Archive for the ‘Expats’ Category


Posted on December 15th, 2010 by by admin

With A Rose Between Her Teeth

Here’s a direct link to Valerie’s story WITH A ROSE BETWEEN HER TEETH, a hilarious take on the expat experience in Spain. Please leave your comments and let Valerie know what you think of the story.

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Posted on November 22nd, 2010 by by admin

With A Rose Between Her Teeth

And now for something completely different. We are delighted to announce that one of Valerie’s funniest stories, With A Rose Between Her Teeth, was selected for inclusion in the Writers Abroad Short Story Anthology 2010. This is a fictional take on the British in Spain, most definitely in the Garlic spirit, written with Valerie’s hallmark humour […]

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Posted on March 12th, 2008 by by Valerie

Girona: An Armchair Guide

A couple of weeks ago I was in Girona to promote our book In The Garlic. I really like Girona. It’s quieter and more laid back and less built up than Barcelona. But it’s still – I hesitate to use this done-to-death word – vibrant. I was there for, amongst other things, a meeting of […]

Posted on January 4th, 2008 by by Valerie

No em busquis…

Problems with the neighbours – with the comunidad de propietarios, or in more colloquial terms, the escalera de vecinos. The owners’ association or ‘staircase of neighbours’ never fails to elicit groans and horror stories from everyone who has ever lived in a block of flats in Spain here (and not only in Spain). The escalera […]

Posted on January 1st, 2008 by by Valerie

Feliz Año

Buenos días, Feliz Año, Bon Any, and welcome to the In The Garlic blog. Apart from washing my face and drinking coffee this morning (oh, and eating a stale madalena), kicking off this blog is my very first action of 2008. A madalena is a typically Spanish lemon-tanged cup cake or what in my Manchester […]