We have had an influx recently. A rising tide some might say. More and more people looking to retire to Valencia and every single one of these people has different reasons for coming here. Traditionally, people retire to Spain for the climate among a plethora of other reasons but todayContinue reading
Can I just say I cannot write anymore! Probably the best post, the most complete anyway, ever written about Valencia. Do you want to see it? Here it is. Valencia: There’s more to Spanish city life than Madrid and Barcelona. Nothing more to say really. That’s superb. (Jealous Moi!?) And just toContinue reading
100 Reasons to Move to Spain A couple of years ago I did a video series which was very well received called 100 Tips For People Thinking of Moving To Spain (catchy title eh?) well my summer project for this year is another 100 video series and it is goingContinue reading
I wrote a Note on the Valencia Property Facebook page that was quite well received. Click on the link to see it there and like the page while there if you want ;-). However I thought those people who don’t use Facebook may like to take a look too. So here are 15 things that Brits say when in Spain that demonstrate that they don’t understand the country… yet!
It took Apple a long time to approve this time, it seems that they don’t rest on the eighth day though and finally Spanish Property Magazine issue 5 was approved and is now in the app store. This is the longest issue yet with an extra special on the Spanish Road Trip following on from this month’s issue.
For the longest time now I have been looking into what inspires people to move to Spain. Is it because of the usual suspects of better weather and siestas or are there other reasons to do it? In order to look into the reasons I thought I would follow theContinue reading
The last two weeks in Valencia have had people complaining about the heat but funnily enough it is not actually as hot as normal according to the numbers, just around 32 degrees every day. However we are getting a really humid period at the moment and you walk around dripping. This is not the case in all parts of Spain, Madrid is a lot hotter but dry, Seville just gets seriously hot, North West Spain copies the UK weather patterns, rain, sunny spells and if it isn’t raining it has just rained or it’s about to rain.
After a hiatus we are back with our summer special. Some actual positive news out of Spain and a few stories you may have missed under the radar because it seems that only bad news sells.
So Spain is Different 20 can be seen here with stories including:
1) If Not France, Why Not Spain?
2) A Tourist Visit To Aragón
3) The A-Z of Seville
I thought I would put together a video of images taken in the Valencia community. Then I thought that it would be good if I could put it together into a little competition with a prize. I had my last few copies of Laptop Entrepreneur sitting around here so thereContinue reading
I really hate writing articles when an open goal is presented and it is like shooting fish in a barrel but the French government has just presented Spain with a historic opportunity.
Well the Spanish government has started to try and encourage foreign investment by two measures:
Firstly, as a foreigner, if you buy a property this year then they have cut any potential capital gains tax in half. Secondly, and this one is under consideration at the moment, if you buy a property for more than 250,000 euros then you may well be granted automatic residency (a nod to the far East buyers and eastern Europe perhaps) Couple this with the prices having fallen by around 40% from peak and there is a great opportunity to pick up some excellent bargain property in Spain.
The nineteenth issue of Spain is Different is now out. It is a cornucopia of posts from a Facebook group I have of Writers and Bloggers About Spain. Of course on the suggestion of Yolanda, one of the members of the group, we should rename it as “Writers Against Bullsh*it About Spain” due to a lot of the rubbish being put out there at the moment especially in the Mail and Telegraph.
“It’s Bucharest Stupid” and a load of other stories from the last two weeks in Spain. Follow the Athletic Bilbao fans on their odyssey around Europe and find out why it doesn’t pay to get a geographical illiterate to plan your trip of a lifetime. Stories this week include
1) Black Economy news
2) Why Spain WILL leave the Euro (According to one economist)?
3) The robot fish sniffing out pollution in Asturias
4) Social Media in the Canary Islands
I realeased Spain is Different 16 a week and a half ago but didn’t put it onto the site, I was a tad overwhelmed with work. So here it is in its full glory featuring stories about:
1) The European Kids Association
2) Why Facebook Discussions Rock (A discussion about why Spain is a great place to live still despite everything)
3) How to Avoid Chicken Pox Spanish Style
We missed a week I know but life was just so busy with clients and then also the holidays and visits so this week I thought it would be right to make the Spain is Different Magazine a compilation of funny!
So to read about the Mayor who banned passing wind, the man who paid a fine for a dog he hasn’t got, how a minor member of the Royal Family shot himself in the foot and how a Madrid company is willing to pay you €2000 to watch the grass grow
Spain is Different Issue 14 has a bit of a theme about it. Simply put it has a shocking title but it has been a bit of a shocking week in Spain. We had a general strike, a budget and an amazing story (If true) about prostitutes and bankers in Madrid. So let’s have a look at what you get in Spain is Different 14.
1) Prostitutes, bankers and blackmail in the news
2) Saving the Olive Trees
3) Saving the Heart and Soul of Spain
I had to go away. I needed to visit the UK at very short notice so I had to delay editing and publishing the latest Spain is Different Magazine. Unlucky 13 definitely. But the good news now is that it is out, it’s late and it’s great. Loads of interesting stuff this week, not least from Valencia.
So here it is and what do you get this week?
The City of Arts and Sciences
The Jalon Valley
FC Barcelona Passing Coded Messages to the Syrian Rebels (Yep!)
Here is Spain is Different Issue 12 in which we announce our competition winners, a new competition for your photos and much more including;
General Strike news
Churros Shops in Disabled Parking Bays
A Woman Whose Legs Are Growing Back (Apparently)
66 Days in a Luxury Hotel
The Biggest Competition in Spain
Education in Spain
The Possible Collapse of Spanish Football
The Lure of Andalucia
The Comedy Circuit in Madrid
I put out the Spain is Different Magazine to the list yesterday and as usual the feedback and response was excellent. Thanks for that. So here it is on the blog. Download or look at the latest Spain in Different here. And what does it have this time?
The transition to democracy in Spain.
How to steal a cat
Do what you love and love what you do
There is a story in the latest Spain is Different Magazine about me and how I first came to the country. Why was it? Well it’s partially about Marco Tardelli, and if that doesn’t get you to read it in curiosity then nothing will.
You can see the latest Spain is Different here.
It also includes stories about.
Catalan Cultural Nationalism
Bureaucracy and Opening a Business in Spain
I wrote this a couple of years ago and people on my mailing list (Sign up below in the pop up) or those who read EZine Articles have seen it before but just realised that it had never been seen on this blog. So here you go the unofficial rules of driving in Spain.
Driving in Spain is fun on the open road as there is a huge country to be discovered and very few speed cameras out there in the middle of nowhere. However as you get into the big cities it becomes a lot less fun, or even funnier depending on your point of view.
What you need to know about this is the following:
1) You always have right of way if you have the loudest horn, are not nervous about sticking the front end of your car into oncoming traffic and don’t mind a few bumps and scratches