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

Site Contributions

  • Blog Posts: 168
  • Forum Posts: 134
  • Classified Ads: 0
  • Blog Comments: 2
  • Hotel Comments: 0
  • Total Comments: 2

Site Activity

  • "One of the few things I miss about England is hitting Poundland, and stocking up on bargains. Now you can get your Pound shop bargains shipped directly to Spain from http://www.poundshop.com/. If you sign up for the newsletter, you’ll get 5% off your first order, and while it costs £10 to g..." in the Forum Post called Missing Poundland? Now get your bargains in Spain!
    Forum Post created about 1 year ago
  • Free tapas? Yes, if you know where to look!

    Free tapas? Yes, if you know where to look!

    Back in the day when the package tour operators first discovered Spain, just about every bar served free tapas with drinks. And back then, because Brits were rather suspicious of ‘foreign muck,’ they were left largely untouched, thus offending our generous Spanish hosts. Now that Brit...

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    Blog Post updated about 1 year ago
  • Spain and Portugal - divided by a shared peninsula!

    Spain and Portugal - divided by a shared peninsula!

    After 8 years of living in Spain, we’ve finally made it across the border to Portugal for a month long vacation in our motor home. I was prepared to be dazzled by the beauty of the Algarve – and I am – but what I was not prepared for was the considerable differences I would find...

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    Blog Post updated about 1 year ago
  • "Ahead of the June 23 2016 referendum, politicians in Britain are campaigning for Brexit – the exit of the UK from the European Union. British expats are understandably worried about how this will affect their life in Spain. While I will be voting to stay in the EU, I can’t help thinki..." in the Forum Post called Brexit - In or out of the EU?
    Forum Post created about 1 year ago
  • "At the moment, we’re on an extended vacation in the Algarve, Portugal, and what has struck me is that the two countries may share a peninsula, but they are very different in many ways. The main things that came to my attention are the lack of bureaucracy and the real friendliness of the peo..." in the Forum Post called Differences between Spain and Portugal?
    Forum Post created about 1 year ago
  • Moving to Spain? Let Facebook help!

    . Even if you guide yourself seamlessly through the maze of Spanish bureaucracy and settle in your new home in the sun, living abroad is very different from a holiday. It may take a while to make new friends and find good places to eat, and the best places to shop. And that’s where Facebook...

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    Blog Post created about 1 year ago
  • How to preserve lemons

    How to preserve lemons

    Here in Spain, lemons are ridiculously cheap right now, but how can you make the most of them? Oranges – which are also plentiful at the moment – can be eaten or juiced, but other than in your gin and tonic, you may be a bit short on ideas for lemons. You can use them in desserts, and in fi...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Oranges - more than just fruit!

    Oranges - more than just fruit!

    One of the countless things I love about living in Algorfa is wandering through the orange groves. I love to take my dog Paddy in there, let him off his lead and see him bound with unconfined joy along the avenues and up and down the terraces, sometimes chasing rabbits, but often simply enjoying ...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • "Welcome Michaela. You will find the area very different to Vigo and Barcelona. The winters are milder and dryer, although it can be cold at night and first thing in the morning. Andalucia can get very, very hot, and of course crowded in the summer. I would suggest somewhere in the campo aroud the..." in the Forum Post called New member :)
    Forum Post created over 1 year ago
  • "There really isn’t a tipping culture in Spain, and I don’t think it’s expected, although some establishments leave a dish or box by the till or on the bar for small change, as the Spanish don’t like carrying it around. They certainly don’t expect a 10% tip or higher,..." in the Forum Post called How much do you tip in Spain?
    Forum Post created over 1 year ago
  • Spain – the not so good things

    Spain – the not so good things

    I love living in Spain, not least because it’s given me a whole new career. I got so fed up with getting conflicting information from so called ‘experts’ who turned out to be well versed in finding which bars had happy hours running, but not much else. So I started researching stuff for myself a...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Samaritans in Spain – Here to listen

    Samaritans in Spain – Here to listen

    The Samaritans is famous the world over. Started in 1953 by London vicar Chad Varah as a listening and befriending service for people on the brink of suicide, it now has 201 branches in the UK and Ireland and receives over 5 million calls a year. It may surprise you to know that there is also an ...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Why you should check out your local tapas trail

    Why you should check out your local tapas trail

    Autumn in Spain is a great time of year. The nights may be getting shorter, but the days are still warm, even though it may be a little too cold to swim in the outdoor pool. Still, the summer crowds have gone, along with the sweltering heat of July and August. Of course, the departing crowds mean...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Jamon - great Spanish food or a killer?

    Jamon - great Spanish food or a killer?

    The latest news from the World Health Organisation suggests that processed meats are right up there with cigarettes and asbestos as known carcinogens. In other words, those great staples of the Spanish diet – jamon and chorizo – are potential killers. Just 50 grams of jamon a day significantly in...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Facts About Franco? Maybe!

    Facts About Franco? Maybe!

    22 November 2015 sees the 40th anniversary of the death of Francisco Franco, Spain’s Great Dictator. And of course, the usual rash of articles are appearing, with facts about Franco, and the assertions that Spain has not escaped his influence, even 40 years on from his death.

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago