The winter colds, viruses and chest infections are doing the rounds here in Spain, just as they are in the UK. However, we’re lucky over here in that we have an abundance of cheap natural remedies, as well as a fast track to antibiotics should we need them. While these illnesses can be very debilitating, they don’t have to be too uncomfortable if you know what to do.
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10 months after independently produced spy thriller The Cucaracha Club had its world premiere in Torrevieja, it has received a 12A certificate from the BBFC. Now the film can be distributed on general release in cinemas. That means the production company can recover some of the production costs. More importantly, they can build the budget for The Cucaracha Club 2: The Route of All Evil, which is already written and ready to go into production in the autumn of 2017.
Relocating abroad and integrating into a new culture can be a challenge. But, take heart, thousands of expats every year do it successfully, and for many of them the positives outweigh the negatives. Expats may get to live in a dream location, further their careers, discover strengths, explore new places, meet new people and enjoy fresh experiences.
What you need more than anything to make a go of relocation is patience…
Spain is different in many ways, and one of the main differences is in how they celebrate Hallowe’en. The truth is they don’t – although expats have imported the celebration from other countries and some younger Spaniards are adopting the custom of costume parties at Halloween. The trick or treat thing doesn’t seem to have taken off here, although it’s creeping in where there are lots of Brits, and it’s probably only a matter of time until Spanish children want to be part of this.
Lots of people come to Spain for a new life, meet someone, get married, and set up a successful business. They also take on new projects, which may be completely different to anything they’ve ever done in their home country. There’s nothing special about that. So what lifts David and Yvonne Haughton into the ‘No Ordinary Expat’ league? Several things!
I recently re-read our ‘list of requirements’ written when we first started looking for a house in Andalucía ten years ago. The keywords were: peace, quiet, private, nature, quality, seclusion. Well, we certainly achieved that.
An insider story about living off the grid in Spain.
Sun, sea and Sangria – what’s not to love about Spain? But when you’re thinking of permanent relocation, rather than just a holiday, you need to make sure that the region you move to has everything you need to keep you happy in the long term. Whether you’re looking for culture, sunshine, or a thriving expat community, you can find a little corner of Spain that will tick the right boxes.
A while ago, I explained how The Cucaracha Club came to be made. It’s a movie made on a tiny budget by a bunch of enthusiastic amateurs who have never written, acted in, produced or directed a full length feature film before, and it notches up a number of firsts. It’s the first screenplay Geordie writer and actor Billie Anthony Gaddess has ever tackled, it’s the first movie made entirely in Torrevieja and the surrounding area, using local facilities and publicising local people and events, and it’s the first full length feature film Rai Woods has ever directed.
The UK may be famous for its BOGOF (buy one, get one free) deals in supermarkets, but food shopping in Spain can still be so much cheaper across the board if you know the best places to go. Lidl is usually my first port of call, then I get any top up shopping from Consum and Mercadona. All these stores are within a 7 or 8 kilometer radius of my home village of Algorfa on the Costa Blanca.
However, a while back I ventured into Hiperber on the way home from a meeting in Torrevieja, and now it’s my go-to place for my main shopping. Like the other major supermarket chains, branches can be found all over Spain.
Spanish cuisine is one of the healthiest in the word, and it’s also one of the easiest to get into, even if your inner Domestic Goddess has left the building. That’s because most Spanish recipes revolve around no more than half a dozen ingredients, and one of the more common ingredients is paprika.