Posts Tagged ‘Spanish life’


Posted on December 21st, 2010 by by Theresa

Tipple number 5: A Whisky called Dyc

Why should you swap steady old JB or Ballentines for a brand with such a smirk-inducing name? Well, it’s more economical for starters – about a third of the price in the supermarket, and possibly a Euro or two cheaper for a copa in a bar. And if you’re going to do like the Spanish in […]

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Posted on December 16th, 2010 by by admin

Tipple number 4 – Pacharán (candy in a glass)

Also spelt with a t and an x, pacharán is a Designation of Origin product of the Autonomous Community of Navarra. To its detractors, the deep raspberry- coloured ‘syrup’ looks, smells and tastes like cough medicine, to its fans, it’s candy for grown-ups in a glass. The first thing that hits you is the aniseed, […]

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Posted on August 3rd, 2010 by by Theresa

The Art of Summering

Guaranteed scorchio and sunshine and blue skies, sultry evenings and the scent of jasmine and a glass or three of fine chilled white wine for under €3 a bottle, there’s nothing quite like a Spanish summer. She says, after coming back from a 12-day stint of English drizzle and cloud and occasional burst of sun.  […]

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Posted on April 30th, 2010 by by Theresa

Hungry, heaving or headlights? Hand Signals Part 2

Two of the first fillers you ever pick up in Spanish are más o menos (more or less) and así-así (so-so), phrases that you hear over and over again in everyday exchanges. Half the time you don’t even hear them: you see them. “How was the exam?” Hold out your arm and rotate your wrist […]

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Posted on April 6th, 2010 by by Theresa

Ferrets and falsies

Shopping in Spain reminds me of how things used to be in the UK. Yes, there are masses of out of town shopping centres, and yes, you will find all the major chains in the High Street, but there’s still room for the ‘little guys’, for the quirky independent establishments that somehow manage to thrive […]

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