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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

  • "As you’re strolling around town or along the promenade, you’re likely to be accosted by beggars and/or ‘Lookee, Lookee Men.’ These are people selling sunglasses, watches, jewellery and anything else they can get hold of. It’s usually substandard stuff, and not worth ..." in the Forum Post called Dealing with beggars and 'Lookee, Lookee Men'
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago
  • "Spain is a Catholic country, and its people revere their saints. Every child is given a name, plus a saint’s name, which is why you may come across unusual combinations of male and female names, such as Jose Maria. The child’s Saint’s Day is more important than the actual date of birth, and there..." in the Forum Post called Saint's Days and Silent Processions
    Forum Post created about 5 years ago
  • "Apart from the usual suspects- hola, adios, si, no, por favor, gracias – hello, goodbye, yes, no please, thank you – what do you think are the most useful Spanish phrases? By that, I mean the ones you need to learn even before you learn the language. According to my husband – wh..." in the Forum Post called Most useful Spanish phrases
    Forum Post updated over 5 years ago
  • "Let’s lighten the mood a little and talk about Spanish celebrities. My personal favourite is Rafael Nadal. He’s an excellent tennis player, and a good looking guy – down Sandra, think of your blood pressure! However, he’s also intelligent, modest well spoken and an excelle..." in the Forum Post called Your favourite Spanish celebrity?
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "If you live on an urbanisation, you may be able to earn a few extra Euros by performing key holding duties for other residents who use their properties as holiday homes. Generally, duties include a weekly check that everything is fine in the property and reporting back to the owner via email or t..." in the Forum Post called Earn a few Euros offering keyholding services
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "Spanish medical care is fantastic, but aftercare is not so good. This is because in Spain, the family rally around to look after their relatives when they come out of hospital. That’s all well and good, but if your family are back in England, and you’re here in Spain suffering from cancer, who ca..." in the Forum Post called Paul Cunningham Nurses, Costa Blanca area
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "Where I live (Algorfa, near Torrevieja, Valencia Region) the local Ayuntamiento is subsidising Spanish classes. A local resident is our teacher, and the lessons are conducted entirely in Spanish. I thought this may be a bit of a problem, but it’s not. If anyone doesn’t actually get a point, she w..." in the Forum Post called Best way to learn Spanish
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "In many holiday areas of Spain, bars lay on karaoke nights and, in an effort to generate publicity, they run karaoke contests. English speaking newspapers and radio stations often sponsor and publicise these contests, and the prizes can be very lucrative. It makes for a great night out, and the b..." in the Forum Post called Karaoke Contests
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "Restaurante El Raso, just of the Los Montesinos – Guardamar Road – offers a 4 course lunch for just 6.50 Euros, including a small beer, glass of wine, soft drink or water. There are 5 choices of starter and main course, with set menus for each day of the week. Star of the show is a feisty Argen..." in the Forum Post called Restaurante El Raso, Guardamar, Costa Blanca
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "One of the best Spanish cookery hints I’ve picked up is grating tomatoes. At our favourite restaurant, they serve up bread with ali oli (garlic mayonnaise) and tomato salsa, which is basically grated tomato with olive oil and black pepper. Using my limited Spanish to chat to the chef, I learned ..." in the Forum Post called Make your own tomato salsa
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "Spanish street markets are great places for bargains, but you need to be careful out there. These are some of the best buys available. Shoes and bags: This is a big industry in Spain, and there are some real bargains to be had. Look out for ‘piel’ on the label – that means you&#..." in the Forum Post called Best buys on the markets
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "If you want to enjoy a typically Spanish dining experience, you could do a lot worse than Restaurante Alquibla. For just 9 Euros at lunchtime, 11 Euros in the evening and 12 Euros at the weekend, you can enjoy a 4 course meal, plus bread, ali oli (garlic mayonnaise) and tomato salsa, and half a ..." in the Forum Post called Restaurante Alquibla, Algorfa, Costa Blanca
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • "I’d add Alicante to that list. It’s what I’d call a bite-sized city, because it’s quite possible to get around on foot, and the waterfront is stunning. There’s the famous mosaic esplanade, with its art and craft huts, leading into the beautiful Old Town. El Postiguet..." in the Forum Post called Top 10 places to visit in Spain
    Forum Post created over 5 years ago
  • Buying fruit and vegetables at Spanish street markets

    There are numerous street markets all over Spain – even the smallest village has at least one. Our village – Algorfa on the Costa Blanca – has a small market of about 15 stalls, of which three are fruit and vegetable stalls. That gives you a clue to how seriously the Spanish peo...

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    Blog Post created over 5 years ago