partir de contenido de una plataforma wiki. Desde 2007 es, además, socio de la Fundación Wikimedia, impulsora de la Wikipedia y del software en que se basa, MediaWiki (para el que Pedia Press desarrolló una extensión que permite exportar colecciones de artículos a PDF, DocBook y otros formatos). Y a esta misma fundación van destinadas el 10% de las ganancias de cada libro que venden.
  • Las claves de la compra de Longreads por los dueños de

    Marcos Merino
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Hoy estamos muy contentos de anunciar que hemos adquirido Longreads, el servicio pionero para ayudar a los lectores a encontrar y compartir las mejores lecturas de larga extensión del momento, para su lectura en dispositivos móviles”. Así comenzaba el post de en el que Automattic, la empresa propietaria de este portal (y del software de código abierto en que se basa) anunciaba hace unos días que se seguía expandiendo en el sector de gestión de contenidos online con la compra del servicio creado por Mark Armstrong en Oakland (California) allá por 2009…
  • El futuro del Internet de las cosas (infografía)

    Iván Durán
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    El “Internet de las Cosas” es una tendencia imparable. En menos de 10 años, auguran los analistas, el acceso a la red no solo será un uso exclusivo de los smartphones, tabletas u ordenadores, sino  también de otros dispositivos de cualquier tipo, desde el coche a la nevera, pasando por la televisión y múltiples sensores de las ciudades, que también accederán y enviarán datos a la Red de redes En la siguiente infografía realizada por Xively podemos atisbar cómo será la evolución del “Internet de las Cosas” de aquí a 2020. Además, aporta datos interesantes procedentes de…
  • Nace Grams, el Google de los “mercados negros” de la Darknet

    Elías Notario
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    Si decimos Internet, a todos se nos vienen a la cabeza palabras como libre, público o universal. Tiene sentido, porque esas son algunas de sus principales características. Sin embargo realmente no existe un “sólo Internet” ya que el medio está formado por muchos diferentes, por redes de usuarios, contenidos e información con características distintas a las que tiene lo que comúnmente se entiende por Internet. Por ejemplo tenemos la Darknet, una de las subredes que opera aparte de las públicas en la cual acaba de nacer Grams, una especie de Google limitado gracias al que navegar…
  • Visitas guiadas por drones

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    El último guía personal vuela a pocos metros del suelo, utiliza GPS y sensores de posicionamiento, responde a llamadas telefónicas, te espera si te retrasas en tu ruta y por supuesto te habla. Llamado de forma muy acertada como SkyCall, es uno de los últimos experimentos en los que se encuentra trabajando el equipo del prolífico y sorprendente SENSEable City Lab del MIT, dirigido por el italiano Carlo Ratti. A través de Skycall los estudiantes pueden, como muestra el vídeo, encontrar la ruta hacia su destino sin desorientarse por el Campus del MIT, que es en palabras de uno de los…
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    Spanish Property News

  • 350,000 Temporary Contracts Expected Over Easter and May Holidays

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over Semana Santa (Easter holiday week) and the May bank holiday more than 350,000 temporary employment contracts are expected to be generated in Spain, according to forecasts from human resources company, Randstad. The regions of Catalonia, Madrid, Murcia and Andalusia are predicted to register the highest number of contracts in April and May, with more […]
  • Number of Completed Homes Finally Showing Signs of Stabilisation

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Stability in the real estate market appears to be getting closer every day, at least in respect to residential construction. This is evidenced by data from the Ministry of Development which shows that 4,735 properties were completed during the first month of 2014, which is virtually the same figure as for the same month of […]
  • In 2013 Credit Fell Least in Catalonia, Galicia and Navarra

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The credit granted in Spain by banks to households and businesses fell last year by 9.5%, to 1.4 billion euros, but in some regions, such as Catalonia, Navarra and Galicia, this decrease was less pronounced. Specifically, according to data compiled by the Spanish international news agency, Efe, the volume of loans to the private sector […]
  • Foreign Real Estate Investment in 2013 Highest in 9 Years

