Archive for the ‘Spain’ Category


Posted on September 2nd, 2010 by by Valerie

Garlic Moments: A Train in Spain

Christa Mundin of Gandía reports on her trip home from Barcelona last week. Arrived home safely but very late after a fun-packed journey. I arrived at the station in Barcelona to find the train was delayed by an hour and a half due to a fire at Montpellier station, its point of departure.  No probs, […]

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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 April 3rd, 2008 by by Valerie

Between Two Fires

Between Two Fires: Guerrilla War in the Spanish Sierras is a gripping and deeply moving new book about “Spain’s forgotten war” by award-winning journalist David Baird written after five years of painstaking research. Published by Maroma Press

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Posted on March 30th, 2008 by by Valerie

El Prat

In view of the mega debacle at Heathrow’s Terminal 5 last week, and the chaos last summer at Barcelona’s Aeroport del Prat, we can only wait in trepidation to see what happens when the new Terminal Sur opens in 2009. It’s already behind schedule. According to Aena, the Spanish airport authority, (I translate) “The new […]

Posted on March 13th, 2008 by by Valerie

Funcionary: Fall Around Laughing

Does fighting the bureaucrats wear you out? Do you always have a form missing? Do you feel lost when applying for government subsidies? Well now you can practice with the hot new game… Practice your Spanish while falling around laughing. Here’s a transcript of the original Spanish and an English translation courtesy of In The […]