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A useful video for those buying property in Spain

Monday, February 25th, 2013

If you've ever considered buying a property here in Spain (or anywhere else abroad), or perhaps you're in the process now, the FCO (UK Government's Foreign and Commonwealth Office), in association with property media expert BuyAssociation, has produced an excellent video which covers all the key aspects. As with many such ...

Lose weight, and help others too

Monday, February 6th, 2012

While it's probably too early to be worrying about your bikini body for beach trips, many of us still have "excess baggage" left over from the Christmas, New Year and Reyes round of non-stop eating and drinking. Having the discipline to cut down on eating unhealthy foods - cakes, biscuits, crisps, ...

On the cards

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

In Spain, everyone needs an identity card. And children need theirs before their fifth birthday. As my son turns five next week, we took him to the comisaria (police station, for it is there where DNIs and passports are issued - on the spot). He is now the proud owner of an ...

Going private

Monday, July 25th, 2011

It's something which everyone has probably considered at some time during their time in Andalucia: taking out private health insurance. Nice comfortable hospital rooms with ensuite bathrooms - privacy and convenience; the latest high-tech medical equipment; and the finest staff. Whether it's for yourself or your family, the idea of ...

Up in smoke

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

So, the next stage of the anti-smoking legislation , which first started back in 2006, will arrive at the start of next year. As from 2 January 2011, you will no longer be able to smoke in "enclosed public places", in other words bars, restaurants, cafes, nightclubs; but it also ...

Salud Responde

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Salud Responde Must say I’m impressed these days with the regional health services help line. I’ll never forget how I had to go stand in line just two days after the birth of my second baby because it was practically impossible to make an appointment by phone. These days I just pick ...

Add a fresh touch to your diet!

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Have you noticed the abundance of amazing fresh produce in the local markets right now? And talk about affordable! If you live in Andalucia and you're not eating your fresh fruits and vegetables every day, it's only because you don't want to! And we have every reason to make an effort ...

Enjoy the Beach in Andalucia

Monday, August 10th, 2009

I can’t help it. Safety is such an important topic I’ve got to post just a bit more information for those of you who enjoy spending summer holidays at our lovely local beaches. Here we are along the calm, passive Mediterranean. What a delight, with warm currents bringing perfect temperatures for ...

Pros and Cons of Back to School

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Across Andalucia children and teens are back in school. On one hand the regional government is underlining the many gains made for this school year: new schools, subsidised text books, expanded cafeteria services. Doctors however have raised a red flag. In fact, none other than the Spanish Flebology Society (specialists in ...

Emergency Room

Thursday, January 17th, 2008

Earlier this week I spent half of one intriguing night at the local emergency room. Fortunately, for once, I didn't have to worry about whether or not I was guilty of abusing the regional healthcare system. My youngest child had Chicken Pox and the doctor at the local health clinic feared ...