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The volume of foreign investment in real estate in Spain rose in 2013 for the fourth consecutive year, to a total of 6,453 million euros, the highest amount recorded in the last nine years, and 16% higher than a year earlier. The increase in funds allocated to purchasing property in Spain by foreign nationals contrasts […]
  • Spain Receives 40% More Cruise Passengers to February

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    According to data from the Spanish Ports of State, the number of cruise passengers docking at Spanish ports surged by 39.62% in the first two months of the year, to a total of 838,117 cruise passengers. In February, the Spanish ports received a total of 382 vessels, an increase of 19.38%, or 62 more ships […]
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    The Spain Scoop | Traveling in Spain / Stay in Spain | Blogs About Spain | Spain Festivals | Culture Spain

  • Seville: Nice to Meet You!

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    ‘Sevilla Mola’ translates to ‘Seville is cool’. We agree! By Regina Winkle-Bryan Nancy and I started The Spain Scoop in 2008. Over the years we’ve collaborated with many talented writers based all over Spain. Zach of Not Hemingway’s Spain, Liz of Young Adventuress, Christine of Christine In Spain, Lauren of Spanish Sabores and Madrid Food Tour, Julie of Guiri Girl In Barca, Chris C of Barcelona for Idiots…the list goes on and on. Street musician in Seville. Working with these expats was an unexpected perk for us, as we didn’t imagine collaboration when we…
  • What Happens at Easter in Tenerife?

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:23 pm
    Floral art- Guia de Isora A look at Spring Break and traditional Easter celebrations on the Canary Islands in Spain. By Linda Wainwright As dusk begins to fall, the only sounds along the crowded, but strangely silent, streets are the clanging of chains and the sombre thump of a regular drumbeat. This is not the Eastertide in Tenerife that the thousands of tourists, who flock here for respite from northern winters, see, but it is hugely important to Canarians, whose traditions and customs are so closely tied to religion. Those chains are tied around the ankles of some of the penitents taking…
  • The Feria de Abril: A Step by Step Guide to Preparing for Seville’s Biggest Fête

    25 Mar 2014 | 11:52 pm
    Dancing during the April Fair in Seville Get ready to party like a local in Seville, with Cat’s savvy tips on the city’s April Fair! By Cat Gaa During 51 long weeks of the year, the lot just south of the Los Remedios neighborhood is dormant and hardly imaginable as the location of one of Seville’s biggest parties, the Feria de Abril. Held each year two weeks after Easter, it can only be characterized as a festival full of all things Andalusian – sherry, horses, and flamenco. For locals, it’s highly anticipated. For travelers, it’s a chance to see Andalusian culture on…
  • The Best La Gomera Beaches

    17 Mar 2014 | 11:04 pm
      Playa Santiago Almost deserted on a warm winter day We follow local expert Linda Wainwright to La Gomera’s best beaches. By Linda Wainwright La Gomera is the second smallest of the Canary Islands, a stunningly beautiful, tranquil place. The words “magical” and “spiritual” are often used to describe it. Unlike some of its sister islands, what it is not famous for, is its beaches. So it may seem a bit odd to write about the island’s best beaches. That’s because the mainstream media concentrate on white sand beaches, with mojitos on tap. That’s not what La Gomera’s…
  • Maria Takes Us To La Boqueria Market, Barcelona

    10 Mar 2014 | 11:35 pm
    Adri and Reg making romesco sauce. To be perfectly honest, I was not that excited to meet at La Boqueria, Barcelona’s most famous market on La Rambla, at 9:30am for a tour. La Boqueria is a ‘must’ for most visitors, which means it’s crowded. Our tour was on a Saturday, which is the big shopping day for locals, and that added to my concern about heaving throngs and long lines. It turns out that very few people go shopping at 9:00am. I guess I never noticed this, not being much of an early-riser on Saturdays. Our small group of five (four ‘students’ and one chef) moved easily…
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    Ronda, the City of Dreams in Andalusia, Southern Spain

