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  • Montederramo – Determined to survive

    Published December 3rd, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    Nestled in the foothills of the Sierra de San Mamede mountain range in the province of Ourense, is the town of Montederramo. Like many inland towns and villages in Galicia, its population has been in decline for many years. At the turn of the century over 4000 souls called this isolated community home, by 1981 that total had almost halved and today stands at less than 1000. This worrying trend is mirrored throughout many parts of Spain.

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  • Blogging On Spain -More great expat blogs to bookmark

    Published November 27th, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    Have I got some great Bloggers on Spain for you this month! It never fails to surprise me just how varied Writing On Spain is. You can pick up information on just about anything, and it really is a pleasure to read the latest crop of bloggers. So, settle down for another good read, and make sure you bookmark these brilliant bloggers.

    Meet Inka Piegsa-quischotte, Paddy Waller, Ian Mackay and Elle Draper

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  • Writers On Spain: Debs Jenkins – Boy Mad Brummie Goes Native In La Murta!

    Published November 27th, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    Born and raised in Birmingham, Debs always wanted to be a writer, but her Career Advisor at school told her to get a proper job. Young Debs was only interested in writing and boys, so she became an electronics engineer after completing her degree at Birmingham University. She basically only did it to meet men – and it worked really well!

    ‘I met two husbands through electronics, so I achieved my career goal. I got made redundant after a few years, which was no bad thing, since I’m not on the lookout for Husband Number Three!’

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  • Baiona – A pint-sized paradise

    Published November 26th, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    The seaside town of Baiona (Bayona), on the west coast of Galicia, is a modern resort with a long history. The earliest settlement dates back to 140 BC. Ownership of the town has changed hands many times, as has its name. For a short period, back in 1388, it even fell into the hands of John of Gaunt, the first Duke of Lancaster and the sixteenth richest person in recorded history.

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  • Montefurado – Tunnel vision

    Published November 12th, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    Ancient history indicates that the alluvial plains along the river Sil in Galicia were a rich source of gold. However; it wasn’t until the Roman occupation in the 1st century, that extraction began on an industrial scale.

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  • The Castle of Monterrey – A Spanish Acropolis

    Published November 5th, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    The palace-fortress of Monterrey (O castello de Monterrei) occupies a commanding position on the outskirts of the city of Verín in the province of Ourense. During the Middle Ages, the castle was of major strategic importance due to its close proximity to the Portugese border.

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  • Can you use Spanish recipes if you don't speak the language? Yes you can!

    Published November 1st, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    If you’re into Spanish cooking – and I am in a big way – you’ll want to cook using authentic recipes. And this can be a problem if you don’t speak or read Spanish, because many recipes written in English have also been adapted to suit English tastes, so they can’t be described as authentic Spanish food. So, is it possible to follow a Spanish recipe with little or no knowledge of the language? Yes, if you know how to go about it.

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  • November 1 - Dia de Todos Los Santos

    Published November 1st, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    1 November is All Saints Day, and in Spain it’s called Dia deTodos los Santos. Back in the mists of time long forgotten, it was always celebrated in May. Nobody knows why it changed, but tradition has it that it was moved to November to offset some of the paganism associated with Hallowe’en.

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  • Blogging On Spain - Even more great expat blogs

    Published November 1st, 2014 by Sandra Piddock
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    It’s surprising how many different topics and angles the best bloggers can squeeze out of Spain, so open your browser and check out these great reads. This month, we’re looking at blogs with a difference.

    Meet Sandra Staas, Josh Taylor, Cat Gaa and Ben Curtis and Marina Diez

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  • O Barco – A landlocked treasure

    Published October 29th, 2014 by Craig Briggs
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    The town of O Barco (The Boat) is located in the province of Ourense in Galicia. It lies in the foothills of the Sierra de la Lastra mountain range, in a comarca (traditional region) known as Terra de Valdeorras. As the town is some 130 kilometres from the sea, it seems reasonable to assume that it derives its name from an ancient river crossing rather than any seagoing vessel.

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