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Lost in Translation

Friday, September 25th, 2015

As English speakers, I often feel we have an unfair advantage over our hispanophone friends and neighbours here in Spain. They speak the language of their birth, which does them well at home, and all over Central and South America. But for us, our idiom is the one most widely ...

“No Hay Dos Sin Tres” – what about “No Hay Tres Sin Cuatro”?

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

29M: general strike

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

It's unusual for this blog to have three posts in a row about politics, but then this has been quite a week. First of all, the PP failed to win its widely-predicted majority in the Andalucian Parliament in last Sunday's elections, leaving the regional president in a political no-man's-land, since he ...

Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga: the one-stop exploration into Spanish cultural history

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

GUEST BLOG POST: MEENA MISTRY Recently, I was lucky enough to attend a press preview at the Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga for their new temporary exhibition, which opens on 31 March and runs until 7 October 2012. 43 works will be displayed in a show entitled ‘Paradises and Landscapes in ...

The Alhambra is fourth-most popular tourist attraction in Spain

Monday, February 20th, 2012

I was very interested to see a list of the top four tourist attractions on a blog about Spain recently. The list quoted was as follows: 1 City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia 3.7 million visitors 2) Sagrada Familia, Barcelona 3.2 million visitors 3) Prado, Madrid 2.9 million visitors 4) Alhambra, Granada 2.3 ...

British expats are happiest in Spain

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A recent survey by Lloyds TSB International found that out of nine countries, British expats are happiest in Spain. More than 11,800 expats were surveyed, in the following countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, the UAE and the USA. They were asked whether their overall happiness was ...

Jamon al chino? Que no!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

If you live here in Spain, you'll be used to seeing Chinese shops in every town. They are stacked high with ridiculously cheap goods, from clothes to toys to garden furniture and household crockery. Much of it is poor quality - I call it "CCC" - cheap crap from China. ...

2012: the year of Cadiz, starting with La Pepa, El Niño and Camus

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

[caption id="attachment_4627" align="aligncenter" width="578" caption="The atmospheric seafront city of Cadiz, home of Spain's first constitution, drawn up in 1812: La Pepa."][/caption] So we’re now a couple of days into 2012. The extended break struggles on to Reyes later this week. The news is full of pay cuts, taxes and freezes, so ...

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30th, 2011

I hope you are all having/have had a wonderful Christmas with your friends and family, full of good cheer, good food and plenty of liquid refreshment (mine was). Tomorrow is Nochevieja (Old night), New Year's Eve, when Spanish families get together for a big feast, rounded off on the stroke of ...


Thursday, November 17th, 2011

[caption id="attachment_4331" align="aligncenter" width="254" caption="Results of the 2008 General Election (blue is PP, red PSOE). How much more blue will we see after Sunday?"][/caption] Unless you don't live here in Spain, you will be aware that this Sunday is the General Election. Both major parties have been campaigning, but without much ...