  • Ronda Walk to the Virgen de la Cabeza Cave Church

    Ronda Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    One of Ronda's more popular short walks takes you to the ancient cave church, the Virgen de la Cabeza from where spectacular views of Ronda can be seen
  • Puente Nuevo and El Tajo Gorge

    Ronda Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    The El Tajo gorge divides Ronda in two, and at nearly 200m at it's deepest, only the tall Puente Nuevo bridge was ever going to stand the tests of time and make it possible for people to cross.
  • Plaza de Toros (Bullring)

    Ronda Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    One of the largest and oldest bullrings in the world, the Ronda bullring is famous for the Romero and Ordoñez dynasties and the museum to bullfighting.
  • Ronda, the city of dreams

    Ronda Today
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:53 am
    Welcome to one of Spain’s most visited cities (and for good reason.) Our little city is very compact and in fact from arriving in Ronda, to seeing the Real Maestranza bullring, the Puente Nuevo and El Tajo gorge, the many beautiful churches, our museums, or the wonderful coffee shops and tapas bars, we have it […]
  • Chicken Paella Recipe with Iberian Ham

    Ronda Today
    29 May 2013 | 1:02 pm
    This chicken paella recipes is a personal favourite of mine, a paella made with chicken and Iberian ham. It's quick and easy, super tasty, and perfect for small gatherings.
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    The Cheap In Madrid BlogThe Cheap In Madrid Blog

  • Domingueando por Lavapiés: Esta es una plaza

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Un domingo cualquiera sales a pasear por Lavapiés y sin esperarlo, apareces en una plaza. Pero no en una plaza cualquiera. Esta es una plaza nace en 2008 como un proyecto de autogestión vecinal del solar urbano de la calle Doctor Fourquet nº 24, y desde entonces, ha sido el lugar de encuentro para la […]
  • Must-Visit Museums with Free Entrance

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Must-Visit Museums with Free Entrance The following museums have free entrance on the indicated days: Museo del Prado:        Museo del Prado is one of the top 11 museums in the world. It features the most significant collection of Spanish art as well as other gems from all over Europe. It was inaugurated in the 19th […]
  • Centro El Horno: Fitness & Leisure Studios

    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Centro El Horno is a leisure and fitness center where you can find everything you’re looking for. With more than 60 different activities including classes of international dance, relaxation, and martial arts, El Horno offers something for everyone. They also have a weight room, aerobic classes, and a massage room. Even more, it’s a meeting […]
  • 10 Free Plans for 16 – 30 April

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:13 am
    Horror Terror El mariscal del infierno La marca del hombre lo
  • Don’t miss out on Madrid’s Easter Week Activities!

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Don’t miss out on Madrid’s Easter Week Activities! This week is Holy Week, which is a big event in Spain. Since most people take vacation time, half the city clears out. For those of you that will be staying here, you’ll get to enjoy the festivities without big crowds, which is a welcome relief. There […]
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    Houses for Sale in Spain

  • Some Excellent Rentals in Valencia and Around

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:49 am
    Some of our clients have bought properties recently and have now put them up for rental. We also have some properties for rental that provide excellent places to live while you settle down in Valencia or to take on a rental with option to buy. We can negotiate contract terms and lengths on the majority of these properties and as there is such a wide variety we should have something that suits you. Take a look at a few of them.
  • The Four Horsemen Post… From the Spanish Property Network

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    We posted a very popular post on the Spanish Property Blog last week.Titled "The Four Horsemen of the Spanish Property Apocalypse". Within it we explained how to get a bargain in Spain without going to a bank for their rather badly located properties. Take a look and if you have any questions just ask. When you are looking for a property as a buyer you are obviously looking for a bargain that suits your requirements. Those requirements will be exclusive to you, ie different from anyone else, but you can almost guarantee that the property you buy will have many of the characteristics that…
  • Valencia Region Sales To Foreigners For 2013

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    It is a well known fact that sales of property in Spain are at historically low figures at the moment when compared with other years. However the figures themselves are skewed somewhat by the fact that they do not tend to distinguish between the diminished internal demand (due to lack of credit and the ongoing crisis meaning that Spain has effectively been in a crushing recession since 2007) and the soaring international demand for Spanish property that has now reached or even exceded 2007 levels in many areas due to the low prices, favourable exchange rate and the fact that many other…
  • Valencia Property is Broken (Temporarily)

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    22 Mar 2014 | 3:19 pm
    My main site for properties in Valencia is currently down It has been down for two days which is extremely annoying too. Therefore let me just direct you temporarily to even if you are looking for property in Valencia. All our properties are there and of course you have a greater choice from around Spain too.
  • Rental With an Option To Buy? No Thanks, Not Usually

    Houses For Sale In Spain
    13 Mar 2014 | 6:14 am
    When you are moving to Spain you have three options really for your accommodation (or four if you bring a tent); 1) Purchase a property 2) Rent a property 3) Rent a property with a purchase option The first option is fine, the second suits a lot of people too but the third presents problems peculiar to this type of contract and make coming to an agreement that suits both parties rather difficult at times. Let's look at the issues that can come up:
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    Homage to BCN

  • BCN Type

    Rob (H2BCN)
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:43 am
    Read 'BCN Type' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website BCN Type in progress I know, you’re wondering whether this has turned into a site about type after last weeks Barcelona font post. But this one I couldn’t resist. From the hand of German born, but Spanish influenced, Simón Prades, comes BCN Type. Grungy, futuristic lettering inspired by Barcelona’s famous grid system. Simon says about the project: I wanted to combine 3 things I really love in this project: architectural drawing, typography and the city of Barcelona (which is the hometown of my ancestors). The…
  • A Barcelona Font

    Rob (H2BCN)
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    Read 'A Barcelona Font' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website This is a bit of a geeky post but what the hell. I love Barcelona. And I love typography. So what better than a Barcelona font! It’s not really a font as such but one that’s certainly in the same vein as the classic dingbat font, Microsoft’s Wingdings. A collection of little images related to Barcelona that you can download for free and use in any project you wish. There’s even a little caga tió! I hope you find a use for them. Barcelona city icons compiled and vectorized by WOODCUTTER Liked this…
  • 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]

    Rob (H2BCN)
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    Read '10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website I came across this great infographic the other day from the guys at Apartment Barcelona. Unlike most of these kind of things there was actually some stuff I didn’t know! So I thought I’d share it. Did you know about all these things? 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona [Infographic]Source: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Barcelona. Liked this post? I would very much appreciate you sharing it with your friends :) Share: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About…
  • Barcelona with Kids

    Emily Davies
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Read 'Barcelona with Kids' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website Article by Emily Davies, Barcelona Travel Expert for The city of Barcelona is a wonderful choice for fun-packed things to do with kids. There are so many fabulous child-friendly activities, from interactive museums to theme parks and nature reserves, that you are spoilt for choice. With this in mind, here are my top five attractions in Barcelona that you and your kids will love. 1. Barcelona Zoo Barcelona Zoo is home to an impressive array of beautiful and exotic animal species. Zoo highlights include the…
  • Natura Barcelona – Pau’s done it again!

    Rob (H2BCN)
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:34 am
    Read 'Natura Barcelona – Pau’s done it again!' in all it's glory on the Homage to BCN website You know the score by now. Barcelona. Time-lapse video with tilt-shift photography (though not as much this time). And great editing and music. From Pau García Laita creator of Summer Barcelona (with 411k plays on Vimeo) and Midnight Barcelona (305k plays) is the new time-lapse film Natura Barcelona. We love a drone – as long as they’re not spying on you – and this time Pau uses them to great effect to capture the city. So switch to full screen, sit back, relax…
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    Real Estate News - Marbella, Spain

