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  • How to Help Your Children Settle Abroad

    Published May 3rd by PSS International Removals
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    Along with great excitement and opportunities, moving abroad with a family can also throw up issues, especially if children are uncertain or anxious about the change.

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  • How to enjoy the sun if you have lupus or other skin conditions

    Published April 29th by Sandra Piddock
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    I was diagnosed with Lupus 20 years ago, yet I live in Spain and enjoy the sunshine as much as anyone else. For those who don’t know, lupus is an auto-immune disease, similar to Rheumatoid Arthritis, but it affects the organs as well as the joints, and of course, the skin is the largest organ in the body. So how can you enjoy the sunshine and protect your skin if you have lupus or other chronic skin conditions?

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  • The many health benefits of olive oil

    Published April 29th by Sandra Piddock
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    The Mediterranean Diet – perceived by many medical experts as one of the most healthy diet plans around – is based around olive oil. This knowledge is nothing new, since Hippocrates – the father of modern medicine – extolled the health properties of olive oil around 400 years before the birth of Christ. If you don’t fully understand the health benefits of switching to olive oil, here are just some of them to get you thinking

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  • Why I believe Spanish food is the best in the world

    Published April 29th by Sandra Piddock
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    I may be biased, but I do believe Spanish food offers the best eating experiences in the world. It’s based around the healthy principles of the Mediterranean Diet, so it’s good for your heart, and your figure. That’s because it’s high in fibre and antioxidants, and low in saturated fats, although emphasis is placed on healthy monounsaturated fats such as olive oil. There’s lots of lean protein too, in the shape of chicken, rabbit and oily fish such as sardines and tuna.

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  • Big is better when it comes to canned tuna

    Published April 1st by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the many great things about living in Spain is the fish counter in every supermarket. There’s a wide choice of fish, at reasonable prices, and the friendly, helpful staff will prepare it for cooking if you ask. However, it’s not always convenient to serve up fresh fish. Sometimes you want a quick, convenient healthy snack or meal, and that’s where canned tuna comes in. Most people keep a few cans of tuna in the store cupboard, but I discovered long ago that bigger is better, and when it comes to buying canned tuna, it’s best to Go Grande for a number of reasons.

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  • Arroz de Ayuno: Giving up meat for Lent has never been so enjoyable!

    Published March 31st by Sandra Piddock
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    Lots of people decide to give up something for Lent, whether it’s alcohol, fast food, chocolates or something else. Here in Spain, Arroz de Ayuno – known as fasting rice – is traditionally eaten during Lent. (La Cuaresma) Go native and do as the Spanish do and avoid eating meat during Lent. The great thing about this dish is that it has a great flavour, so you don’t actually miss having meat in the meal. Think paella without the chicken, pork or rabbit and you’ve got the idea.

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  • When the dream is over: The realities of dying in Spain

    Published March 31st by Sandra Piddock
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    It’s a cliché, but so many people move to Spain to ‘Live the dream.’ But what happens when, inevitably, to use another well-worn cliché, you ‘Face the final curtain?’ The procedures following death in Spain can be very different to those in the UK, and if you don’t know what to expect or how to deal with it all, it can add to the anguish at a very stressful time. Here are just some of the ways in which dying in Spain is different.

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  • Oranges everywhere!

    Published February 28th by Sandra Piddock
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    December to March are very colourful months around the Costa Blanca, before the oranges in the groves are harvested and sent to market. As you walk past, you catch the scent of the rapidly ripening oranges, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably be tempted to try one, or take a couple home for freshly squeezed orange juice in the morning. And that’s okay – as long as the grove isn’t fenced off, that is. If the grove is fenced, that’s because the owner doesn’t want you to go in there making free with his oranges.

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  • Why Spanish strawberries taste better in Spain

    Published February 28th by Sandra Piddock
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    I waded into a minor Facebook scrap yesterday. A friend of ours posted a photo of a strawberry the size of a small country, and bragged about how lovely it tasted. A friend of his immediately came back with the comment that as soon as he sees ‘Country of origin; Spain’ on strawberries, he avoids them like the plague, because he knows they’ll taste of nothing at all. The difference between the two perceptions of Spanish strawberries is that our friend bought his from the local street market, while the watery excuses for strawberries his friend refers to come from Morrison’s, Tesco, or any one of the other supermarkets or markets in the UK.

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  • No Ordinary Expat: Alison Wynne-Ryder, the Quirky Medium

    Published February 28th by Sandra Piddock
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    Alison Wynne-Ryder and her husband John have only been in Spain for three years, but already the lady also known as the Quirky Medium is sharing her unique psychic gifts, and helping people who have lost loved ones to come to terms with life after bereavement.

    If your idea of psychic activity is séances in darkened rooms, mediums in trances and strange voices, you’ll find Alison is refreshingly normal, and her working area, where she welcomes clients, writes articles for the local press and her blog and holds her psychic development courses, is all light and positive energy. You get the idea that any spirits dropping by are coming for the craic, and a good laugh with this bubbly lady.

    I first met Alison at a psychic devel...

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