Summer time, and the living is easy – or not, if you happen to be afflicted by sunburn. And with the hot temperatures Spain has enjoyed this summer, there’s a lot more of it about. Okay, it’s an avoidable problem, but sometimes, things happen spontaneously, and before you know it, you’re doing lobster impersonations. So, can you treat sunburn naturally? Yes you can, and this is how.
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If you are going to live in Spain, you really should learn Spanish. Although in many regions, English is widely spoken, day to day life is much simpler if you have some Spanish, and it will be easier to integrate with the locals. And if you’re on holiday in Spain, you’ll get much better service if you can order your meals and drinks in Spanish
Hot summer nights are great for barbecues or a stroll on the beach, but not so good when it comes to getting a sound night’s sleep. According to some reports, this has been the hottest summer in Spain for 100 years, with June and July featuring temperatures in the high 30s and even 40s, and there’s more to come. It’s a lot easier to get warm than to cool down, so how on earth can you sleep comfortably in the heat of the Spanish summer?
Empanadas are the Spanish equivalent of British Cornish Pasties or steak and kidney pies, and Indian samosas, among other things. There’s not a lot of pastry in typical Spanish cuisine, but empanadas, or smaller versions called empanadillas, come with all sorts of fillings – meat, fish, cheese, seafood. If it’s edible, the Spanish will put it in an empanada or empanadilla.
I’ve interviewed some great personalities for this series , but Samantha Biddles has to be one of the most entertaining, interesting and altruistic people I’ve ever come across. We met for lunch and chatted for four hours, and I learned more about Algorfa in that time than I have in 7 years of living here!
- In Spain, when you make a major purchase, like a property, for instance, it must involve the Notary. He is one of the most powerful and respected figures in Spanish life, and whatever your nationality, you must involve the Notary in any major transaction such as buying a property. In England, if you buy or sell a property, everything is dealt with by the solicitor. In Spain, the solicitor does the leg work, but unless the Notary is happy, you cannot complete on your sale, and it’s the Notary, not the solicitor, will register your title to your property with the Land Registry.
If you’ve been hitting the markets in Spain – and who hasn’t? – you may have noticed that there are fresh figs everywhere. Many people are not quite sure how to handle fresh figs, being more accustomed to dried figs. Dried figs are also very healthy, but it’s a great idea to make the most of those juicy fresh figs for the short time they are around. Figs are great to eat straight from the tree, and believe it or not, they are also excellent for natural skin care.
One of the big attractions of Spain – apart from sun, sea and sangria – is the cheap alcohol. Whatever your favourite tipple, you can get it at a fraction of the price in Spain. However, if you’re prepared to be adventurous and try out some of the brands you’ve maybe never heard of, rather than sticking with the ones you know, you can save even more – and you might be very pleasantly surprised. Spain can do quality spirits and liqueurs – don’t let the stuff they serve up on your Benidorm all inclusive break put you off. Here are some great Spanish brands to look out for.
Like many of the expats I’ve interviewed for this series and for the Writers On Spain series, Phil Morrison has ended up doing something completely different in Spain from his former life in England. Originally from London, these days Phil, AKA The Flexible Chef, hosts tailor made cooking and walking holidays from Casa Adora, his home in Monte Lope Alvarez, Jaen, Andalucia.