  • Taylor Wimpey´s New Apartments Horizon Beach La Galera

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:39 am
    AWARD WINNING UK property developer Taylor Wimpey is launching a fresh £10 million project on the Costa del Sol this month. The La Galera development, in Estepona, is going to consist of thirty six luxury homes and is due to be formally launched with an opening on April 30th. Taylor Wimpey has constructed over two, 500 homes in España over the last fifteen years, as well as Los Arqueros Golf, in near  Benahavis. “Estepona is a perfect location for further investment,” stated Ignacio Oslé, regional director in Andalucia. “We want to thank Estepona town hall for their support in…
  • Property sales increased more in Marbella last year than anywhere else in Spain

    18 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    The property market in Marbella is recovering and the town is now showing signs of being a leader in this sector. This emblematic town on the Costa del Sol ended last year with a total of 3,115 property sales , a figure which is similar to that of 2007, before the bubble burst. In terms of total figures, Marbella is now in a similar position to Malaga city, where the recovery in the property market has failed to take off and the number of sales has fallen for three consecutive years. The results for property transactions last year, which have just been released by the Ministry of Development,…
  • New expat residents association launches in Estepona

    18 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    AN EXPAT residents association has been launched in Estepona, which will fight the corner of the town’s large number of foreign residents. The Associacion de Residentes Extranjeros de Municipio de Estepona (AREME) will speak on behalf of its members with public institutions, with the aim of improving services and provisions in Estepona. It already boasts one coup, successfully reinstating the local bus service. AREME has been given official approval by the Junta de Andalucia as a non-political and non-profit enterprise. The group has arranged a quarterly meeting with the councillor for…
  • Mini housing boom in Malaga’s ‘Golden Triangle’

    17 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    LUXURY housing in Malaga’s so-called ‘Golden Triangle’ is leading the way in the resurrection of the construction industry. The ‘Golden Triangle’, made up of Marbella, Estepona and Benahavis, is seeing an increase in both the sales of homes and in the construction of luxury housing. During January and February of this year, Marbella Town Hall has seen an increase of 20% in the licences for luxury homes. So far the town hall has authorised licences for 18 new housing projects with a combined worth of over €9million. If construction carries on at this pace, the number of projects…
  • Spanish market offers bargain basement homes

    17 Mar 2014 | 2:02 am
    ALMOST one third of Spanish houses are on the market for less than €100,000. The number of houses sold at that price or less over the past 12 months is even higher -around 64% – according to property site The figure has surged from 2.9% before the onset of the economic crisis and ensuing collapse of the real estate market. A staggering 68% of houses in Sevilla were sold for less than €100,000 in 2013. The average property is a three room flat, 83 square meters in size, located in middle class areas of towns and cities. These properties have lost around 48% of their market…
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    Welcome to our Family Life in Spain

  • Cooking with Languages: We’re so excited!

    Lisa Sadleir
    9 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    We are really excited to share our new Cooking with Languages project with you. It is still very early days but thanks to our wonderful new illustrator, Sol Muniain, we can now see our ideas coming to life. As you know, we are true believers that learning languages is a fundamental part of our children’s ... More → The post Cooking with Languages: We’re so excited! appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Do what you love. Love what you do.

    Lisa Sadleir
    31 Mar 2014 | 7:31 am
    If you are a regular follower of our blog, you will know that I am passionate about our family life in Spain. I thrive on learning through the eyes of our children. I have an insatiable thirst for learning and for sharing what we learn. I spend lots of time investigating new ways to educate ... More → The post Do what you love. Love what you do. appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • New Traffic Laws in Spain: March 2014

    Lisa Sadleir
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:02 am
    There are regularly new traffic laws in Spain. As the guardia civil (traffic police) are tightening their belts, many people are receiving unexpected traffic fines. Foreigners are often totally unaware that they are breaking any traffic laws until they are stopped and fined. (Read our old post on the Spanish Traffic Laws Lottery HERE) In ... More → The post New Traffic Laws in Spain: March 2014 appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • School Holiday Activities Malaga: Planeta Explora

