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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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.
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.
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.
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.