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Saving energy

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

If you drive in Spain - whether daily if you live here, when visiting if you own a second home, or occasionally if you hire a car while here on holiday - you should be aware of an important change in the law which will affect your road use, effective ...

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, ...

Life in the fast lane

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

After living in the western Andalucian countryside for three years, in a fairly quiet area with very few foreign people around, coming to the Costa del Sol is a shock to the system. I went down there for a work meeting this week, and felt like the country mouse in ...

Plan? What plan?

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Last Friday was the first day of Seville's new "Plan de Trafico", whereby motorists who stay in the centre (within the ronda, except for Marques de Paradas, part of the one-way system) for more than 45 minutes will be fined 70 euros; the restrictions (ie the cameras) are in place ...

¡Nos vamos a la playa!

Monday, July 19th, 2010

It's that time of year again when you pile bags and bags of stuff into the car boot: swimming costumes, towels, sunhats and suncream (and sunsuits if your kids are blanquitos like mine), buckets and spades, beach parasol, folding deckchair, cold box replete with water, soft drink, snacks, sandwiches (if ...

Our friends electric

Monday, June 28th, 2010

You will either be sickened by England's defeat, even more sickened by Lampard's disallowed goal (which I didn't even notice as I was watching the match on a German channel, being harrassed by small children), or just plain sick of hearing/reading/talking about our fateful exit from the World Cup yesterday ...

Una cervecita?

Thursday, June 3rd, 2010

The other day I was having a chat with a girlfriend about the thorny subject of drinking and driving. Specifically, Spanish men drinking and driving. More specifically, Spanish men drinking cerveza and driving. It's a cultural-generational thing, we decided. As English girls, we were brought up thinking that drinking and ...

Fabulous frilly Feria flamenco fashion

Monday, April 26th, 2010

So, the Feria is over for another year. Even now, as I write this, the casetas are being dismantled and packed away for next year, the hams are being taken down, and the kitchens are disappearing in a cloud of dust. I went to the Feria twice this year, ...

Holy Week

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

On Saturday night in Seville something happened which has been all over the newspapers, and will continue to be for some time to come. Two women returning from seeing Semana Santa pasos were hit and killed by a speeding car. The driver was more than double over the limit, and it ...

¡Que barbaridad!

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Having studied languages at university, and now living in Spain, I am fascinated by words. What I hear, read, speak - I don't get all of it, by any means (but oh, how satisfying when I do) - is a constant source of interest. In my early,enthusastic-student days here, I ...