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

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

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  • How to really annoy a Spaniard in 4 easy lessons

    Spanish people are renowned the world over for their tolerance, hospitality and love of fiestas, but there are some things about expats that they really don’t like, and sad to say they are justified in most of these things. Spain is the land of cheap booze, but who actually goes binge drinking an...

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    Blog Post created about 2 years ago
  • Algorfa - off the beaten track, but so much to see and do!

    Algorfa - off the beaten track, but so much to see and do!

    Never heard of Algorfa? You’re not alone – in fact when we fell in love with our garden apartment on the La Finca Golf Urbanisation just outside Algorfa, we certainly hadn’t, so when we told people in England about our new home, we said Algorfa was ‘Near Torrevieja.’ Seven years later, I realise...

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    Blog Post updated about 2 years ago
  • N332 Education - The real story on traffic laws from the traffic cops of Torrevieja

    N332 Education - The real story on traffic laws from the traffic cops of Torrevieja

    In January, the traffic cops of Torrevieja set up a Facebook page called N332 Education. It was aimed at passing on information regarding traffic laws, general laws and other useful information to English speaking expats in the Torrevieja and Orihuela Costa region of the Costa Blanca, through whi...

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    Blog Post updated about 2 years ago
  • Books on Spain: 'A Load of Bull' by Tim Parfitt

    Books on Spain: 'A Load of Bull' by Tim Parfitt

    One thing I love about books on Spain is that they give you an insight into life in the different regions, as well as often detailing the author’s own experiences as an expat. Sometimes, they’re also laugh-out-loud funny – so much so that when you turn the final page, you feel l...

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    Blog Post updated about 2 years ago
  • Oranges are not just for juicing!

    Oranges are not just for juicing!

    I often walk my dog Paddy through the orange groves. It’s so peaceful and fragrant, and I can safely let him off the leash to get all the exercise a 32 kilo puppy needs. Right now, the branches are bending and groaning, heavy with fruit, because there’s such a glut the growers are not bothering t...

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    Blog Post updated about 2 years ago
  • "The traffic cops in Torrevieja have created a special Facebook page to inform and educate on traffic laws, scams and avoiding crime. A lot of the content is also relevant to the whole of Spain, not just the Torrevieja region, and you can ask questions which will be answered by the people who know..." in the Forum Post called N332 Education Facebook Page - Traffic info from the traffic cops!
    Forum Post created about 2 years ago
  • "I think the best thing to do would be to buy a ticket for the Bus Turustic, for one or two days. That takes you all around the city, on 3 different routes. and it’s definitely the best way to get around, as there are 3 routes and you can hop on and off whenever and wherever you wish. https:..." in the Forum Post called Mobile World Congress 2015
    Forum Post created about 2 years ago
  • "Costa Women is a free to join social, business and networking resource for women all over Spain. Many areas have regular meet ups – there are groups on the Costa Del Sol, Costa Blanca, Almeria and Gibraltar, among others. Check out the website – maybe you can benefit from being a Cost..." in the Forum Post called Costa Women - A great way for expats to network and socialise!
    Forum Post updated over 2 years ago
  • Costa Women - Networking and socialising for women all over Spain

    Costa Women - Networking and socialising for women all over Spain

    Ladies, have you come across Costa Women in your trawls through the Internet? If not, maybe you should take a look. It’s a free online social and business community for women living and working in Spain, and those who are preparing to make the move, or even just researching the possibiliti...

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    Blog Post updated over 2 years ago
  • "At the time of writng, £1 Sterling buys you €1.33. It’s the best rate of exchange for around 6 years, and it’s the rate you’ll get if you take your money into one of the many currency exchange offices in Spain. However, it’s not necessarily the rate you will get at banks, ..." in the Forum Post called Don't change Sterling to Euros in the UK!
    Forum Post created over 2 years ago
  • Writers On Spain: Matthew Hirtes

    Writers On Spain: Matthew Hirtes

    Most Writers On Spain have a story to tell. Some – like Yours Truly – become writers when they move to Spain, because they are inspired by the beauty of Spain, the lifestyle, the food, the people, the duende (the soul of Spain, as embodied in flamenco), or a combination of some or all of these t...

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    Blog Post updated over 2 years ago
  • Books on Spain: Catalonia is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

    Books on Spain: Catalonia is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective

    This is the first of an occasional series of reviews on books about Spain, and I’m kicking off with Simon Harris’ Catalonia is Not Spain: A Historical Perspective. This book is a combination of Spanish and Catalan history, informed opinion on the Catalonia Question and a deeply personal insight i...

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    Blog Post updated over 2 years ago
  • "It’s a Spanish tradition that you should wear red underwear on Nochevieja (New Year’s Eve) to bring good luck for the coming year. After a particularly bad 2013, I decided to try the custom last year. Did it work? Well, it was a very good year for me professionally as a writer, and on..." in the Forum Post called Did you wear red underwear on New Year's Eve?
    Forum Post created over 2 years ago
  • "From 2015, British pensioners resident in Spain will no longer receive the Winter Fuel Allowance. Iain Duncan Smith says it’s ‘offensive’ thaeny t people should receive it when they live in a warm country. Well, I find it offensive that the payment – which was originally d..." in the Forum Post called British expats in Spain to lose Winter Fuel Allowance
    Forum Post created over 2 years ago
  • Halogen ovens: save on electric as your food cooks to perfection!

    Halogen ovens: save on electric as your food cooks to perfection!

    It takes me a while to cotton on to new technology, so I only recently bought a halogen oven. Still, better late than never, as the saying goes! Since I’ve had it, I’ve been trying out various things, so I decided to cook Christmas dinner in the halogen oven, and keep the regular oven...

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    Blog Post updated over 2 years ago