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May is, in my humble opinion, one of
place in the sun that many of us now
the best months of the year in Spain
call home. MONDAY/MONTAG/LUNES
(along with September we get hot sunny days and cool evenings) and is
also the month when the tourists re-
Just one quick message to our Spanish
ally start to fill the place up and make
hosts mind you, and something I still
the Coast buzz in anticipation of the
can’t get used to after fourteen years
summer to come.
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3.Altea/Jalon Valley - 22€ (inc Meal at Monroe’s Carvery)
Rain is not part of the plan, thank you
perienced it yourselves. What happens
very much, and anyone who hasn’t
is a Spanish friend will frantically try
turned at least a rosy shade of pink is
and get hold of you (as if you were
either a new arrival or (possibly) not
out and your house was on fire) and
getting out often enough...you know
when they do finally get you they say
who you are! There’s an abundance of
it’s very important that you come out
fiestas throughout the region in May
with all of them to dine/drink/party/
(having said that, when isn’t there
talk as is it’s a very important party/
loads of fiestas?!) worth looking at and
meal/celebration. ‘Ok’ you say, ‘when
plenty of other things to do whether
is it?’ It’s at this point they say, ‘oh,
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(MAY: 08, 22)
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I wish they wouldn’t keep doing that...
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ish city come to that. Cool refreshing
ITS AN OPEN MARKET...MAYBE...
beers in the shade are the reward for
The Gran Alacant market is going to
any activity carried out this month too
open in June...I’m presuming they
so if you feel the urge to see a bit of
mean this year but it’s interestng to
this lovely country be our guest!
see the town hall pointing in every other direction they can find to blame for
Ralph Jones takes a look at historic,
the delay. However, come June they
and understated, Albacete this month
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which, being less than two hours away
in it and claim it as another job well
is an ideal location for a day out as
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deutschen Kunden ist das Berliner Testament für spa-
ropäischen Wohnungseigentümer haben großen An-
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nämlich die Unumstößlichkeit nach Ableben- ist beim
normalen spanischen Testament nicht gegeben. Nun möchte ich mich Ihnen aber erst einmal richtig vorstellen. Ich bin qualifizierte Immobilienwirtin und
Für deutsche Residenten in Spanien interessant ist ein
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seigentümer an der südlichen Costa Blanca bei ihren
und Betreuungsvollmacht für Spanien.
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“Get on yer bike!” by Gary Routledge www.cyclogicalcostablanca.com
Before you jump onto your bike for a
placing take it to your local bike shop who
crack and perish very
long ride, there are a few checks that
will check it for wear .If a chain becomes
quickly and the pres-
you should make that could save you
too old and worn it may damage the rear
sure rises when it’s
embarrassment or injury.
gear cassette and you may have to replace
hot and drops
both. So ensure you look after the chain 1. Wheels
c o l d .
Grasp the top of the wheel and, pull it from
side to side feeling for any play. Check that
the hub axles turn freely and smoothly.
Check that the brakes are adjusted cor-
Check for any loose spokes by squeezing
rectly. i.e.: The levers shouldn’t pull right
2 at a time. Remember that the spokes on
back to the handlebar.
tyres is 50 (3.5
the rear wheel on the cassette side will be
can be quite rapid if you use your bike on
tighter than those on the other side. Now
hilly terrain or on poor road surfaces, so
require more pressure
spin your wheels and tighten the brakes
replace the pads if they look more than
and vary from 100 PSI (7
so as the brake blocks almost touch the
half worn. Check for any grit that may be
BAR) to 140PSI (9 BAR). You
rim. Rotate each wheel slowly – the rims
stuck in the pads and check that the fix-
will need to inflate your tyres at least once
should be true sideways to within 2mm
ing nuts are tight. Check brake cables for
per month. We check our bikes on a week-
and there should be no noticeable dips or
fraying inside the brake levers and around
ly basis using a good track pump with a
the clamp area. If the cables are badly
pressure gauge and we put in approx 5-10
frayed then you may require to have them
PSI each time.
