Familia Cathedral, Gaudí
sure it's not closed
many countries it doesn't matter too much if it's a
bank holiday, you can guarantee that there will still
be plenty open. Not in Spain. In most cases a bank
holiday does mean that everything closes except
for your restaurants and bars and the odd local shop.
In order to make sure you're not caught out a good source
of information about local and national holidays is
available here: www.seg-social.es
It's in Spanish but it's colour coded and you can check
different local areas. No excuses now for not having
the fridge well-stocked.
debate that comes up time and time again is the weighing
up of the relative merits of the UK and Spain.
Forum conversations, if they don't start that way, often
end up with a kind of skirmish around which is best.
I don't want to encourage any petty side-taking but
thought you might be interested to read what the Costa
Blanca News' Dave Jones has come up with in the
case of Spain versus UK.
For the UK:
His arguments largely centre around the problems with
house purchase, building work and illegalities. He brings
to life the real issues that have been faced by many
disappointed by the building industry and the
It is a strong case against Spain but touches on only
one aspect of it. Leaving plenty of arguments in Spain's
In defence of Spain:
- Less congestion both on the roads and generally
(more land and less people)
- The very varied terrain of Spain - mountains,
seas, areas of semi desert, volcanic coastline - an
interesting combination that enables all kinds of physical
- You can spend much more of your time outdoors
- The Mediterranean diet - fresh, healthy food
at an affordable price
- Council tax is cheaper - around one third of
that you'd pay in the UK
- A rich cultural heritage
- A feeling of greater personal safety
If you don't entirely agree with these you can take
up the issue with Dave Jones. Alternatively we could
create a list of our own… We would also be interested
to hear from any other nationalities what their 'case'
for and against might look like.
felt a little like Noah's Ark on Tuesday when the rains
came down. Based in Torrevieja, we suddenly found
ourselves to be hitting the headlines with cars being
dramatically washed down the streets. Apart from this
day of torrents, it has been a very dry winter
and you can't help but wonder during the very hot summer
where the water comes from. This article perhaps throws
some light on the issue: www.murciatoday.com
Residents - tax declaration time is here
that time of year when we're calling in our resident
clients to complete their annual tax declaration.
If you're a client you need do nothing - we will be
in touch. If you're not and you're a resident, please
contact us if you would like a free tax consultation
to discuss your individual tax circumstances: 96 670
3748 or request our Free Pack on-line.
Road tax reminder
that time of year again when you need to be paying your
road tax if you keep a vehicle in Spain. For
those people living in the Alicante region this can
be quite a straightforward process as SUMA are the official
tax collectors. You can access information from here:
It's a rather neat document that tells you how you can
pay and there is an English version. You've got quite
a wide window at the moment with the deadline for
payment being 4th May.Just don't put it in a drawer
and forget about it.
For other regions different organisations might be nominated
to collect your car tax payments. For example in Cartagena
the tax collection office is OAGRC and the website
In some cases you might just need to pay your car tax
at the local town hall. Whichever way you do it, just
remember that as with other taxes, leave it too late
and you will be fined.
- some good news?
looking as if the Paramount theme park could
actually happen: www.tumbit.com
To keep up-to-date with Paramount developments past
and present: www.murciatoday.com
- more news?
news on Corvera airport changes almost daily.
From one source the latest news is that the first flight
landing there will be in late June to early July. From
another that flights will be delayed until the Autumn
or winter of 2012. Perhaps the best suggestion is just
to pick which ever alternative you prefer - you could
well be right.
you live in the Murcia region?
you do, this Murcia Today website (previously
Simply Networking) is a good one to look at. It has
lots of information about events and news for all parts
of the region, including a weekly bulletin you can register
For example, if you're interested in finding out more
about the therapeutic effects of mud baths and
how you can enjoy them for free, you might like to read
this article: www.murciatoday.com
knock who's in Almería?
Dr. Who of course! The Tabernas film set has
hosted countless westerns in the past. Now it's hosting
Dr. Who himself: www.euroweeklynews.com
insight into the British brain?
this with a pinch of salt or perhaps a cup of tea. A
few comments on a forum about the British traditional
reluctance to learn another language and a rather intriguing
diagram of the average British brain. If you're
of a different nationality - what might your national
brain look like? www.torrevieja.co.uk
The article 'How not to Speak like an Expat' also makes
quite amusing reading: www.tumbit.com