Easter in Elche, Alicante
facts about Spain
many of these were you aware of? Expatica has produced
a list of 30 facts about Spain. It provides an interesting
collection of general knowledge - enough material
for your own Pub Quiz! Did you know that nudity is legal
on term time holidays increase
regulations in the UK are making it even more expensive
for people with school-age children to visit Spain.
Changes to attendance legislation mean that headteachers
in the UK can only give permission for term-time absence
in exceptional circumstances.
With the continued hike in prices of flights, rentals
and package deals during the school holidays,
some families are being priced out of a foreign holiday
or trip abroad. Other are taking the risk and incurring
fines. To find out more:
kind of an expat are you?
noticed how much you enjoyed comparing yourselves to
The Local's 'What kind of an expat are you?' in our
We thought we'd take it one stage further with a few
little questions to find out what kind of an expat you
are. Why not try our quiz?:
of name for Aguagest
you have your water provided by Aguagest you
should be aware that they have changed their name to
Hidraqua. When you receive your water bill it
will contain the name Hidraqua instead of Aguagest.
views of Spain
day-by-day account of the weather along with stunning
photos of the region.
Even if you don't live in Torrevieja you might enjoy
having a daily insight into the weather in this part
of Spain. Some of these photos will definitely get
you in the mood for your holiday if you are a non-resident.
If you are a resident, enjoy basking in the beauty of
the country you've chosen to live in.
El tiempo en Torrevieja can be viewed at:
even better if you 'like' it on Facebook:
will get daily updates of the weather and at least one
(usually spectacular) photo to go with it.
Oscar Secrets - from The Local
Oscars might not be recommended viewing in their entirety,
being famous for long speeches and slow delivery. However,
The Local have given us a series of slides showing
Spanish Oscar Secrets that is recommended viewing:
tea and travel' Finding out about resident taxes, inheritance
to everyone who took the opportunity to meet up with
us at our 'Tax, Tea and Travel' events.
We ran three events around the region. The first in
second in La Zenia:
third in Mazarrón:
each event, Ábaco experts went out into the community
to answer your questions about tax, inheritance and
to help you apply for Imserso, the subsidised Spanish
If you weren't able to attend these, we do have another
event planned in Fortuna on the 8th April from
11.00 until 1.00 at the Cafe Teatro, Leana Balneario
in Fortuna, Murcia. If you would like to attend
please contact Jane on 96 670 3748 or visit our website:
Ayuda - helping the community
recession in Spain has impacted particularly badly on
the neediest and most vulnerable. Many unemployed adults
have a family to support. The welfare system
is not as generous as it is in some other parts of Europe.
Abaco Ayuda (Help) was created in order to do something
about the difficult circumstances that many families,
and consequently children, find themselves in.
We have chosen to focus on projects and appeals that
relate specifically to children. If you would like to
know more about how you can contribute (and we are looking
for all different types of contributions) then
visit our Ábaco Ayuda website:
your card here
publicised Spain's transplant record in the newsletter
before. Now's your chance if you are resident here to
make it even better. You can apply for a free organ
donation card and register as an organ donor on
It is quite a simple process that allows you to receive a card to download immediately.
are restoring Galicia
is a rather interesting, short article from Spanish
Property Report. Alongside being famous for the best
seafood, stunning countryside and a reasonable cost
of living, Galician ruins are apparently being
bought and restored by Scandinavians:
on Corvera Airport
all gone quiet on Corvera. With good reason. The airport's
projected opening time (yes, another one) of September
2014, unsurprisingly is likely not to be met. So the
story goes on and the deadlines continue. Murcia
Today once more provides a good summary of the situation
to date but with no end in sight:
you had a traffic fine recently?
word is, that they are on the increase. This item from
Money Saver Spain might be useful, just in case…