2. Gear Cables.
Brake pad wear
for cycle road
For smooth shifting you need to look after
your gear cables .Check your inner cables
If you have a speedometer fitted check
for signs of fraying at the shifters or cable
Check that all the nuts and bolts that se-
all the contacts to make sure that it is
stops and look for any serious fraying at
cure your handlebars onto the bike are
functioning properly. A speedometer is a
the derailleur. Check the outer cables as
tight and that the bars are lined up prop-
great investment as it allows you to see
well for any signs of cracking and to make
erly, also check that you have a front and
how fast you are going and how far you
sure no sharp kinks have developed that
rear reflector and a working bell.
have travelled. Many give you your maxi-
could hamper movement. If you do come
mum speed, average speed, total distance
across any problems, and unless your gear
6. Water bottles.
travelled, total time travelled and normal-
cables have been replaced within the last
When cycling here is Spain you should en-
ly have a clock displaying the time of day
year, a new set of cables is pretty much
sure you have at least one bottle and cage
which saves you looking at your watch all
fitted to your bike two if you have space
for them and you should make sure that 3. Chain.
you fill them on every trip no matter how
Clean the chain if it looks dirty or dry- pref-
small. You need to drink a lot of water here
erably in situ with a suitable chain clean-
when cycling as it is very easy to become
er. Lubricate the complete chain and rear
de-hydrated. When stopping and leaving
gear cassette with a good quality lubricant
your bike try and leave it in the shade if
such as TF2 or GT85 both are excellent lu-
possible to stop your water from heating
bricants and contain PTFE or Teflon coating
reducing the amount of dust and dirt that
and lubricate regularly.
your chain may pick up, remember to wipe
7. Tyre pressure.
off any excess. If your chain is old or looks
The temperature here in Spain plays havoc
worn or if you are not sure if it requires re-
with your tyres, tyres left in the sun will
CYCLING tips advice routes
Cycle Route 1. Quesada to Guardamar marina along the River Segura.
Total Cycling time: approx 1 hour each way. Total Distance: approx 24 Kms (28Kms) Pass around them and in front of you is a lovely Spanish Tapas bar “Restaurant Nautical,” which is open all day.
Leave Quesada by the Arches, turn right and follow the road to Benijofar. In the centre of Benijofar you will come across a cobbled area where there are traffic lights. Turn right at the traffic lights and head for Rojales, once in the centre of Rojales pick up the River Segura where you can see the large working water wheel just at the main bridge, if you look into the river at this point you will see large fish feeding and turtles swimming around depending on the time of year.
After a refreshing break you can either cycle around the marina and along the sea front to the town (additional 4kms) then double back through the woods to the marina and retrace your route back to Rojales or if you feel you have went far enough just retrace your way back, this time on the opposite side of the river if you want too crossing over the first bridge that you come to, following the track all the way back to Rojales town centre, then follow the road back to Quesada via Benijofar. Summary: Very easy flat route suitable for all ages and abilities.
Once you have enjoyed the town follow the river to the edge of the Town where you will pick up a dirt track, cycle on this track all the way to Guardamar stopping on route to enjoy the breathtaking scenery. At Guardamar the track bends round to the right and you arrive at a bridge, cross the bridge and keep left, staying on the pavement, heading back towards the river and continue to cycle on the wide pavement (as it’s a one way street) until you come to where the road becomes two –way (about half way along) you will eventually come to the barriers at the marina.
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With my hand on my heart, not
heard or been told, I write this article be-
so long ago, I believed that Ig-
cause I changed my thoughts some time
norance was bliss. What I didn’t
ago when the knowledge was given to
know, so I thought, could never
me, I then acted on my new way of think-
hurt me. I know now that igno-
ing and changed my life, and continue to
rance is not bliss at all; in fact, ig-
change, for a better me, a better future,
norance is a killer, period.
and a better world. We Become What We Think About!
This is a world of duality; this is a world of choices to be made, and this is a world
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No, your destiny lies in your mind
joy, sadness, sickness, guilt, love or fear,
And is solely up to you to find
you have a choice of which state to be in;
Your destiny is the creation of all
you have the choice at any given moment
where to place your thoughts and what ac-
What you are thinking steers your
tions to take. It is your choice to remain
exactly where you are or move on, out,
Controlling your each and every
up or sink, it’s all your choice whether you
are conscious of this fact or not. And, It is
What you think about, you bring
your choice right this moment to read this
article, or, if I am boring you it would be
It’s as simple as can be
your choice to stop.
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I like my vegetables to be cooked lightly so there is still a nice crunch to them. They are also better for you. The quicker they are cooked the less goodness they lose. I do understand that this does not suit everyone. The Spanish in particular do like vegetables to be well cooked and sometimes quite oily. Quite often the vegetables used by the Spanish and some Spanish restaurants are from jars. What do you think? Do you prefer crunchy or well done vegetables? Food is very much a personal taste, and by preparing fresh food you can have the taste that
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you like. As I am talking about vegetables my tip this month will be on cooking vegetables. As rule of thumb vegetables that grow underground should be put into cold water and boiled. Vegetables that grow above ground should be put into boiling water. For example, to cook broccoli bring seasoned water to boil and immerse the broccoli in the water. If you are going to eat the broccoli straight away allow the water to come back to boil for a couple of minutes drain and serve. If you want to use the broccoli later or even next day plunge the broccoli into ice cold water. This will stop the cooking process and keep the broccoli nice and green.
4. By the time the cream has started to thicken the chicken should be cooked. Take out the largest piece of chicken, a small cut into the centre should show you .The pasta should also be cooked. If the sauce has reduced too much add a little more cream.
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a holiday that many people either miss out on or find out about after it has been and gone! To be found in The Barrio de la Santa Cruz which is reckoned to be the prettiest neighbourhood in town with traditional white houses stacked on top of each other, narrow streets with plenty of steps going up (and down!) and flowers everywhere (at least in Spring). It’s basically the old medieval/Arab town, on the flanks of the Castillo de Santa Barbara and leading down to the Cathedral and the Rambla (one of the main avenues, which used to be a dry riverbed). A small chapel -which legend states is built on the foundations of an old mosque- overlooks the neighbourhood, and one of the most interesting Holy Week Processions starts out from there on the Wednesday before Easter. And from May 1st to 3rd this neighbourhood (as well as many other towns in Spain and Latin America) celebrates the “Cruces de Mayo”. Music, as ever in Spanish festivals, fills the air, as does the noise of firecrackers and children playing and of course people talking. The residents
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San Isidro Madrid’s free pass to drink is normally granted in the month of May when the whole city celebrates its patron saint. During the day, the city dwellers are normally engrossed in live music concerts in city squares, which later culminate in drinking frenzies that take up all night. During this period, there is lots of bullfighting going on featuring some of the best bulls in the world. This is one of the few fiestas Spain uses to define her culture. Festimad Also held in Madrid from mid-April to the first week of May, Festimad brings together the entire city of Madrid to celebrate Spain’s alternative rock music diversity. The groups that take the stage during these two weeks of musical frenzy come from all over Spain with certain acts coming from abroad. Noche en Blanca (White Night) Malaga welcomes visitors to its night of cultural festivities. There are over 160 activities ranging from music, visual arts, street arts, and extraordinary visits planned to happen throughout the city. Past events have received as many as 200,000 visitors and it is believed this number can only grow bigger. A visit to the Costa del Sol in May is never complete without indulging in the freebies Malaga has to offer.
Legend has it that this holiday is based on the search for the “True Cross” by the Byzantine Empress Helena after her son Constantine I won a allegedly impossible victory over a superior army when he had a vision of a cross in the sky and heard the words “In hoc signo vincis” (by this sign you shall conquer). After this he became the first Christian Roman emperor and declared religious tolerance (as opposed to persecution of Christians by his predecessors) throughout the Empire.
Girona Flower Festival Girona is a town some two hours from Barcelona that literally blooms come May. This age-old tradition brings large displays of blooming flowers in every space around the streets and buildings in the town’s old section. As far as fiestas Spain go, this is the most spectacular of them all. IPA Beer Festival Spain has imported the art of brewing good quality beer from abroad; this however came with the practices of consumption as well. In mid-May, Madrid as well as other Spanish cities is just about gulping good quality beer. People conversant with the American IPA beer style will find these very familiar. Snail Festival Spain and especially Catalonia consider snails a delicacy. The snail festival is therefore the region’s way of the celebrating the culinary delights buried in mollusks. Indulging in these and then downing several glasses of sherry would be a bright way to embrace fiestas Spain offers in May.
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Asking what someone is or has been doing Preguntando qué hace alguien o qué ha estado haciendo
¿qué andas haciendo?
what are you up to?
¿qué has estado haciendo últimamente?
1 Asking how someone is Preguntando cómo está alguien ¿cómo estás?
how are you? (familiar)
¿cómo está usted?
how are you? (polite) ¿qué tal? or ¿qué tal va? how’s it going? (informal) ¿qué tal andas?
¿cómo te va?
how’s it going? (informal) how are you doing?
