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Gazpacho Andaluz

by Brenda in Uncategorized

One of my summer favourites! This delicious and traditional cold soup is so refreshing on hot summer days. Nearly all the restaurants serve gazpacho as a starter or its easy to make it yourself. 6-7 medium tomatoes 1 green Italian pepper 1 cucumber ½ of a small white onion 1 clove of garlic (not too […]

Top 10 habits to pick up when you move to Spain

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain, Uncategorized

Hit the ground running when you move to Spain! 1. Kiss In Spain, people greet each other and say goodbye with a kiss on each cheek. These aren’t really proper kisses at all! People usually touch their right cheeks together and make a kissing sound, then repeat the process on the left side. People don’t […]

My Spanish story: Swapping the city for a writing life in the campo

by Brenda in Living in Spain, Uncategorized

Sam Michaels relocated to very rural Spain to pursue a life as a writer. Here she describes how she adapted to a quieter pace of life and a house full of adopted animals. I’m a Londoner, born and bred, which makes me very much a town girl at heart. So, imagine my trepidation when my […]

A day in Spain, customs, traditions and rituals

by Brenda in Uncategorized

Breakfast in Spain consists of coffee with bread or a pastry. Fruit, yoghurt and cereals are gaining in popularity. You might have a freshly-squeezed juice or you might wait to order one out later. Remember if you work here, there is very little of the 9-5 timetable in Spain. The working day is either 8am-3pm […]

A Taste of Spring

by Maggie Brocken in food and wine, Living in Spain

Every year hues of white and pink flood the local scenery around Pinoso. For me this is the first taste of Spring, and usually takes place during the months of January and February when the fields of almond trees are covered in a coat of colourful blossoms. The local farmers are busy in the fields […]

Eating out in Spain – A quick guide to the Marvellous Menu del Dia

by Brenda in food and wine, Living in Spain

One of the joys of Spain is eating out – it’s inexpensive, sociable and a great way to practice and improve your Spanish. Here in Pinoso we have a great selection of bar/restaurants to suit everybody’s budget. An economical way to eat in the middle of the day (from 1.30pm onwards), is to have a […]

The Pedanias of Pinoso

by Brenda in Living in Spain, Nearby towns, Uncategorized

You’ll notice when you move to the Pinoso area that there are lots of small villages close by, many of them come under the authority of Pinoso town hall and they are called pedanias. Believe it or not there 14 of them! They are quite small villages, some more like hamlets, but well worth visiting […]

It’s Fiesta Time!

by Brenda in Uncategorized

It’s Fiesta Time! During the months of July and August there are fiestas in our local villages every weekend. However, the biggest and the best is Pinoso’s own fiesta, which is celebrated from the 1st to the 8th August in honour of the patron saint La Virgin del Remedio. The fun actually starts a few […]

A giant sardine will arrive in Murcia by parachute!

by Brenda in Fiestas, food and wine, Living in Spain

Parachutists from the Spanish air forces parachute acrobatics squadron will fly a giant papier mache sardine into Murcia on Thursday 20th of April, weather permitting. Part of the Spring Festivals in Murcia, the fiesta is named El Entierro de la Sardina. The Entierro is the victory of Don Carnal over Doña Lent. A pagan festival […]

Maggie’s top ten properties of the week

by Brenda in Information, Living in Spain, Spanish property market

We have some cracking properties at brilliant prices – here’s my top ten for this week, in no particular order of importance! There’s something for everyone! Great price, really 2 houses, includes a huge garage – so much potential! 38,000 euro. Casa Susana Great value, recently reduced, includes old bodega at the rear of the […]

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