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Archive for August, 2010

Life’s a Beach

Monday, August 30th, 2010

When you think of Spain, what comes to mind - sun, sea, sand, paella, bulls, tapas? Something that I will add to that list from now on is chiringuito (beach bar). They’re everywhere on the coast and my week wouldn’t be the same without a visit to one. I’ve often ...

An International Film ‘Festival’?

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

A couple of nights ago I went to an event organised by The New World Trust, a non-profit organisation created to support talented young artists all over the world. The event was The Marbella International Film Festival which is an annual free outdoor screening of various award winning short films ...

All the fun of the Feria

Monday, August 23rd, 2010

Choosing the hottest month of the year to celebrate their liveliest street party, the Malagueños certainly know how to do it. For one week every year Malaga engages in one of the biggest ferias (fairs) of Andalucía. In the day time, parties take place with women decked out in the ...

How the wind doth blow

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Soon after my arrival in Andalucia, I became aware of the huge popularity of water sports in the area, especially in the South West of Andalucia on the Cadiz coastline. Tarifa in particular boasts one of the best kite surfing locations in the world and it is popular not only ...

What (not) to wear at the beach

Tuesday, August 17th, 2010

Imagine the scene: it’s Sunday, and every Spaniard - no matter whether or not they have their own pool, private or shared - heads to the beach. Dominguero is the word used to describe these Sunday daytrippers, who take along everything from their homes apart from the kitchen sink, or ...

Nikki Nights In Marbella

Friday, August 13th, 2010

By guest blogger Julie Alderson [caption id="attachment_1738" align="aligncenter" width="598" caption="Sun going down over a sea of black and gold"][/caption] A press invitation led andalucia.com to the Diamond Party at Nikki Beach, Marbella. The strict black and gold dress code was rigidly adhered to and from the VIP terrace the views were of ...

El Acento Andaluz-Part 2

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

To continue on from my previous, language-themed post on Monday, today I’m going to focus on misunderstandings and real experiences of Malagueño (from the Malaga region) words and phrases. After having invested a lot of time learning the intricacies of Spanish, when I arrived here I found that I didn’t ...

El Acento Andaluz-Part 1

Monday, August 9th, 2010

As a student, the phrases “last-minute revision” and “rote learning” are familiar to me, but neither of these, no matter how hard you try, fit into the brief of learning a language. Knowing a language is, in my opinion, about immersion, accents and culture, and so in this post, I’d ...

Michelle Obama in Marbella

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

It's Business as Usual as Marbella Graciously Receives Michelle Obama in the City's Charming Old Town - Press release from Marbella town hall. Michelle Obama's visit to the Costa del Sol may be brief, but her brief stay is having the Midas touch on the image and popularity of Marbella. Following Mrs. ...

Vamos por un cafelito?

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

For my second guest blog, I’d like to talk about something that really stood out to me on my arrival in Spain. The Arabian Peninsula is where it was first discovered, and then it spread like wildfire across the continents and to Spain in the 1700s. With its unmistakable aroma ...