apologise to our newsletter readers for the absence
of a June issue. Unfortunately technical difficulties
meant that this one slipped by. We are now back on form
with our July issue.
tips for water safety
safety has got off to a slow start this year with lifeguards
surprisingly absent from the main beaches on Orihuela
Costa until well into the summer season. With 155
people dying last year in Spain during July and August
we have compiled our tips for keeping safe in the
water. Why not share them with your visitors and
friends, after reading them yourself of course:
do want tourists to come… really
you might not want to contribute personally to an increase
in tourist numbers, it is good news generally
Apparently, it is forecast that there will be, in total,
more than 64 million visitors to Spain in 2014.
As long as they're not all staying at mine, that has
to be a good thing:
reasons why Spain crashed out of the world cup
many of us the world cup this year was something of
a damp squib. But why did Spain do so badly?
Just in case you haven't had enough of football, you
might like to read in English a Spanish paper's
take on what happened to its champions:
author to meet the Spanish King?
Banville, has won the Prince of Asturias literature
award. A little ironic given recent events as the Prince
of Asturias was the title given to King Felipe VI when
he was crown prince.
The Asturias Foundation awards prizes every year
in eight different fields to those who they consider
make a significant contribution to their field.
John Banville, 68, has written a variety of books
including thrillers, screenplays, drama adaptations
and literary criticism. Now it just remains to see who
will hand him the award. With the prince recently crowned
as king, it is unlikely that he will do this personally
in October when the presentation is made:
information about the new driving law
the subject of the new driving laws, we realised
since publishing our last article just how much confusion
and concern there is. We've now tried to expand our
original article to help answer your queries.
However, we are still waiting for further information
in the Spanish equivalent to the Highway Code:
beware - put your helmet on!
new driving laws now in place it looks as though the
police are going to be more vigilant when it comes to
checking up on helmet wearing by cyclists.
To find out the law as it currently stands and why some
people object to it:
your visitors outstay their welcome?
all part of the learning curve if you live in Spain;
how you cope with the trail of visitors who search you
out once they know you're living somewhere warm and
The good news is that it does tend to drop off with
the years and as inquisitiveness is satisfied. However,
it can cause problems, particularly if you are
This interesting article provides a good summary
of the issues and some possible solutions:
to get angry
course, we hope that you never need to get angry in
Spain, but there is a slight possibility that you might,
at some point, want to express yourself a little
more strongly. It can also be useful to recognise when
someone is perhaps not too happy with you either.
Here, The Local introduces us to 8 great phrases,
so get practising:
we're dabbling in the language, I couldn't resist this
either. Beckham's embarrassment at his Spanish
speaking will be shared by many who will be able to
empathise with him.
balanced introduction to the Civil War
those foreigners with a real interest in the history
of Spain, understanding the Spanish Civil War feels
like a near impossible task.
In case you wanted to know more but didn't dare ask,
this article presents what seems to be a balanced
and interesting account of some of the main issues
for Spain past, present and future - it's worth a read:
article that examines not only Spain's approach to putting
the civil war behind them, but that of other