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Archive for December, 2007

Winning the bread

December 31st, 2007

After 5 months it’s back to work for me! Well, for 2 hours a week anyway: I need to break myself in gently. Thanks to a small language school in a nearby town, I’m teaching English to a class of 12-14 year old Spanish kids in the evening. The school is very relaxed and the […]

Not your average Christmas Day

December 30th, 2007

After a Christmas breakfast of scrambled eggs (Dave’s favourite), we exchanged presents. I was happy to find lots of Cadbury’s and Thornton’s in my stocking – my family know me well. Dave and I had lots of well chosen travel gifts, including a device which relieves the pain of bites and stings by delivering a […]

Family Christmas in Spain

December 29th, 2007

I’d been looking forward to Dec 21st for a long time – it was the day my family arrived in Spain for Christmas and I was so excited. I did a big food shop in the morning, a total of 4 hours in 4 supermarkets (I’ve never hosted Xmas before and had the added handicap […]

Los Alcazares: Friendly visitors

December 28th, 2007

Never one to turn down an offer to go on holiday, my good friend Liz responded to my please-come-and-visit-us e-mail with the words ‘you don’t need to ask twice’ and promptly booked herself and boyfriend Mark onto flights to visit us in December. Their holiday wish list included eating tapas and seafood, so we whisked […]

Cartagena: Thanks to Paprika and Rob

December 20th, 2007

At the Sailing Association of Mar Menor meeting we met Rob, an English guy who sold up everything in the UK, bought a yacht named ‘Paprika’ and sailed her down to Spain. Paprika is now based in Cartagena, the closest city to Los Alcazares, and Rob kindly offered to take us out sailing for the […]

Broken comments NOT fixed

December 19th, 2007

In direct contrast to my recent entry, the comments facility on this blog is still not working properly. You may have tried to leave a comment recently: Whilst the comment that you enter is recorded ok, the ‘loading page’ image in your browser never stops ‘spinning’. Two of the, erm, greatest IT minds are working […]

Andalucia: Troglodytes

December 19th, 2007

Following our little tour around the lakes, it was time to drive the 400km back to our flat. With no time to plan or research this trip, we had no idea what sights or experiences we’d encounter on the long journey home. So we were pleasantly surprised when our route took us past the Sierra […]

Andalucia: The Lake District

December 18th, 2007

You might recall that Squiffy & I started off our travels in the UK. The [British] Lake District was somewhere that I was (still am) looking forward to seeing. Unfortunately at the time the rain stopped play and we headed south to find some sun. So when I opened our Back Roads of Southern Spain […]

Malaga: Rocks!

December 17th, 2007

Following the Irish wedding in Cork, we couldn’t get a direct flight back to the Spanish airport nearest to our apartment in Los Alcazares, Mar Menor. Instead we had to fly to Malaga, which is on the south coast of Spain and about a five hour drive from our ‘home’. Rather than attempt to mad-dash […]

Broken comments now fixed.

December 14th, 2007

Quite a few people have reported to us the problems they with leaving comments on this blog. I’m really sorry for the frustration that it caused you. Hopefully, I’ve fixed the problem now — so please do try leaving us a comment (and let me know if you still get problems).