¿cómo te va la vida?
working a lot
studying a lot
he estado muy ocupado he estado muy ocupada
I’ve been very busy (said by a man) I’ve been very busy (said by a woman)
lo mismo de siempre or lo mismo que de costumbre no demasiado or no mucho acabo de volver justamente de ...
I’m fine, thanks
no me va mal, gracias not bad, thanks todo bien, gracias everything’s fine, thanks
¿y tú qué tal? ¿y tú?
not much I’ve just come back from ...
Asking about someone’s plans Preguntando sobre los planes de alguien
¿qué planes tienes para el verano?
¿qué vas a hacer en ...? Navidades Año Nuevo Semana Santa
what plans do you have for the summer? what are you doing for ...? Christmas New Year Easter
Place of work Lugar de trabajo ¿dónde trabajas? trabajo en ...
no muy bien
same as usual
¿cómo van las cosas? estoy bien, gracias
what have you been up to?
where do you work? I work in ...
not so well una oficina
how about you? and you? un restaurante
Asking where someone is Preguntando dónde está alguien ¿dónde estás? where are you? estoy ... I’m ... en casa at home en el trabajo at work en la ciudad in town en el campo in the countryside de tiendas at the shops en un tren on a train en la casa de Francisco at Francisco’s place
un banco una fábrica un servicio de llamadas trabajo desde casa
a restaurant a bank a factory a call centre I work from home
estoy haciendo prácticas de ... I’m training to be ... ingeniero an engineer (said by a man) ingeniera an engineer (said by a woman)
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‘Living the life’ Is it still cheaper in Spain? Can you afford to live the life in Spain?
and more, and the vast majority of it
population around you the cheaper your
Cost of living is an important considera-
well known brands from the UK where a
shopping bill gets and if you’re prepared
tion for anyone planning to live in Spain
cheaper, but just as good Spanish alter-
to take a trip to local markets you can bag
especially those looking to move on a full
native would be more than an adequate
even more bargain produce and signifi-
substitute. The Spanish are also more
cantly reduce your costs.
Dave Bull looks into the costs of living in
likely to buy as they need and not over-
Those of us who have lived in Spain for a
both the UK and Spain and highlights just
little while manage to find a happy medi-
how expats can easily live a stress-free
It will also depend on where you live too of
um when buying our shopping and blend
and relatively less expensive life while still
course. Moving from perhaps a rural set-
our favourite products from back home
enjoying all that is best about this Euro-
ting in northern England to an apartment
with local produce. Marmite on Spanish
in, or near, a city will see your general
toast in the morning – perfect! One item
So does it still hold true that Spain is a
costs rise because cities are an expensive
that has increased relatively is the cost
cheaper place to live than the UK? To an-
place to live anywhere in the world. The
of fuel for motor vehicles has seen a rise
swer that we need to take several factors
trick is to compare like for like where pos-
that has made the price more comparable
into account, for example will you be liv-
sible, and if not be aware of increased,
with the UK – although Spain is still about
ing the same type of lifestyle when you
or maybe even decreased, expenditure –
17% cheaper overall.
start your new life in Spain? Or are you
depending on your choice of way of life
moving abroad to retire or wind down a
little and perhaps get a part-time job?
The costs of services, electricity, water,
If your lifestyle is likely to be different
Find the middle ground
rates and telephones are still generally a
when you make the move it is well worth
However, none of that answer the ques-
good deal cheaper in Spain than in the
taking into account the possibility that
tion about whether Spain is a cheap place
UK, although internet is still a little more
you could have far more leisure time on
to live but to answer that we need to com-
expensive with the monopoly of Movis-
your hands and budget, if necessary, ac-
pare, to only with the United Kingdom,
tar over and a free market now operat-
but also with how Spain has performed
ing, competition is driving prices to the
with regards to it being economically at-
consumer down in that sector too. When
Way of life
tractive, over recent years.
taken as a whole (including bottled gas)
Another thing to have in mind is that the
There is some evidence showing that the
the cost of an average sized apartment in
Spanish do live very economically with
gap in the cost of living between Spain
Spain would be almost 40% less expen-
most meals eaten at home with family
and UK has narrowed over recent years
sive to run than a comparable one back in
and, for most, one coffee or small beer
but not by very much and when it comes
the UK – and the rubbish bins are emptied
will last at least an hour if they are out
to spending you money in the shop – un-
every day in Spain!
