fiesta of San Fermín
- fast, fast trains
is a big country and getting from one part of it to
another can mean a lengthy journey. However,
the increasing number of AVE trains look set to make
travelling around the country a great deal easier.
The latest train to be inaugurated runs from Alicante
to Madrid and is set to bring the travel time down
between the two cities to around 2 hours 20 minutes
- a 50 minute reduction on the fastest train travel
time to date:
about Spanish Health Care
Local comes up with another good article that summarises
concerns about the direction that Spanish Health
Care is taking. It does point out, however, that
the situation is not irreversible.
Three issues are flagged up:
1. the end of universal coverage in 2012
2. co-payment for medicines
3. the impact of privatization on hospitals
good to be true?
Mayors and bureaucrats have received a great deal
of negative press recently. How nice to actually come
across a story that suggests they can be altruistic
too. The Local again comes up with a rather pleasant
story that states that the mayor of Jaen is halving
his €1,000 salary to help the poor:
is a topic that in the current economic crisis is bound
to lead to some heated debate. This is an interesting
article that perhaps puts it all in perspective.
It focuses around the UK and Spain but could apply equally
to the 'mood' in many other countries too:
power of attack
unrest in Europe continues to maintain its presence
amongst the headlines. This is an interesting article
translated into English from a German Newspaper.
It points out that the current protests are more about
preserving what's been (the welfare state) than attacking
the establishment. It's an interesting perspective with
a thought-provoking concluding statement:
'defence, which lacks the power of conquest, can never
be as poweful as attack.' One for Facebook?
hard you try to buy everything from Spain there are
usually one or two items that just aren't quite the
same. For some people, ordering from Amazon fills a
gap. It was with delight that it was announced that
you could order and have items delivered here for free.
Unfortunately it looks as though this is no longer the
case. However, you should remember that there is also
a Spanish Amazon.es site that might prove to
be a better option, although you may not be able to
access all the items you would like:
News - Imserso
news at last about the Spanish government subsidised
holiday programme for resident pensioners. The window
for new Imserso applications has opened
again. They have not left us much time to submit applications
but at least something is happening out there.
We do have a number of application forms that we were
unfortunately unable to process last year. We will be
working our way through those and aiming to submit as
many as possible.
If you are not yet registered but had contacted us in
the meantime, we have kept your details and will send
you an e-mail to let you know our arrangements for assisting
you to register.
is upping the game
the stories of gloom and doom there are also the slivers
of hope. Some recent property figures from the Spanish
Land Registry (el registro de propriedades) show a buoyant
market with foreigners purchasing an increasing propertion
of the property sold.
The overall number of house sales to foreigners has
risen from 4.24% of overall sales in 2009 to 8.12% in
2012. Altogether in 2012, 24,938 Spanish properties
were sold to foreign buyers. Britain was still the biggest
market followed by France, Russia, Germany and Belgium.
To make the most of this, Valencia has launched its
own website for property buyers:
website content is available in English and covers some
important topics in relation to buying and living in
Valencia. If you are considering buying it is worth
a look although there is perhaps a little way to
go before it become an indispensable resource.
Airport on Facebook
airport is now on Facebook. Does this mean they
are revving up for launch?
Here are other news stories surrounding the controversial
Sometimes the more you try to impose restrictions,
the more restrictions become necessary as a result.
A perfect example of this is hand luggage on flights.
At one time your luggage just went in the hold. Then
it got more expensive to put it there and the attraction
of a speedier board and departure led to more and more
people cramming everything into their hand luggage.
This in turn led to more and more congestion in the
overhead lockers. Followed by more and more restrictions
on size and shape. Well, it's not ended yet.
Just to add another twist to the tail, Easy jet
are making their hand luggage even smaller from 2nd
July. I wonder what will be next?
CF football club
in the first division next season