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

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  • Blog Posts: 159
  • Forum Posts: 128
  • Classified Ads: 0
  • Blog Comments: 2
  • Hotel Comments: 0
  • Total Comments: 2

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  • Keeping your cool on hot summer nights in Spain

    Keeping your cool on hot summer nights in Spain

    Hot summer nights are great for barbecues or a stroll on the beach, but not so good when it comes to getting a sound night’s sleep. According to some reports, this has been the hottest summer in Spain for 100 years, with June and July featuring temperatures in the high 30s and even 40s, and...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • The history of empanadas

    The history of empanadas

    Empanadas are the Spanish equivalent of British Cornish Pasties or steak and kidney pies, and Indian samosas, among other things. There’s not a lot of pastry in typical Spanish cuisine, but empanadas, or smaller versions called empanadillas, come with all sorts of fillings – meat, fis...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Spanish food for autumn - Estofado de Garbanzos y Patatas

    Spanish food for autumn - Estofado de Garbanzos y Patatas

    I absolutely adore Spanish food, particularly the kind of ‘peasant style’ stews and soups. They are ideal for autumn and winter, and some of them are even light enough to be enjoyed all year round. A great favourite of mine is estofado de garbanzos y patatas, or chickpea and potato stew. L...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • No Ordinary Expat: Samantha Biddles

    No Ordinary Expat: Samantha Biddles

    I’ve interviewed some great personalities for this series , but Samantha Biddles has to be one of the most entertaining, interesting and altruistic people I’ve ever come across. We met for lunch and chatted for four hours, and I learned more about Algorfa in that time than I have in 7 years of li...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • Notes on the Notary

    In Spain, when you make a major purchase, like a property, for instance, it must involve the Notary. He is one of the most powerful and respected figures in Spanish life, and whatever your nationality, you must involve the Notary in any major transaction such as buying a property. In England, if ...

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    Blog Post created over 1 year ago
  • "Last week, my husband wanted some spare blades for a jigsaw he bought from a German company. He only paid €10 for shipping, but it turns out that is the ‘across the board’ shipping price, and he had to pay the same for the spare blades – which incidentally cost about €15! So we ..." in the Forum Post called DX.com offers free shipping to Spain
    Forum Post created over 1 year ago
  • "If you’re thinking of buying a property on the Costa Blanca, you may be interested in this service. For just £49 per person, including flights, 4 star hotel and transport, you can fly to the Costa Blanca and be met by someone who will explain all about life in Spain, and discuss your requir..." in the Forum Post called Sunzone Properties Property inspection trips Costa Blanca
    Forum Post created over 1 year ago
  • Taking a fresh look at figs

    Taking a fresh look at figs

    If you’ve been hitting the markets in Spain – and who hasn’t? – you may have noticed that there are fresh figs everywhere. Many people are not quite sure how to handle fresh figs, being more accustomed to dried figs. Dried figs are also very healthy, but it’s a great...

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    Blog Post updated over 1 year ago
  • No Ordinary Expat: Dave Bull - Breakfast Show DJ on Real Radio International and much more

    No Ordinary Expat: Dave Bull - Breakfast Show DJ on Real Radio International and much more

    Where to start to describe Real Radio International’s breakfast show host, Dave Bull? The guy has slotted so much into the 16 years he’s been in Spain, there’s enough for an autobiography – and incidentally he’s on Volume Two of that. In a previous life in Brighton, Dave sold pies – yes, really! ...

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    Blog Post updated almost 2 years ago
  • The best tipples Spain has to offer

    One of the big attractions of Spain – apart from sun, sea and sangria – is the cheap alcohol. Whatever your favourite tipple, you can get it at a fraction of the price in Spain. However, if you’re prepared to be adventurous and try out some of the brands you’ve maybe never heard of, rather than s...

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    Blog Post created almost 2 years ago
  • No Ordinary Expat: Phil Morrison

    No Ordinary Expat: Phil Morrison

    Like many of the expats I’ve interviewed for this series and for the Writers On Spain series, Phil Morrison has ended up doing something completely different in Spain from his former life in England. Originally from London, these days Phil, AKA The Flexible Chef, hosts tailor made cooking and wal...

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    Blog Post updated almost 2 years ago
  • "Spain has broken yet another record, with more blue flag beaches than any other in the world – 577 to be exact. That places Spain at the top of the list internationally. All the facts and figures are here: http://www.thelocal.es/20150514/spain-awarded-r… The figures make impressive re..." in the Forum Post called Spain has most blue flag beaches in the world
    Forum Post created almost 2 years ago
  • "British expats are up in arms over the decision to hold a referendum on remaining in the EU. Those who have been resident in Spain for more than 15 years will not be entitled to vote, yet these are the people who will be affected most by a ‘No’ vote. In the worst case scenario, should..." in the Forum Post called British expats may be denied vote in EU referendum
    Forum Post created almost 2 years ago
  • Dave Bull’s walking tours of Alicante – new for 2015

    Dave Bull’s walking tours of Alicante – new for 2015

    Dave Bull has lived in nearby Gran Alacant for 16 years, and he’s made it his mission to learn all he can about the history and culture of his adopted home. One thing that really gets his goat is when people come to live or come for a holiday in the region, and don’t investigate the back story. T...

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    Blog Post updated almost 2 years ago
  • Choosing a Spanish bank

    When you buy a property in Spain, you need to open a Spanish bank account. It’s necessary for payment of utility bills, and it makes economic sense as well. If you use a Spanish bank for all your Spanish transactions, you will not be charged conversion fees. If you don’t know much about Spanish b...

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    Blog Post created almost 2 years ago