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  • A new take on death just in time for Dia de los Todos Santos

    Published October 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    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.

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  • No Ordinary Expats: David and Yvonne Haughton

    Published October 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    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!

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  • Living Off-Grid in Spain

    Published October 27th, 2016 by ErinAbroad
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    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.

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  • Relocating to Spain? Choose the Best Region for You

    Published October 13th, 2016 by PSS International Removals
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    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.

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  • The Cucaracha Club: The making of a movie in Spain

    Published September 2nd, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    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.

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  • Bargain shopping in Spain: Hiperber hypermarkets

    Published September 2nd, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    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.

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  • Essential ingredients for Spanish cooking: Paprika

    Published August 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    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.

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  • Simple gazpacho recipe

    Published August 1st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Gazpacho is the generic name for cold tomato soup, which originally came from Andalucia. The name possibly originates from the Latin for ‘crumbs,’ as true gazpacho is based on bread soaked in olive oil, garlic, vinegar and salt, but nobody is really certain. Today, gazpacho is thought of as gourmet food, but like many Spanish foods, originally it was a dish for the poor, based on bread and vegetables.

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  • Aubergine slices with tomato and cheese

    Published August 1st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Aubergines – or berenjenas as they are called in Spain – belong to the nightshade family of vegetables and fruits which include tomatoes, potatoes and peppers. Botanically they are fruits, not vegetables, and they grow on vines like tomatoes. For culinary purposes, though, aubergines are treated as vegetables. They are widely available on the markets in Spain, easy to grow, and they’re really good for you.

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  • Beginners' guide to ordering tapas

    Published August 1st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Think of Spanish food, and you probably think of tapas, those great appetisers which may be provided free with drinks in some establishments, and are always available in Spanish bars and cafeterias. Even the smallest tapas bar will have a reasonable selection, including family versions of staples like albondigas (meatballs) and tortillas (Spanish potato and onion omelette).

    Ordering tapas need not be terrifying for newcomers to Spain, or to the tapas way of eating. It should be fun, so don’t be afraid to try out your Spanish.

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