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  • Name: Sandra Piddock
  • Location: Spain
  • Country: Spain
  • Region: Valencian Community (Valencia/Alicante/Costa Blanca)

Site Contributions

  • Blog Posts: 162
  • Forum Posts: 130
  • Classified Ads: 0
  • Blog Comments: 2
  • Hotel Comments: 0
  • Total Comments: 2

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  • "It’s not easy to become a Spanish citizen – first, you have to take two exams, one to test your familiarity with Spanish life and culture, and a second to assess your command of the Spanish language. Then there’s the usual paper trail, and it all costs somewhere in the region of..." in the Forum Post called Applications for Spanish citizenship soar in the wake of Brexit
    Forum Post created 12 days ago
  • Big is better when it comes to canned tuna

    Big is better when it comes to canned tuna

    One of the many great things about living in Spain is the fish counter in every supermarket. There’s a wide choice of fish, at reasonable prices, and the friendly, helpful staff will prepare it for cooking if you ask. However, it’s not always convenient to serve up fresh fish. Sometim...

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    Blog Post updated 12 days ago
  • Arroz de Ayuno: Giving up meat for Lent has never been so enjoyable!

    Arroz de Ayuno: Giving up meat for Lent has never been so enjoyable!

    Lots of people decide to give up something for Lent, whether it’s alcohol, fast food, chocolates or something else. Here in Spain, Arroz de Ayuno – known as fasting rice – is traditionally eaten during Lent. (La Cuaresma) Go native and do as the Spanish do and avoid eating meat durin...

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    Blog Post updated 12 days ago
  • When the dream is over: The realities of dying in Spain

    When the dream is over: The realities of dying in Spain

    It’s a cliché, but so many people move to Spain to ‘Live the dream.’ But what happens when, inevitably, to use another well-worn cliché, you ‘Face the final curtain?’ The procedures following death in Spain can be very different to those in the UK, and if you don’t know what to expect or how to d...

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    Blog Post updated 12 days ago
  • "Like most people, we have life insurance to cover expenses in the event of our deaths and leave something for the family as well. However, as we spend most of our time in Spain, we were quite shocked to discover that here, the funeral director expects payment up front within 24 – 48 hours, ..." in the Forum Post called Do you have a pre-paid funeral plan?
    Forum Post created 12 days ago
  • "For the first time in 2015, more people died in Spain, and now the government has appointed the first ever ‘Sex Tsar’ – Edelmira Barreira – to encourage Spanish couples to make more babies. It will be interesting to see what measures she takes., but she’s probably h..." in the Forum Post called Spain's first 'Sex Tsar' hopes to boost the birth rate
    Forum Post created about 1 month ago
  • "This year, there are more of these pests about than ever before. Their hairs are toxic to both pets and their owners, since they can cause an allergic reaction. Dogs are particularly at risk off the lead, as they can step on the caterpillars, then lick the hairs off their paws. This can cause the..." in the Forum Post called Watch out for processionary pine caterpillars
    Forum Post created about 1 month ago
  • Oranges everywhere!

    Oranges everywhere!

    December to March are very colourful months around the Costa Blanca, before the oranges in the groves are harvested and sent to market. As you walk past, you catch the scent of the rapidly ripening oranges, and if you’re like me, you’ll probably be tempted to try one, or take a couple home for fr...

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    Blog Post updated about 1 month ago
  • Why Spanish strawberries taste better in Spain

    Why Spanish strawberries taste better in Spain

    I waded into a minor Facebook scrap yesterday. A friend of ours posted a photo of a strawberry the size of a small country, and bragged about how lovely it tasted. A friend of his immediately came back with the comment that as soon as he sees ‘Country of origin; Spain’ on strawberrie...

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    Blog Post updated about 1 month ago
  • No Ordinary Expat: Alison Wynne-Ryder, the Quirky Medium

    No Ordinary Expat: Alison Wynne-Ryder, the Quirky Medium

    Alison Wynne-Ryder and her husband John have only been in Spain for three years, but already the lady also known as the Quirky Medium is sharing her unique psychic gifts, and helping people who have lost loved ones to come to terms with life after bereavement. If your idea of psychic activity is ...

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    Blog Post updated about 1 month ago
  • "If you’re looking to cancel out some of the fluctuations between Sterling and the Euro, and avoid conversion charges, why not consider a Revolut card? Supplied by Mastercard, it can be loaded with money from your bank account in Pounds, Euros or Dollars, and you can draw out up to £200 a mo..." in the Forum Post called Revolut Pre-loaded card
    Forum Post created 2 months ago
  • "If you’re buying a new property in Spain, and you want a single storey dwelling, you may not get what you bargain for. While some properties are called bungalows, they usually have an upper outdoor terrace rather than a roof. If you want one floor with a roof on top of it, you;ll probably f..." in the Forum Post called A bungalow is not what it seems in Spain!
    Forum Post created 2 months ago
  • It's strawberry season!

    It's strawberry season!

    Strolling around our local market earlier this week , my senses were stimulated by the fabulous fragrance of fresh strawberries. Strawberries – along with cherries – are my absolute favourite fruit, and they are also one of the best anti-inflammatory foods going. That’s good new...

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    Blog Post updated 2 months ago
  • Book Review: The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds

    Book Review: The Path Keeper by N. J. Simmonds

    N. J. Simmonds’s debut novel ‘The Path Keeper’ is scheduled for release in February 2017. It’s the first of a series of fantasy novels aimed at young adults, but suitable for any age group that appreciates good writing and can suspend belief and get lost in the story.

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    Blog Post updated 2 months ago
  • No Ordinary Expat: Clive Gray. How the man in the suit from Sheffield became Our Man in Torrevieja

    No Ordinary Expat: Clive Gray. How the man in the suit from Sheffield became Our Man in Torrevieja

    Many expats reinvent themselves when they move to Spain and try something radically different, often acquiring new skill sets along with their tans, but Clive Gray has managed to take different to a whole new level. The former building society customer services manager and environment agency work...

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    Blog Post updated 2 months ago