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Archive for June, 2011

Cruisin’

Thursday, June 30th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3403" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The Muelle de las Delicias in Seville, where the Braemar docked last Monday."][/caption] On Monday, the biggest cruise ship ever to visit Sevilla docked at the newly revamped Muelle de las Delicias. The Braemar (spelt wrong, obviously, in the local press: Breamar, Braemas), a Fred Olsen liner, ...

Cordoba – European Capital of Culture 2016?

Monday, June 27th, 2011

This year they are Tallinn (Estonia) and Turku (Finland). Each year, one or more European cities display the title "European Capital of Culture". And today Andalucia is abuzz with the possibility that in 2016, this title will be held by Cordoba, one of the three great historic cities of the ...

Setas – home of popular dissent in Seville, and a bird’s-eye eaterie

Monday, June 20th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3352" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="This will be the restaurant(s) with panoramic views - window table a must."][/caption] You may have noticed I've been a bit quiet about the Setas/acampada Sevilla/15M of late. Which isn't because I've lost interest in the movement - far from it; I've just been too busy with ...

POST BY GUEST BLOGGER WILLIAM OLIVIER

Thursday, June 16th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3345" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="William's new favourite food: big, juicy gambas."][/caption] My first taste of Spain I started my Spanish adventure around three weeks ago, just four days after my final second-year exam at university, where I’m studying Marketing & Public Relations. I am currently on a placement working for Andalucia.com and ...

The language of… tax

Monday, June 13th, 2011

About a month ago, I did post on preparing and submitting your Declaracion de la Renta (tax return), the deadline for which is the end of this month. Like most people, the mere thought of this sends me into a cold sweat. All those unfamiliar but important terms, many of ...

Romero and romerias

Thursday, June 9th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3284" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Two rocieras and a rociero at the start of their pilgrimage from Triana to El Rocio"][/caption] Andalucia isn't short of ferias (each town's annual party) and fiestas (others celebrations) - there are plenty every month throughout the year. Many of these have religious roots - Semana Santa, saint's days, ...

Caring for our environment

Monday, June 6th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3254" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Windmill in Cadiz province: Spain is a world-leader in wind power, with 21% of the country's electricity supply coming from wind farms."][/caption] Yesterday was World Environment Day (WED), or Dia Mundial del Medio Ambiente here in Spain. (The previous week, it was World No Tobacco Day - ...

Seville in bloom

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3218" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The muro ajardinado."][/caption]Since we had some welcome positive news about Andalucia's economy today - unemployment in the region fell in May - I thought I'd do a happy post, about trees and flowers. Last week, as part of a project to add new pages on Seville to ...