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Archive for September, 2012

Semana de la Arquitectura, 1-5 October, in Sevilla, Malaga and Huelva

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_8008" align="aligncenter" width="433" caption="The Torre de Oro, one of the six buildings you can visit as part of La Semana de Arquitectura (Architecture Week), 1-5 October (the Helvetica Seguros building, which is also part of the programme, is just behind, to the right)."][/caption] Every year, to celebrate International Architecture Day ...

New gourmet food market for Seville!

Monday, September 24th, 2012

[caption id="attachment_7963" align="aligncenter" width="578"] Rear view of the Naves del Barranco, site of Seville's future gourmet food market, as seen from the river. Due to open next summer, the market will have a terrace along this wall.[/caption] This weekend it was announced in Seville that go-ahead has finally been given for ...

Free flamenco in Seville!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

Outdoor-loving flamenco aficionados - or indeed people who just happen to be visiting the city - will be happy to hear that the Bienal de Flamenco, which takes place until the end of this month, has a wide programme of free events en la calle this year. Part of its ...

Cordoba olive oil wins top British award

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Anyone who lives in Andalucia, or who is an aficionado of Spanish food, will be well aware of the leading role played by "liquid gold" - olive oil - in the region's cuisine. An Andalucian breakfast is toast with jamon serrano, tomato and olive oil drizzled liberally all over it; it's ...

The best fried fish in Spain is in… Andalucia!

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Although it probably doesn't come as much of a surprise, El Pais recently published a list of the restaurants serving the best pescaito frito (fried fish) in Spain, and nine out of ten were in Andalucia. Pescaito frito is a mix of fish and seafood fried in light, crispy batter; its ...

Goodbye to our golden summer

Monday, September 10th, 2012

It's all over. Our glorious golden summer of sport has finished. The Paralympics finished in spectacular fashion last night with a stunning Closing Ceremony, and now I'm watching the parade through London in honour of Team GB and Paralympics GB, on my computer here in Spain. No, this has nothing ...

Patience, perspective and planning ahead – dealing with Spanish administration (and small children)

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

A kind English friend, recently returned from her summer visit, has just lent me a book on parenting - the Supernanny toddler one, which she said all her friends back in England are using. It's the new Gina Ford, except less rigid (if the name means nothing, don't worry - ...

Back to VAT

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

If, like me, you've been away for the summer, and have recently arrived back in Spain, you may be somewhat alarmed by the rise in IVA, effective as of last Saturday, 1 September. IVA is Impuesto sobre el Valor Añadido, and applies to virtually all goods and services, except health ...