Posts Tagged ‘Spain’


Posted on September 17th, 2010 by by Valerie

Horchata, again

“Cold liquids in the hot dry summers of Spain are necessaries, not luxuries; […]. At Madrid an agreeable drink is sold in the streets; it is called ‘Michi Michi’, from the Valencian ‘Mitj e Mitj’, ‘half and half’ […]. It is made of equal portions of barley-water and orgeat of ‘Chufas’, and is highly iced.” […]

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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 December 21st, 2009 by by Theresa

sixteen things you never knew about navidad: Part 3

Grape swallowing gene. Yes, yes, you know all about stuffing your mouth full of grapes but did you know that this New Year’s Eve custom only goes back to the beginning of the last century? Apparently, it was dreamed up by Valencia grape-growers in 1909 as a way of off-loading an extra-bumper crop. Although the […]

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Posted on April 8th, 2008 by by Theresa

Bits of business

The other day I went down the mountain to do some gestiones. Down the mountain. Bit of an exaggeration; Macharaviaya, the village where I live is only 240 metres above sea level, but it’s ten minutes of spiralling downhill bends to get to the coast, so ‘down the mountain’ it is. Bueno, back to the […]

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Posted on January 20th, 2008 by by Valerie

Spanish Snow

Hello from rainy Manchester, where I’m visiting my mother. I left Barcelona in balmy, springlike weather. We flew over the snow-capped Pyrenees. And I thought: they look like meringue. And remembered the Spanish expression for beating egg whites till they form stiff peaks: montar las claras a punto de nieve – to snow point. And […]

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