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TEDx Marbella: a surefire success

Monday, March 11th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_10032" align="aligncenter" width="550" caption="Members of the andalucia.com team at TEDx Marbella"] [/caption] GUEST BLOG: by CHRIS CHAPLOW Photos by Fredy Torra and Michelle Chaplow I don’t remember how I first heard about TED, the movement which brings together eminent speakers with ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’, about five years ago - perhaps I just ...

The power of giving

Monday, October 15th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8363" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Operacion Kilo aims to collect 4.5 million kilos of food this year in Seville."][/caption] From time to time, I used to notice collections of food at the entrance to my local Carrefour supermarket. They would collect kilo bags of sugar, rice, lentils or other basic foodstuffs, to ...

15M goes global

Monday, October 17th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4113" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Demonstrators in Seville earlier this year."][/caption] Although I wasn't around to witness it myself (pressing prior social engagement), the indignados were back on the street again on Saturday - 15 October, following the lead of the original 15M (15 mayo) group who started the famous sit-in in ...

All change in the Catholic church?

Monday, February 7th, 2011

If you've ever been in Sevilla for Semana Santa , you'll know that it's a pretty extraordinary experience: life-size Mary and Jesus statues being carried slowly, wobblingly slightly as they go, along packed streets, preceded by hooded, robed figures, accompanied by mournful music, and watched adoringly by hordes of the ...

A fine work-life balance – for men

Monday, January 31st, 2011

One thing which no expat living in Andalucia, or Spain, can fail to notice, is the difference in the roles of the sexes here, as compared to most northern European countries. Women are (generally) the ones who cook and take care of the children. I nearly fell off the ...

Stolen Babies

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

There is a new scandal which is slowly coming to light here in Spain. Last year, there were a few stories in the press on the subject; now, there is a flood, with newspaper and TV reports appearing daily. Today, it reached the Fiscal General (Attorney General)'s office, so it ...

Every breath you take

Monday, January 17th, 2011

I don't know if is the case throughout Andalucia - perhaps you can let me know? - but there have been loads of roadblocks around here recently to breathalyse people. We were driving back from going out to lunch on Sunday a week ago, and at a roundabout between two towns, ...

Role playing

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

Something that became clear to me not long after arriving in Spain, over seven years ago, was that this country has very clearly-defined roles in terms of family. This has changed over the years, but you'll still find elderly mothers being looked after the (younger/est) daughter. When I started going ...

From Rubia to Rabia

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Hi, Sarah here again. I’m back on the blog to comment on something which has affected me over my time here, much more than I had anticipated. I arrived in Andalucia, as you may remember from my blog photo, with bright blonde hair and blue eyes. I stood out like ...

Lorca a la gitana

Monday, December 6th, 2010

A few years ago I was sent to El Vacie, a notorious chabola (shanty town) in the north of Sevilla, to research a news story. It was about a gitana (gypsy woman) who claimed to be the oldest woman in Spain - she had just celebrated her 116th birthday. Several ...