with friends. Most leisure time too is
less you head off with the intention of
Looking at the average cost of electricity
spent inexpensively, often walks with
buying your favourite UK brands as you
per household in the UK, which in 2012
family or just meeting up for the afore-
did back home, then of course your till
was 120 pounds, and comparing it to
mentioned beverage, but not spending
receipt is not going to offer a true reflec-
Spain which was about the same num-
much more than the loose change they
tion of the difference in costs as if you
bers but in euros shows us that with the
carry. While we, as northern Europeans,
had replaced those items with alternative
arrival of competition in the power mar-
have a tendency to spend more than we
products more common to the Spanish
kets of Spain the traditionally high cost
need – I know when my family visit for
of electricity to the home is starting to be
a week there is always lots of items left
AS a general rule of thumb, the closer
reduced which can only be good for the
over; toothpaste, food, cartons of milk
your life is to the life of the local Spanish
On the menu
What about if you’re working?
Eating out in Spain is still very much
Wages of course will be a consideration
cheaper than back in the UK with so
and should also be taken into account if
many places vying for customers the
we are to truly compare the two coun-
competition (and therefore the quality
tries’ economies and while it still hold
too) is good for all and with a meal for
true that in Spain the average wage
two in a medium-priced restaurant work-
is still a far bit lower than that in the
ing out at around 25 euros for two peo-
UK at 1400 euros of disposable income
ple that compares very favourably but,
per month while in the UK it stands at
as I said at the start, it also depends on
around 1950 euros.
how often you go and if a weekly treat in
It should also be noted that the average
the UK turns into an almost daily event
worker in the UK needs to put in a shift
in Spain – you will be spending more.
of around 48 hours per week to attain
A menu del dia in any Spanish restau-
his income while the average Spanish
rant is pretty much a guarantee of value
working week is 39 hours – the Spanish
for money and if you shop around you
would rather earn less and have more
can often have lunch for two people and
time with the families, and that makes
you may still get change from a ten euro
for a great working philosophy.
note! So Spain really is still relatively cheap Getting around
from a cost of living point of view and
Fuel has increased in cost over recent
once compared to other western Euro-
years but still remains a good 20 cents
pean nations it is clear that by living the
less expensive than its Anglo equiva-
life that suits you, and preparing for it
lent and again one should consider how
accordingly, Spain is still an ideal des-
much we will be using a vehicle abroad
tination for not only its weather and
as often it is a lot less than back in the
healthy climate, but so you can afford
UK which when factored in with the less
to live the life you want to live in Spain
costly car tax in Spain (approximately
but without the stresses that come with
70% of the cost for a matching car be-
a high cost of living.
ing road taxed in the UK) and in-town
As I write the latest figures arrive on
parking costs roughly 50% of the price
my laptop showing the cost of living in
of parking on Britain’s cities streets it
Spain has actually come down in several
means that driving in Spain can be rel-
major sectors across the country. Some
atively inexpensive, and the roads are
tourist areas are reducing the costs of
also a lot quieter too! As a footnote I felt
items in shops to attract (and keep) the
I should mention that the public trans-
popular regions buzzing in the summer
port in Spain is relatively cheaper than
back in the UK with a train ride along the coast to Benidorm from Alicante (approximately 40 miles) costing just 22.70 euros.
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FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT... 1.The name Spain diverged from the
18. Juan Mica claims that his family were
which he does left-handed.
word Ispania, which means the land of
the first to invent the drink, called Nuez
33. Nadal was featured in Shakira’s mu-
de Kola Coca’, which he then took to the
sic video “Gypsy”
2. Spain has over 8000 km of beaches.
US and sold the recipe.
34. Nadal’s favorite movies are Titanic
3. There is no tooth fairy in Spain but rather a tooth mouse called Ratoncito
and The Gladiator.
FAMOUS (AND SEXY) SPANIARDS:
(Yes, there are a lot of Nadal facts – but really, who can complain?)
4. They have highest number of bars out
19. The tennis player Rafael Nadal first
of all the countries in the EU.
picked up a racket at the age of 3.
5. Barcelona’s city hall provided 1 million
20. There’s a Facebook group called “I
euro to fund the movie Vicky Cristina
worship Rafael nadal’s biceps”
35. Spanish is the second most spoken
21. Nadal originally showed promise as
language in the world.
6. Christopher Columbus (the famous
a soccer player but gave it up at 12 to
36. There are 329 million native Spanish
explorer) is Spanish, but they have no
focus on tennis
speakers in the world.
idea where he was buried.
