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

Site Contributions

  • Blog Posts: 165
  • Forum Posts: 132
  • Classified Ads: 0
  • Blog Comments: 2
  • Hotel Comments: 0
  • Total Comments: 2

Site Activity

  • "There’s been a lot in the English-speaking press recently about changing to a Spanish driving licence, and there seems to be some confusion about whether you can legally drive on an EU licence or not. Here’s the story: if you are a resident in Spain, you must change to a Spanish drivi..." in the Forum Post called Do you need a Spanish driving licence?
    Forum Post created almost 5 years ago
  • Why don't they do their research - or look at a map?

    Why don't they do their research - or look at a map?

    Any schoolkid with a basic understanding of European geography could have told that writer that the Picos de Europa are one of northern Spain’s most well known features, bordering the Bay of Biscay, while the Pyrenees form a natural border between France and Spain.

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    Blog Post updated almost 5 years ago
  • Grow your own oranges and lemons

    Grow your own oranges and lemons

    How much water should you give your tree? The leaves will give you a clue, as they react a little like your skin does in the sun. If the leaves are smooth, shiny and plump, the moisture levels are just about right. However, dry, leathery leaves indicate too much exposure to heat and not enough hy...

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    Blog Post updated about 5 years ago
  • "The first real culture shock I had was when I was reading the free local English language newspapers. Turning to the Classifieds, I found adverts for prostitutes in among the ads for removal men, plumbers and pool services. I had another shock when I was told that the skimpily-clad girls waiting ..." in the Forum Post called Prostitution in Spain
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago
  • Letting the train take the strain

    It’s a good idea to travel into big cities by train, as it saves you the stress of driving in an unfamiliar place and the hassle of finding a parking space. Train stations are usually pretty central as well, so it cuts down on walking.

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    Blog Post updated about 5 years ago
  • Disadvantages of life on an urbanisation

    There are disadvantages to life on an urbanisation, and the estate agents are not likely to tell you about them, because it may jeopardise the sale.

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    Blog Post created about 5 years ago
  • What a difference a letter makes!

    When you’re learning a new language, one letter makes a great difference. I introduced myself to the owner of our local tapas bar thus: ‘Tengo casa nueve en Algorfa.’ I wondered why he looked so surprised, until our new neighbour informed me I had just told him I had 9 homes in Algorfa!

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    Blog Post created about 5 years ago
  • Bare faced cheek

    On the Costa Blanca now, when daily temperatures are in the high 20’s, you’re going to sweat buckets. If you sit on a chair without a top on – that’s you, not the chair, of course – you’re going to leave a river behind you. Think of the customer after you. Why should he or she have to wallow in y...

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    Blog Post created about 5 years ago
  • "Fratelli’s describes itself as ‘A little piece of Italy in the heart of Benijofar,’ and that’s exactly what it is. Located in the Plaza Constitucion, Fratelli’s is small but perfectly formed – a bit like the congenial owner, Vittorio, really. We’ve sample..." in the Forum Post called Fratelli's, Benijofar, Costa Blanca
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago
  • Visitors guide to Orihuela, Costa Blanca

    Orihuela is one of the Costa Blanca’s best kept secrets. This lively town is a pleasing mix of old and new Spain, and easily accessible from all over the Costa Blanca.

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    Blog Post created about 5 years ago
  • "I can add a couple of campsites to that list, both of which I've tried out with our motorhome: Camping Florantilles Situated between San Miguel and Torrevieja on the Costa Blanca, this campsite is open all year round. Overlooking the salt lakes..." on the Blog Post called Top ten camping sites in Spain
    Comment created about 5 years ago
  • The best ever Sangria

    Sangria comes in many shapes and sizes, from pleasantly light and refreshing, for a hot afternoon, to ‘Comes with a Health Warning’ for an evening of serious partying. The mixture also varies from undrinkable (usually the ready-made variety) to delicious.

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    Blog Post created about 5 years ago
  • "Spanish food is healthy and tasty. Most Spanish recipes have no more than half a dozen ingredients, so they’re easy to reproduce at home. My favourite Spanish food is paella – it just shouts out ‘Spain,’ with its intense flavours. What’s your favourite Spanish dish?" in the Forum Post called Favourite Spanish dish?
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago
  • "Spain is one of the few countries where you can park for free almost anywhere. That said, you need to be aware of where you can’t park. If there are blue lines painted on the kerb, that means that only permit holders can park. If there are yellow lines on the kerb, there’s no parking ..." in the Forum Post called Parking in Spain
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago
  • "On the Costa Blanca, the difference in price is even more significant. For example, I can buy a kilo of vine tomatoes in my local street market for less than 1Euro – in the local Consum and Mercadona, those same tomatoes are around 2 Euro a kilo. I can buy a delicious cooked chicken (pollo ..." in the Forum Post called Farmers' markets vs. supermarkets
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago