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Archive for April, 2012

A tourist in Sevilla

Monday, April 30th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6142" align="aligncenter" width="435" caption="Rebekah at the Alcazar palace - she was impressed by the Moorish architecture."][/caption] GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON Living in on the Costa del Sol it has become very easy to take my surroundings for granted; I live just a bus ride away from some of the most famous ...

Want to develop your internet business?

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

On the blog this time last year, I mentioned a new initiative to help web-based companies develop and grow their businesses, supported by local talent and expertise: Nuevos Talentos Andalucia. Now the second edition of this is open - but only until 7 May. It is often during challenging economic times ...

Find your way around the Feria

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2934" align="aligncenter" width="494" caption="A group of feriantes at the Feria de Abril, Sevilla."][/caption] Tonight, at the stroke of midnight, this year's Feria de Abril kicks off officially, when the lights on the Portada (entrance arch) are switched on - the alumbrao. For those who have never been, but would like to ...

The gateway to the Feria

Thursday, April 19th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_6020" align="aligncenter" width="523" caption="The portada - entrance arch - of this year's Feria de Abril in Sevilla, modelled on the facade of San Salvador church."][/caption] The Feria de Abril here in Sevilla starts officially next Tuesday, with the alumbrao, the lighting up of the portada (entrance gate) at midnight on ...

Tax time

Monday, April 16th, 2012

We're now half way through April, so there's only two weeks to go until the period starts (1 May-30 June) for submitting your Declaracion de la Renta (tax return) for 2011. The Agencia Tributaria has brought out a cool video (which I saw when it was posted by another blogger; thanks ...

Charlize Theron and Leonard Cohen go flamenco

Thursday, April 12th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_2106" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="Sara Baras, one of the Spanish stars of the new TV series about flamenco, in a scene from Carlos Saura's film."][/caption] With Seville's main annual event, the Feria de Abril, fast approaching, and its accent on dancing Sevillanas all night long, I was excited to hear ...

In the mountains, near the sea

Monday, April 9th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5949" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The town of Cortes de la Frontera near Ronda has a stunning setting, below steep limestone cliffs."][/caption] After all the hustle and bustle, crowds and excitement, of Semana Santa, my family and I went to the sierra for the last part of the week. I still kept tabs on ...

Semana Santa in pictures

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_5849" align="aligncenter" width="347" caption="A barefoot penitente from the Los Estudiantes (the students) hermandad passes the door of the Fabrica de Tabacos - now the University - in Seville."][/caption] This year, Semana Santa all across Andalucia has, yet again, been adversely affected by the weather. Rain stopped pasos from coming out ...

Meeting the artist: Carlos Aires at the CAC Malaga

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

GUEST POST: REBEKAH THOMPSON [caption id="attachment_5801" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The opening night of Opening Night, with all eyes on the artist, Carlos Aires from Ronda (centre, wearing jeans and jacket), and the ceiling."][/caption] Friday 23 March saw the inauguration of an usual exhibition by local artist Carlos Aires in the Centro de Arte ...