22. In 2003, a newly discovered asteroid
37. Spanish is spoken in 44 countries
7. Spain has the lowest population densi-
belt was named 128036 Rafaelnadal, in
(with at least 3 million native speakers
ty in western Europe (excluding Scandi-
23. Javier Bardem was the first Spanish
38. After Latin, the language that has the
8. Spaniards are famous for their con-
actor to win an Oscar.
largest influence in Spanish is Arabic.
tributes to art, with famous Spanish
24. Penelope Cruz was the first Spanish
39. Spanish is expected to be the first
artists including Dali, Picasso, gaudi, el
actor to win an Oscar for best supporting
language of 50% of the population of the
Greco, and Goya
actress for Vicky Cristina Barcelona.
United States within 50 years.
9. Spain was not part of the first or sec-
25. Cruz and Bardem got married in
40. Spanish is the most popular foreign
ond world war.
2010 and have a son named Leo.
language to learn in America and Europe.
10. 40% of Spanish people between 17-
26. Many of the paintings by the Cata-
41. Approximately 100 million people
lan artist augsti pugi appeared in Vicky
speak Spanish as a second language.
11. Spain is the country closest to Africa.
42. There are two types of Spanish –
12. Spain produces 44% of the world’s
27. Enrique Iglesias is half Filipino, half
European Spanish and Latin American
13. Spaniards own more cars than cell
28. Enrique’s favorite movie is Raiders of
43. There are more native Spanish
the Lost Ark.
speakers than English.
14. Over 98% of the population used to
29. Antonio Banderas was a soccer play-
44. The Spanish language began on the
be roman catholic… presently it is around
er until he broke his foot at the age of 14
Iberian Peninsula, consisting of Spain,
and instead became a famous movie star
Portugal, Andorra and Gibraltar.
15. The Spaniards aren’t known for very
(not a bad alternative)
45. Every hour of every day over three
many inventions…but they did invent the
30. Also, in Spanish, Banderas means
thousand pedestrians stroll through Fon-
tanella-Portal del Àngel.
16. …and the beret!
31. Nadal is messy at home, and when
46. Spain is the only country in Europe
17. …and Chupa Chups! The famous
he was a teenager in Majorca, his mother
that produces bananas.
lollipops that line cash registers across
used to complain about his room.
47. Spain is the only country that has the
the world were initially created by the
32. Nadal is naturally right-handed,
sports bull fighting counted as a sport.
Catalonian Enric Bernat in 1958.
except when it comes to playing tennis,
48. Nearly 75% of the world’s saffron
THE LANGUAGE OF ROMANCE:
ew t UndaegreN en m Man flower is grown in Spain
rivalry stems from Franco’s dictator-
49. Tomatoes, potatoes, avocadoes,
ship; Barcelona represented an opposi-
tobacco, and cacao, were all brought to
tion to Franco while Real Madrid was a
Europe (then spread around the world)
symbol of nationalism and was favored
by the Spaniards from their American
by the regime and Franco.
60. FC Barcelona is the biggest private-
50. Spain was one of the first European
ly owned stadium in the world (seating
countries to ban smoking in workplaces
and bars (2006)
61. The 1992 summer Olympics were held in Barcelona.
LOVE AND SEX:
62. Soccer is the most important sport. It’s also pretty much like a religion.
51. On May 15th all the single women
63. Real Madrid is the most popular
in Madrid visit the chapel called Ermita
club in the world with over 228 million
de San Isidro to prick their fingers with
pins and put it in a vessel, in order to
64. Real Madrid is also the richest club
find a husband.
in the world.
52. Same sex marriage has been legal in Spain since 2005.
53. 90% of prostitutes in Spain are illegal immigrants.
65. The name Madrid comes from the
54. Teenagers in Spain normally start
arabic “magerit” which means ‘place of
dating in groups when they’re 14.
55. The divorce rate in Spain is 17%
66. Madrid enjoys more cloudless days
(relatively low compared to over 50%
than almost any other city in Europe.
in the USA).
67. The population of Madrid is just
56. In Barcelona, on St George’s Day
over 6 million…which is more than the
(23 April) it was custom to exchange a
population of some countries, such as
book and a rose with the person they
Norway, Ireland, Scotland, denmark.
