park of Cabo de Gata, Almería, Spain
out your rights
in another country you can sometimes feel powerless
to complain when things go wrong. However, if people
don't complain how will anything change?
Money Saver Spain recently advertised in their
newsletter The European Consumer Centre in Spain.
It's in English and includes your consumer rights in
relation to air transport, car rental, e-commerce and
scams. We thought it was worth passing on to you:
a little bizarrely the website also contains advice
about travelling to Brazil for the World Cup.
If you were thinking about seeing the matches first
hand then here is the advice for you:
far should or can the state legislate? The inclusion
of household chores as a duty for children in
Spain has received much international media attention.
It is hard to see, however, how any law such as this
could be enforced in any real way.
Helping with the housework is perhaps the least important
element of the new law. It also introduces safeguarding
checks on people working with children. This is
already a high priority and established practice in
many other countries. You can find out more details:
about moving abroad
usually us who are giving it so it makes a change to
read someone else's version of how to make a successful
move from your home country. It's not just about
moving to Spain and it is interesting to see how similar
it is in other countries too:
you see the One-Show?
One Show is a BBC programme and the issue broadcast
earlier in May investigated why ex-pats are leaving
Spain. This programme focused around the news that 90,000
British people had left the country:
got our own thoughts about this too. We'd love to hear
laws in Spain
seems to be a topic that is really concerning people.
New driving laws are being introduced that it
is important to be aware of.
We've summarised some of the most important points but
realise there is still a lot of detail that's missing.
Hopefully this will become clearer in time and before
the fines are handed out:
addition we are very grateful to Graham Shelton for
his entertaining article, now published on our Spain
Explained website. There was lots of information about
driving in Spain that I wasn't aware of:
a good look at ourselves
the past few newsletters we've encouraged dialogue around
the kind of expat we are. In this blog post by
Tamara, she encourages us to recognise that somewhere,
for all of us, was the desire to chase the sun, however
we might deny it.
It's a well-written and thought-provoking article and
one that has tempted me to read up on 'Ernest' for
lucky we are
you ever been fed up with Spanish bureaucracy?
Felt sorry for yourself for the hurdles they seem to
put in your way? Read this and bask too in the good
fortune we all share and never moan again…:
did Spain vote in the European elections?
you live here or not, the political choices that the
Spanish people make will have an impact on your
property. You might be interested to find out how they
voted this time round in the European elections.
This link provides a commentary on the statistics that
show a drop away from the main two parties and some
For the full results for Spain and other European
10 smartest cities in Europe
list, this time conducted by American magazine Fast
Company (who?). We might not know exactly how the
top ten was decided on, but it always makes interesting
reading. Which Spanish city, if any, do you think might
feature? To find out the answer: