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  • Not into golf? Try walking football!

    Published April 29th, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Think of sport in Spain, and most people think of golf, closely followed by water sports such as swimming, diving and wind surfing. But what if you’re a man past the first flush of youth, who thinks golf is a good walk spoiled, and isn’t into water sports, but wants to keep fit? Walking football could be just the thing you’re looking for.

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  • How Will the EU Referendum Impact Expatriates Abroad?

    Published April 28th, 2016 by Foreign Currency Direct
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    What is the EU Referendum?

    It’s highly unlikely you haven’t heard about the EU referendum announced originally in the UK in January 2013 by the current Conservative government, which will decide whether the UK remains part of the EU. The date is set for June 23rd and will decide on the future of the UK either as a continuing member of the EU or return to a time of sovereignty not seen in over 4 decades. Should the UK remain in the EU and will a potential ‘leave’ vote impact the current status of British expatriates?

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  • Free tapas? Yes, if you know where to look!

    Published March 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Back in the day when the package tour operators first discovered Spain, just about every bar served free tapas with drinks. And back then, because Brits were rather suspicious of ‘foreign muck,’ they were left largely untouched, thus offending our generous Spanish hosts. Now that Brits are involved in a love affair with Spain so deep that they are moving out here in droves, they bemoan the demise of the free tapas.

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  • Spain and Portugal - divided by a shared peninsula!

    Published March 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    After 8 years of living in Spain, we’ve finally made it across the border to Portugal for a month long vacation in our motor home. I was prepared to be dazzled by the beauty of the Algarve – and I am – but what I was not prepared for was the considerable differences I would find between the people and places of Portugal and Spain. They may share a peninsula, but they are divided by both culture and geography.

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  • Moving to Spain? Let Facebook help!

    Published March 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    . Even if you guide yourself seamlessly through the maze of Spanish bureaucracy and settle in your new home in the sun, living abroad is very different from a holiday. It may take a while to make new friends and find good places to eat, and the best places to shop. And that’s where Facebook can help.

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  • How to preserve lemons

    Published January 31st, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    Here in Spain, lemons are ridiculously cheap right now, but how can you make the most of them? Oranges – which are also plentiful at the moment – can be eaten or juiced, but other than in your gin and tonic, you may be a bit short on ideas for lemons. You can use them in desserts, and in fish recipes and salad dressings, but you won’t want fish and salad every day, and too many desserts isn’t good for the figure. If only you could preserve lemons to use in the months ahead!

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  • Oranges - more than just fruit!

    Published January 30th, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    One of the countless things I love about living in Algorfa is wandering through the orange groves. I love to take my dog Paddy in there, let him off his lead and see him bound with unconfined joy along the avenues and up and down the terraces, sometimes chasing rabbits, but often simply enjoying that perfect space, which is a haven of peace and tranquility.

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  • Spain – the not so good things

    Published January 4th, 2016 by Sandra Piddock
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    I love living in Spain, not least because it’s given me a whole new career. I got so fed up with getting conflicting information from so called ‘experts’ who turned out to be well versed in finding which bars had happy hours running, but not much else. So I started researching stuff for myself and writing about it. I particularly like to refute sweeping generalisations such as ‘It’s cheaper to live in England, America, etc,’ and when I do, I back it up with facts and figures, and the posts are always well received. However, in the interests of balance, I should point out that not everything is better in Spain. Here are some of the things that are not so good about life on the Iberian peninsula.

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  • Why you should check out your local tapas trail

    Published November 2nd, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Autumn in Spain is a great time of year. The nights may be getting shorter, but the days are still warm, even though it may be a little too cold to swim in the outdoor pool. Still, the summer crowds have gone, along with the sweltering heat of July and August. Of course, the departing crowds means less people to patronise the numerous bars and restaurants, so the owners have to come up with something to bring the crowds in, and one thing that is popular at this time of year is a tapas trail.

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  • Jamon - great Spanish food or a killer?

    Published November 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    The latest news from the World Health Organisation suggests that processed meats are right up there with cigarettes and asbestos as known carcinogens. In other words, those great staples of the Spanish diet – jamon and chorizo – are potential killers. Just 50 grams of jamon a day significantly increases the risk of some forms of cancer, apparently.

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