68. In Ibiza, tourists spend about 1430 million euros each year.
THE BEST SPORT IN THE
69. One in every five citizens registered
in Ibiza lives in an isolated house in the country.
57. Club president Joan Laporta, a self-proclaimed nationalist, requires all foreign Barça players to learn Catalan. 58. Fans of FC Barcelona are known as culés, the Catalan word for ‘ass’ 59. The two most successful Spanish football teams, FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are also fierce competitors. The
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1. They might involve shills 6. Taco topper 11. Footballer Parseghian 14. Artwork supporter 15. Basket material 16. Turkish headgear 17. Painful trespassers 19. Libra mo. 20. ___hoo 21. Like Cinderella’s stepsisters 22. Ham it up 24. Painful embassy employee 26. Inherited 28. Got___ (Surprise!) 29. Laugh, perhaps 30. Vague 33. Painful stands 37. Soft drink 38. Mohammed’s markets 39. Likely 40. Painful sandals 43. Get together 45. Mosque masters 46. Croak 47. Paint remover 50. Painful fruit 54. More rustic 55. Troubles 56. Mel who’s in many crosswords 57. UK award 58. Painful, moldable stuff 62. Sec. relative 63. Actor Buchholz of “The Magnificent Seven” 64. A type of 52 down 65. Short for coolers 66. Cathartic plants 67. Twisted cotton thread
1. “Hasta la vista!” 2. Voyageur’s vessel 3. Hefner’s neckwear, perhaps 4. Debussy’s “La ___” 5. Like a layabout 6. Pedestal 7. Covered in residue 8. Golfer’s concern 9. Spanish 101 verb 10. Poison in a play title 11. ...Alive, Magic Is ___ (Leonard Cohen) 12. Straight, pref. 13. People conquered by Cortez 18. ___ Khan 23. Speed freak’s drug 25. Bacon is known to do it 26. Gates, et al 27. Schedule abbreviations 29. Epoxy and mucilage 30. Test drive stat. 31. Proof of debt 32. Vichy, e.g. 33. Jakob ___, founder of modern theosophy 34. Attention 35. Shoulder fired weapon, for short 36. Sault ___ Marie 38. Check out 41. Part of a ceremony 42. Type of shrub 43. Vaporous 44. Common Market, abbr. 46. Bucks 47. It might make your mouth water 48. Three dimensional 49. Nice places 50. Wordsmiths 51. Pawns 52. Type of 64 across 53. Upright slab 55. Like an owl 59. Company with millions of members 60. For 61. Once was Clay
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stuck in the midst of endless family gatherings. However, lately I’ve been wondering about your intentions. While I want to believe that you have my best interests at heart, I feel that your influence has led to some unwise consequences: 1. Phone calls: While I agree with you that communication is important, I question the suggestion that any conversation of substance or necessity takes place after 2 a.m. Why would you make me call those ex-boyfriends/girlfriends when I know for a fact they do not want to hear from me during the day, let alone all hours of the night? 2. Eating: Now, you know I love a good meal, but why do you suggest that I eat a kebab, a butter chicken curry along with a sausage with cheese, onion and mustard (washed down with WINE & topped off with a Kit Kat after a few sweet chilli and sour cream red rock chips)? I’m an eclectic eater, but I think you went too far this time. 3. Clumsiness: Unless you’re subtly trying to tell me that I need to do more yoga to improve my balance, I see NO need to hammer the issue home by causing me to fall down. It’s completely unnecessary, and the black & blue marks that appear on my body mysteriously the next day are beyond me. Similarly, it should never take me more than 45 seconds to get the front door key into the lock. 4. Furthermore: The hangovers have GOT to stop. This is getting ridiculous. I know a little penance for our previous evening’s debauchery may be in order, but the 3pm hangover immobility is completely unacceptable. My entire day is shot. I ask that, if the proper precautions are taken (water, Vitamin B, bread products, aspirin) prior to going to sleep/passing out face down on the kitchen floor with a bag of popcorn, the hangover should be minimal & in no way Interfere with my daily activities. Alcohol, I have enjoyed our friendship for some years now & would like to ensure that we remain on good terms. You’ve been the invoker of great stories, the provocation for much laughter, and the needed companion when I just don’t know what to do with the extra money in my pockets. In order to continue this friendship, I ask that you carefully review my grievances above & address them immediately. I will look for an answer no later than Friday 3pm (prehappy hour) on your possible solutions & hopefully we can continue this fruitful partnership.
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