    Lisa Sadleir
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:02 am
    Who isn’t always on the look out for school holiday activities in Malaga for the children? Not only do we have the longest ever summer holidays, (although they do seem to fly by!), we also have an extra exclusive Malaga only week “Semana Blanca“, shortly before the Easter holidays of “Semana Santa”. This Semana Blanca ... More → The post School Holiday Activities Malaga: Planeta Explora appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
  • Where to live in Spain: Living in Seville v Antequera

    Lisa Sadleir
    9 Feb 2014 | 5:51 am
    Living in Seville versus Antequera: Comparing the South’s Biggest City to its Most Centrical  If you are thinking of moving to Spain and wondering where to live in Spain , it is always interesting to hear what other expats living in Spain have to say about areas they have lived in. In this article, Cat ... More → The post Where to live in Spain: Living in Seville v Antequera appeared first on Welcome to our Family Life in Spain.
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    Barcelona Travel Blog - Attractions & Things to do in Barcelona

  • Take your Love to Spain’s Barcelona during St George’s Day

    Dave Meler
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    St. Jordi is Catalunya’s version of Valentine’s day and is a one day festival of romance, roses and books all inspired by the legend of Saint George on 23rd April every year. “Once upon a time, a terrible dragon terrorized … Continue reading →
  • Alimentaria 2014

    Dave Meler
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:04 am
    International, professional, specialised, global and innovative; this sums up Alimentaria, one of the most important food and beverage shows in the world. From March 31st to April 3rd 2014, Alimentaria will be an international business centre for all food and … Continue reading →
  • Useful information about Barcelona

    Dave Meler
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:21 am
    Barcelona is in the north-east of Spain. It is very well connected by land and air, and, being on the Mediterranean coast, also by sea. As regards the main Spanish cities, it is 621 kilometers from Madrid, 620 from Bilbao, 349 … Continue reading →
  • Three of the best places to enjoy Carnival in Spain

    Dave Meler
    26 Feb 2014 | 6:09 am
    Every year, crowds of people come to experience this fiesta where everything is allowed and you have only one obligation: to have fun. Jueves Lardero or Fat Tuesday, marks the beginning of carnival with a huge celebration of local dishes … Continue reading →
  • Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

    Dave Meler
    18 Feb 2014 | 2:11 am
    If you’re a lover of the mobile industry, you won’t want to miss the world’s premier mobile industry event. The best place to see new products, technologies and services will take place from 24th to 27th February 2014. The event … Continue reading →
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    Andalucia Blog 2014

  • Advertising Your Andalucia Business

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:50 am
    Advertising for and on Andalucia for holidays. Are you looking to promote your holiday business in Andalucia, Southern Spain, promote your business here by press trip or advertising
  • Flamenco Ballet

    4 Feb 2014 | 1:29 am
    Ballet Flamenco de Andalucía presenta En la memoria del cante: 1922 Teatro Municipal - Maestro Álvarez Alonso 8 de febrero de 2014 21,00 horas Patio de butacas: 15€ (anticipada: 12 €) Anfiteatro: 10€ (anticipada: 8€) Venta anticipada de entradas: Casa Municipal de Cultura Francisco Delicado ÁREA DE CULTURA EXCMO. AYUNTAMIENTO DE MARTOS
  • WAM - The World Around Me Travel App

    7 Jan 2014 | 8:52 am
    The World Around Me - WAM - is the new location based App that can help you find what you're looking for be it a restaurant, bank, bar or pub, cafe, petrol station, hotel, museum or specialist shop you can 'WAM' it with just one tap on your phone the world is at your fingertips. Find the nearest bar or hotel with images and information. Just point your phone down the street and discover the places of interest there. This is real up-to-date travel information at your fingertips wherever you are in the world, searching for whatever you need to find. If you've just arrived in a town and want to…
  • The Dolmens in Antequera

    21 Dec 2013 | 8:29 am
    The Junta de Andalucia is asking that the dolmens in Antequera are accepted as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The dolmens, megalithic tombs, date from the early Neolithic period (4000 to 3000 BC). Dolmens were usually covered with earth or smaller stones although the coverings often get worn away. Luciano Alonso, the Councillor for Culture, said that the process which began in the 1980s is now going ahead but it could be slow as only two sites can be presented every year. There are three dolmens in Antequera, Menga, Viera and El Romeral which means that it is the most important megalithic…
  • Cursos de Ingles

