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Consumers alert!

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_9397" align="aligncenter" width="388" caption="The super-powers of FACUA: fighting for the rights of consumers in Spain."] [/caption] If you live in Spain and have ever had a problem with your phone or internet, you're not alone. FACUA, the Spanish consumers' association, announced yesterday that during 2012, one in three complaints (35.1%) were ...

Autumn in Andalucia

Monday, October 8th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8272" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Picking olives is a traditional seasonal job in Andalucia."][/caption] The season is a-changing here in Andalucia: it's getting dark earlier, and the nights and early mornings are chilly now, though the days - the last few, at least - have been scorchingly hot 35; degrees or so. In ...

The brighter side of life in Spain

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

It's unlikely to have escaped your notice that Spain hasn't been getting the most positive coverage in the international press recently. Many newspapers and other media outlets in the UK, the USA and elsewhere have been focussing, understandably, on the economic challenges faced by President Rajoy's government, and the effects of ...

Patience, perspective and planning ahead – dealing with Spanish administration (and small children)

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A kind English friend, recently returned from her summer visit, has just lent me a book on parenting - the Supernanny toddler one, which she said all her friends back in England are using. It's the new Gina Ford, except less rigid (if the name means nothing, don't worry - ...

Back to VAT

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

If, like me, you've been away for the summer, and have recently arrived back in Spain, you may be somewhat alarmed by the rise in IVA, effective as of last Saturday, 1 September. IVA is Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido, and applies to virtually all goods and services, except health ...

My year in Spain

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7650" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Exploring A Coruña, Galicia - Rebekah's first stay in Spain."][/caption] GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON I have been blogging for Andalucia.com, usually about special events, since March. However, few readers will be aware that this is my final week working for Andalucia.com. As a third-year degree student at Nottingham ...

A letter to the Telegraph: Spotless Malaga

Monday, June 25th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6892" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="Impressively well-kept: Calle Larios, Malaga's main shopping street."][/caption] Earlier this month, I saw a letter to The Daily Telegraph, the UK's favourite Tory broadsheet rag, reprinted in my favourite news magazine The Week in their "Pick of the week's correspondence". Since it was in praise of Malaga, ...

Holea, a huge new shopping centre in Huelva

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

If you live in or near Huelva, in the far western part of Andalucia, or in eastern Portugal, especially the Algarve, you'll be interested to hear about a huge new shopping and leisure complex in the area. Carrefour Property, the French-owned megalyth billed as "Europe's leading commercial real estate company", is ...

A new way of working

Monday, May 21st, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6381" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="The monthly workINcompany get-together is called a "Jelly"."][/caption] A few weeks ago I went to an event called a "Jelly". No, it wasn't anything to do with food, or kids, or indeed kids' food - it was a get-together of self-employed people to introduce a new workspace ...

Andalucian Regional Elections: the background

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

GUEST POST: CHRIS CHAPLOW [caption id="attachment_5663" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Election posters galore: PP, PSOE and IU. But who will win a majority on Sunday?"][/caption] This Sunday elections for the Junta de Andalucia (Andalucian Parliament) will take place. A president will be chosen, who will then form a government responsible for an annual budget ...