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  • Facts About Franco? Maybe!

    Published November 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    22 November 2015 sees the 40th anniversary of the death of Francisco Franco, Spain’s Great Dictator. And of course, the usual rash of articles are appearing, with facts about Franco, and the assertions that Spain has not escaped his influence, even 40 years on from his death.

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  • Dave and Mitch Bull - Challenging cancer in Spain

    Published October 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Dave Bull is no ordinary expat. The former pie salesman from Brighton owns CBFM Radio, and his breakfast show is enjoyed all over the world by people who share and appreciate his quirky humour and great choice of music. He also owns, edits and contributes to All Abroad Magazine, a free monthly publication for expats on the Costa Blanca. On top of that, he’s patron of the Samaritans in Spain and works hard to raise awareness of their work, as well as much needed funds.

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  • Cheaper to live in the UK? You cannot be serious!

    Published October 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Quite a few people are leaving Spain and returning to the UK. It’s not as many as the British media would have you believe, but it’s a significant number nonetheless. And the reason most people cite for leaving Spain is that they can’t afford to live here any more. Cue gasps of disbelief from my corner of Spain. Seriously – these people cannot be serious!

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  • Tax tips for US expats living in Spain

    Published September 10th, 2015 by Hugo Lesser
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    If you are a US citizen or green card holder, you are obliged to file a return to the IRS each year, wherever you live.

    If you are a resident in Spain, meaning you spend more than 183 days a year there (according to the Spanish rules), you have to register and pay taxes in Spain, too.

    The good news is that if you are resident and paying taxes in Spain, thanks to a double taxation agreement between Spain and the US, and various exemptions available to Americans living abroad, you are unlikely to have to pay tax to the IRS too. Nonetheless, you still have to file.

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  • How to live a healthier life abroad

    Published September 7th, 2015 by PSS International Removals
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    For those of you in search of greener grass, the transition overseas can at times prove testing. With this in mind, planning ahead is vital to ensure that your time spent abroad will be fun, rewarding and healthy! PSS International Removals are here to help with some top tips to abide by.

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  • How to prevent mosquito bites

    Published September 3rd, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Now September is here, the mosquitoes are around again. Nothing is more irritating and unsightly than a weeping mosquito bite, and if you should have an allergic reaction, it can be very painful and distressing. Prevention is better than cure, so here are some tips to avoid mosquito bites this autumn.

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  • Safe driving in Spain

    Published September 3rd, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    Until 2008, I’d never driven outside the UK, but when we moved to Spain, I had to bite the bullet and learn to drive on the ‘wrong’ side of the road. I dreaded it at first, but now I prefer driving in Europe in general, and Spain in particular, to driving in the UK. The roads are better, and once you’re away from the cities and resorts, there’s much less traffic to worry about. Traffic rules and signs are basically the same all over Europe, but there are a few things you need to be aware of to ensure you drive safely in Spain.

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  • Natural remedies for Sunburn

    Published September 2nd, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    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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  • Why learning Spanish from a native speaker is a good idea

    Published August 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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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

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  • Keeping your cool on hot summer nights in Spain

    Published August 1st, 2015 by Sandra Piddock
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    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‚Äôs 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?

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