Archive for the ‘Bureacracy’ Category


Posted on June 8th, 2011 by by admin

Garlic Moments: Lost in Translation

Rosie Reay of Jesús (Tortosa) shares her hilariously surreal British passport renewal experience. Don’t you just love it every time you need to renew your documents in Spain? This saga has been running (should I say dawdling) along two channels. Since December we have been endeavouring to renew my mother’s passport. Under the EU you […]

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Posted on May 11th, 2010 by by admin

Garlic Moments: Not a Cybercafe

Applying for self-employed sick pay in Spain.

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Posted on April 13th, 2010 by by Valerie

Identity Crisis

A lot of people from the UK react with shock horror when I say that I am still Valerie Collins. They expect me to have a Spanish married name: some sort of aristocratic double or triple barreled mouthful: at the very least an exotic and probably unpronounceable surname. But many of them don’t realise that […]

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Posted on March 9th, 2010 by by Valerie

Garlic Moments: Correos and the Ley de Falta Uno

Recently I fell foul of La Ley de Falta Uno (The Law of One Thing Missing), which, as formulated by us, states that you can never ever complete a bureaucratic transaction in one go. Even something as apparently straightforward as picking up a registered letter at Correos is also subject to the law, as I […]

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Posted on March 3rd, 2010 by by Valerie

Garlic Moments: Phones and Numbers

We all know what a Garlic Moment is.  Send us yours and we’ll post the best: they should not only be amusing but also helpful and instructive.  To kick off, here’s Georgina Tremayne from Barcelona with – what else? – a telephone problem. Fatal Construction Moving from one apartment to another apartment in the same […]

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