    7 Dec 2013 | 6:04 am
    Cursos de Ingles un curso de inmersion, un fin de semana hablando solo en ingles con nativos en pequenos grupos, cursos intensivos de hablar ingles en Jaen, Espana. Ven pratique y mejorar su ingles
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    Spanish Fiestas

  • What Everybody Should Know Before Touring Spain

    Gerry Kerkhof
    31 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    When I first started driving people around Spain I was often asked questions by first time visitors regarding quite general matters related to Spanish geography, the economy, where people live, what they do, etc. In this article I’ve put together some general information about Spain that’s well worth checking out before you visit. One question […]
  • Spanish Football Debt | Racing Santander We Salute You

    Gerry Kerkhof
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    For those of you following La Liga from outside Spain you can be forgiven for believing that everything’s rosy on the pitches and terraces at the Bernabeu, Nou Camp, Mestalla and Vicente Calderon to name but a few. As the Spanish national team finally realised their destiny by winning the World Cup and two European […]
  • Most Annoying Hidden Costs of Car Hire

    Gerry Kerkhof
    20 Mar 2014 | 8:23 am
    In a recent blog post I announced that Economy Car Hire had been selected by Which? as the top car hire broker and provided a summary of points as to why they are so highly regarded. This led to huge feedback from our newsletter subscribers, many of them telling me about their dreadful experiences with […]
  • Which is the Best Car Hire Broker?

    Gerry Kerkhof
    10 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Anyone who is subscribed to my newsletter or follows us in the social media will know that I’ve long been a big fan of Economy Car Hire. Now I’ve just learned that I’m in good company as the UK consumer association, Which?, has just named them as the top car hire broker for the second […]
  • Play the Spanish Christmas Lottery

    Gerry Kerkhof
    12 Dec 2013 | 3:23 am
    December 22nd is a very special day on every Spanish family’s calendar. It’s the day of the Christmas lottery which is better known worldwide as ‘El Gordo’ … the fat one! The total prize money to be shared out in this month’s draw is €2.24 billion and thanks to a 15% chance of winning some […]
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    How To Speak Catalan

  • One Rule To Unlock Many Catalan Words: -ity / -itat

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    One Rule To Unlock Many Catalan Words: -ity / -itat                                                Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'This is a great shortcut for learning just one rule to unlock a ton of Catalan vocabulary.There are certain word types in English that you can recognise because they always have the same prefix or suffix (the beginning or end of a word).For example, you can recognise a lot of nouns by their endings '-ity' -…
  • Catalan: Learning a Phrase is as Easy as a Word

    9 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Catalan: Learning a Phrase is as Easy as a Word Pointillism - easier to understand the whole than the parts                                                        Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'Our brains work in a curiously efficient way. They can chunk discreet bits of information together and treat that chunk as just one bit of information.Think about it: the word 'Hello' we treat as one thing, not as…
  • Label your Home with Catalan Words

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
                                                         Label your home with Catalan words                                                        Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'Be the master of your own environment. Put post-its on everyday items all around your home (not your cat,…
  • Weave Catalan Seamlessly into your Life

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:14 am
    Weave Catalan Seamlessly into your Life                                                        Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'Check out the link to this great free Google Chrome extension that translates random words to Catalan while you are browsing the web (link at bottom).Because the Catalan words are surrounded by English words, it allows you to guess, in context, what the word is.You can set the…
  • The Key to Catalan Pronunciation

    8 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    The Key to Catalan Pronunciation                                                    Resources to Learn Catalan for Free Online with 'How To Speak Catalan'You need to know instantly how a Catalan word is pronounced when you see it written down. And I mean separately from knowing it's actual meaning. It's the key to unlocking everything else you learn.Below I've put a link to a clear, attractive guide to pronunciation that I found. But to be honest, I only…
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