When you’re learning a new language, one letter makes a great difference. I introduced myself to the owner of our local tapas bar thus: ‘Tengo casa nueve en Algorfa.’ I wondered why he looked so surprised, until our new neighbour informed me I had just told him I had 9 homes in Algorfa!
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Despite the stagnant state of the British housing market, an increasing number of Brits are looking into the prospect of buying a second home abroad. Needless to say, the predictably dull British weather and hectic lifestyle drives the desire for a warmer climate and more laid back approach to day-to-day living.
But if you’re looking to buy a holiday home abroad, where do you start? There’s a whole world out there to choose from. To help towards making that difficult choice, here are five great places you could buy a holiday home and why:
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1. Park Guell – You can take an escalator to the top and then climb up the hill to an area where you will see one of the best views of Barcelona.
2. Beach – If it is nice out, lie out on the beach and enjoy the cool breeze of the sea. You will get a lot of men offering beer (cerveza) and an Asian woman offering a massage that you may just want to take.
3. Paella and Tapas – Tapas are basically appetizers or meals in very small portions. I suggest getting three or four different ones and trying something new. When I was there I tried Patates Braves (a spicy potato dish), mussels, fried squid and snails. The seafood paella is absolutely delicious and a must-try in Barcelona. I recommend any seafood because...
Who hasn’t wanted to pack up everything and head to another country to live for awhile? Or maybe you have a job opportunity that requires resettling in a foreign land, at least temporarily. Regardless of your situation, if you are planning to move abroad you need to plan carefully and consider the following tips.
How Will You Get Your Money?
You don’t want to get to your new home country then find out you have no way to get to your money. The banks in one country may not be found in another country. The ATMs may not accept your cards. These are all issues you need to consider.
Talk to your bank about their presence in your new country. You can also...
If you’re thinking of visiting Spain this spring, there’s one event you definitely don’t want to miss, and that’s the magnificent festival of Las Fallas in Valencia. Las Fallas is a celebration of ancient origin which marks the passing of winter and the dawn of a new spring – welcoming the new and sending out the old with a carnival of flames. It is one of the most colourful and dramatic spectacles in all of Spain.
Las Fallas is also known as the Falles, and takes its name from the Valencian word “falla,” which translates to “fire.” So the name of the celebration translates to “The Fires,” or “The Torches,” which is an apt description for what the f...
Many people assume that culture shock describes the element of surprise and wonder experienced when relocating to a foreign country. However, culture shock is much more complicated, consisting of various stages each with their own characteristics and symptoms. A general culture shock definition is the feelings experienced when leaving the familiar to live in a foreign country. Common feelings experienced are alienation, frustration and anger although this can be overcome with feelings of ease and comfort. Even the most discerning traveller and open-minded person can be susceptible to culture shock and there is little th...
There are numerous street markets all over Spain – even the smallest village has at least one. Our village – Algorfa on the Costa Blanca – has a small market of about 15 stalls, of which three are fruit and vegetable stalls. That gives you a clue to how seriously the Spanish people take their fruit and vegetable shopping.