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by Valencia_Paul
Tue Jan 24, 2006 8:49 am
Forum: General
Topic: Best way to learn some Spanish?
Replies: 22
Views: 10416

I would second the Michel Thomas 8 CD set as a good starter although it will take you longer than 8 hours to get through the course! The Pilmsleur audio courses are also good and better for pronunciation that M Thomas, but they are expensive unless you find a cheap s/h copy on Ebay or similar. I fou...
by Valencia_Paul
Mon Jan 23, 2006 7:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: LOCATION
Replies: 33
Views: 10709

Can i just say Baza can be a lovely place to live. Frank said "Saw the bit where the the woman opened her caff for full English breakfasts, it was full of sad Brits having an almighty fry up!" Can i just say there is no need to insult people who you dont even know!!!!!!!!! There are no lakes in Baz...
by Valencia_Paul
Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:59 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Property Prices
Replies: 60
Views: 15143

spanish hopes wrote:
then come back and eat some humble pie!


Paul, you've got more chance of being bitten by a daffodil than that happening. :lol: :wink:


I see what you mean, Spanish. :wink:

I like your pictures BTW!
by Valencia_Paul
Fri Jan 20, 2006 11:48 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Property Prices
Replies: 60
Views: 15143

Mike, Local as in nearest. How has my 25 Km become 30? Do you really know these places I am talking about? What mountain roads are you talking about? The CV60 is a fast road with hardly any bends to speak of. I can do flat to beach easily in 25 minutes. And CV60 is being made into a dual carriageway...
by Valencia_Paul
Thu Jan 19, 2006 3:41 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Property Prices
Replies: 60
Views: 15143

Mike, I never said my flat was in Gandia - I have spoken about the resort Playa de Gandia with reference to a very Spanish scene with few Brits, compared to parts of CDS coastline. My flat is in Castello De Rugat which is about 25 Km inland taking the CV60 from the main road between Oliva and Gandia...
by Valencia_Paul
Thu Jan 19, 2006 9:44 am
Forum: General
Topic: What do you hate.
Replies: 41
Views: 11910

British immigrants eroding the spanish culture , keep the pollution down south. But not you, eh? You're different. Look, everyone is marching out of step except my Johnny!!! Alan yeah that's right , I'm spanish and fortunately located in a part of the country that has not been affected by the Briti...
by Valencia_Paul
Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:33 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Rules for grey/black water disposal
Replies: 22
Views: 5656

Hi to all, While we were looking we were shown may country places which had no sewer at all and I wonder how they get away with that! A septic tank is no problem providing you have a suitable site for one. I would be surprised if you were allowed a dry composting solution in an urban (or any) area ...
by Valencia_Paul
Wed Jan 18, 2006 1:13 pm
Forum: General
Topic: LOCATION
Replies: 33
Views: 10709

Torrevieja - Yes an appalling place. Full of traffic jams and large urbanisations that seem to suffer from a high crime rate. They sell the salt flats with flamingos as an attractive feature but not to these eyes! A bit further south, I thought some towns around the Mar Menor were not too bad. Benid...
by Valencia_Paul
Wed Jan 18, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Property Prices
Replies: 60
Views: 15143

Regarding the weather differences - proximity to the Med tempers the cold winters and often provides a welcome breeze in the heat of the summer. Many inland towns are oppressively hot in Summer and freezing in the Winter and Spring. I own a flat in Spain about 25 Km from the coast but if the coast w...
by Valencia_Paul
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:51 am
Forum: General
Topic: What do you hate.
Replies: 41
Views: 11910

Claims of "third world" conditions are not really fair. Third world = no electricity, no sewage facilities, no running water, no health system etc. etc. Hardly a description of Spain.
by Valencia_Paul
Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:48 am
Forum: General
Topic: LOCATION
Replies: 33
Views: 10709

We went to Baza last spring, mainly to see Lake Negratin. Unfortunately we ended up having to find a hotel in Baza as we had underestimated distances and times on our mini tour.

What are the good points about Baza, I must admit we were glad to get away from the place!
by Valencia_Paul
Tue Jan 17, 2006 1:28 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What do you hate.
Replies: 41
Views: 11910

Katy, I wasn't having a go at all ex-pats in Spain. I was only referring to a particular type of ex-pat who might fit this description:- Won't make any effort to learn any Spanish. Looks down on the Spanish and Spain in general. Won't mix with any Spanish people. Moans about Spain. Moans about the U...
by Valencia_Paul
Sun Jan 15, 2006 1:22 pm
Forum: General
Topic: What do you hate.
Replies: 41
Views: 11910

Ex-pat Brits who won't learn Spanish and slag off the UK for having too many immigrants, then failing to see the irony! :)
by Valencia_Paul
Fri Jan 13, 2006 12:50 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Rules for grey/black water disposal
Replies: 22
Views: 5656

This website has some info on reed beds, if admin allow the link:

http://www.cresswater.co.uk/reed-about.html

They claim you only need 2 sq meters per person.
by Valencia_Paul
Fri Jan 13, 2006 11:25 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Property Prices
Replies: 60
Views: 15143

On Amanda Lamb's recent property investment program, Romania came top as the place to invest in and make a profit.

It might be ok to make or lose a fast buck but I wouldn't want to live there!
by Valencia_Paul
Fri Jan 13, 2006 10:07 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Rules for grey/black water disposal
Replies: 22
Views: 5656

Hi Conehead, I saw a program on the TV whereby a presenter (Amanda Lamb I think) was troubleshooting Brits in Spain with various problems. One such couple had sewage problems - it looked like they just had a pozo negro that was overflowing. As I recall, the solution involved a normal septic tank but...
by Valencia_Paul
Thu Jan 12, 2006 8:18 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Rules for grey/black water disposal
Replies: 22
Views: 5656

With a septic tank you need an outlet for the liquids. Normally this would be a series of pipes with holes in buried just below the soil forming the "leach field". If you have no outside space such a reasonably sized garden I'm not sure how this could work. A dry composter might be illegal (and poss...
by Valencia_Paul
Thu Jan 12, 2006 9:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Solar Power
Replies: 10
Views: 3523

Brian, If you want air conditioning and an electric cooker then forget solar electricity generation. Have you had a quote for a mains electric connection? Solar electric works best if you take a holistic approach and design a house from scratch that doesn't need air con or much in the way of heating...
by Valencia_Paul
Wed Jan 11, 2006 8:41 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Solar Power
Replies: 10
Views: 3523

Mikeyj, Interesting story - I very much doubt you've been sold a 3KW system for 13,000 Euros. Even with the latest most powerful 190 watt panels, you would need 16 panels and I don't believe you could buy these for less than 800 Euros per panel. Just the panels would come to 12,800 Euros leaving not...
by Valencia_Paul
Tue Jan 10, 2006 1:58 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Solar Power
Replies: 10
Views: 3523

I have read that you can get upto 35% in grants for solar installations in Spain but I don't know if it varies by region or how you would apply. Solar power for electricity generation is expensive. In Spain a module generating 165 watts of electricity costs about 800 Euros. You would probably need a...

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