Cool Cadiz? You bet

I asked myself this question as I read an article in the Spanish press reporting on the choice of Cadiz province as 1 of the New York Times 52 Places to Go in 2019. The piece translated the “hip” used in the original to “cool” in Spanish. At the time, we had a trip planned …Read more

30 years in Spain – first impressions of Spain

2019 marks a milestone in my life in Spain: 30 years. This year is my pearl anniversary of living permanently in Spain. That nice round number – 3 decades – lends itself to reflection so part of my blog this year will feature a series of posts celebrating my 30 years in Spain. In the …Read more

Where are the professionals?

I’ve lived and worked in Spain for a long time now. Almost 30 years in fact but not until recently have I needed anyone to work for me in my business. I’ve had cleaners and child minders, but never employed anyone in a professional capacity. Until now. I have spent the last month or so …Read more

Choosing the right niche for tourism on the Costa del Sol

The powers that be in the marketing business are always looking for another angle to tourism on the Costa del Sol. Every year lots of money and hours are spent on dreaming up new themes to entice more and more holidaymakers to the coastline in Malaga province. Not an easy task in one of Europe’s …Read more

5 reasons why we should ALL be joining the feminist strike

This Thursday 8 March, International Women’s Day, a feminist strike has been called in Spain. Women from all over the country and from all walks of life have been asked to join 24 hours of strike in support of women’s issues. All of which need resolving. It’s the first strike of its kind and has …Read more

(Right) Off the beaten track in Malaga

Truly getting off the beaten track in Malaga is not easy. Hardly surprising when the province is home to a population of 1.6 million and the Costa del Sol. But just occasionally you can find yourself in the absolute middle of nowhere. Bobastro near Ardales is one of those places.

Being European – Cycling round Lake Constance

Maybe it was the schnitzel with noodles for dinner on the first evening, but my recent holiday cycling round Lake Constance had a definite Sound of Music to it. Same glorious mountain views and picture-perfect villages. Constant Favourite Things ear worms. But a whole lot more water and zero nuns. As well as providing endless …Read more

Ever asked yourself why are the Spanish so… ?

Ask Google “why are the Spanish so …?”, then pause and wait for the search engine to come up with some ideas. An interesting list of possible queries pop up in your search box. In this blog post, I take a look at the 4 options that came up for my search and ask if …Read more

What does being bilingual really mean?

Being bilingual seems to be fashionable at the moment. By that, I mean it’s a term bandied around on LinkedIn profiles, CVs and job requests. I’ve noticed it so much recently that it’s almost as if anyone who speaks two languages qualifies as bilingual. But are they really?

Behind the scenes at Malaga Airport

It’s funny to arrive at Malaga Airport knowing that you’re not actually going anywhere. It’s also strange to know that you’re going past the check-in desks and beyond security to somewhere few passengers ever get to see. I’m with the Costa Press Club and we’re taking a look behind the scenes at Malaga Airport.   …Read more