Posts Tagged ‘life in Spain’


Posted on November 29th, 2011 by by Valerie

December in Spain

If  you think that December is an ordinary working month with a bit of extra shopping and a few days off for Christmas, think again. Here, December is about as productive as August, when the whole of Spain grinds to a halt. You simply cannot expect to buy a house, get a new kitchen put […]

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Posted on November 15th, 2010 by by Theresa

The English Key

How is an English key different to a Spanish key, a Portuguese key, an American key or to any-other-nationality sort of key? Well, it ain’t a key at all, as anyone living in Spain with even the lightest smattering of DIY savvy will surely know. Your English key, your llave inglesa, is in fact an […]

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Posted on September 21st, 2010 by by Theresa

Searching for Snuff

Have you heard about the new tienda de informática called Snuff? Bit of a weird name, I know, but there you go. In Málaga, of course, it’s pronounced something like ‘Ehnaf’ or even ‘Ehnah’. Which is where this story starts. I was in the electronics store Worten – to say it right in Spanish screw […]

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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 July 20th, 2010 by by Valerie

The Car Inspection

One of my least favourite summer-in-the-city rituals is the ITV – that is, the yearly Inspección Técnica de Vehículos.  Mine is always due in late July, when Barcelona is at its stickiest and most irritable. Last year, despite having hora (an appointment), I sat for hours (with air-con bust) in a queue that stretched a […]

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