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Archive for July, 2011

Summer holidays

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

As of next Monday, we're welcoming a guest blogger, who will be posting once a week - every Monday - for most of August. Kim is, like me, a Seville-dwelling English woman - a translator, blogger and all-round good sport who hasn't been here that long, but has already thrown herself ...

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 ...

Busy beaches

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3529" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Conil de la Frontera's beach (off season)."][/caption] July is high holiday season here in Andalucia, and half of Seville has decamped to the beach. Many of these have gone to either Chipiona or Chiclana, the two favourite seaside towns in Cadiz province. The front cover of a ...

Doñana endangered

Monday, July 18th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3509" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The wetlands of Doñana Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site."][/caption] A key natural attraction of Andalucia, and one of the most important natural areas in Spain - indeed, it is said to be the most important wetland in the whole of Europe - is Doñana Park, a ...

Our friends electric, part 2

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3497" align="aligncenter" width="374" caption="The Twizy, one of Renault's new electric cars. Looks like a toy, sounds like a sweet, 100% clean and green. You'll be seeing it on Seville's streets this autumn."][/caption] Last year I wrote a blog post about a BBC project to send an electric car around Europe, ...

Drovers’ ways

Monday, July 11th, 2011

I know I mention this quite often, but one of the reasons I love living here in Andalucia is that I'm always learning more about the region: the people, the history, the culture, the geography, the gastronomy, the wildlife... the list goes on and on. In a region this diverse, ...

Solar power – at night!

Thursday, July 7th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3433" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Andalucia's first solar farm, at Sanlucar La Mayor, which I visited just after it first opened."][/caption] After the launch a few years ago of the world's first commercial solar power plant, in Sanlucar La Mayor outside Seville, which I visited soon after its lauch, I was excited ...

Some good news, at last

Monday, July 4th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_3416" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Tomatoes from Nijar in Almeria, the top product of Andalucia's key exporting province."][/caption] I am writing this wearing an item of clothing with sleeves. For the first time in weeks. Yes, the temperatures here in Andalucia gave us a break this weekend, with the thermometer falling to ...