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by Wicksey
Wed Nov 28, 2007 3:36 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Welcome To Spain
Replies: 157
Views: 44332

And I thought I was young retiring in my early 40's :wink: I do feel the same as Karen: that I am free to do what I want and don't have those Sunday night blues with the awful dread of having get up and go to work the next day. I can also see exactly what JAWG meant as he was just saying how lucky p...
by Wicksey
Tue Nov 27, 2007 9:25 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: craft shops
Replies: 20
Views: 6274

cc2000 have you seen the new Chinese bazaar that has opened on Torrox Costa opposite Laguna Beach urb? It's a much bigger one than I've seen here before and seems to have a big choice of goods? Having just posted this, I then read on Sky that the Chinese are continuing to sell cat and dog fur in the...
by Wicksey
Sat Nov 24, 2007 10:26 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

I'm sure someone even with a very broad andalucian accent could listen to the news being read in best castellano, and understand it no problem. Yep, Frank, that's exactly what we and our friends have said here. Perhaps they're just being awkward :lol: It was the same in France as we lived in an are...
by Wicksey
Sat Nov 24, 2007 1:38 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

'guisantes' is pronounced like 'gisantes', rather than 'gwisantes'. I understood that the U was there to make the G a hard G (e or i after the G makes it 'soft'). As in Miguel being pronounced Migel, and aguila, agila etc (I think it applies to French too) otherwise you would use the gutteral/soft ...
by Wicksey
Sat Nov 24, 2007 12:45 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

We have to speak Andalus (I think that's how it's spelt) around here otherwise the locals don't understand us. When I did lessons from CD's and things they always speak the lisping Castillan Spanish but in Andalucia they sometimes pronounce 'c' as 's' and not the lisping 'th'. It's the way they miss...
by Wicksey
Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:44 am
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Ginger Wine: Starting the Search Early
Replies: 32
Views: 12202

karandjon wrote:despite recently finding out that i am allergic to garlic
Ohh you poor thing! How does it affect you??? I put garlic in everything and would hate to be allergic to it.
by Wicksey
Sat Nov 24, 2007 11:35 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

I must admit I agree with peter -o-r. I suppose it was just the way I was brought up and taught at school, although I know my grammar is far from perfect. I have found it difficult sometimes to simply understand a post due to lack of, or very bad, punctuation. Having said that, a friend who is very ...
by Wicksey
Fri Nov 23, 2007 8:40 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Ginger Wine: Starting the Search Early
Replies: 32
Views: 12202

I can look at my local Aldi here when I'm next in. Haven't had ginger wine for donkey's years! I have found with Lidls that they do have slightly different stock from country to country, and usually only have things that will be very popular to the local community it serves (hence the German beers a...
by Wicksey
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:43 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Soup weather
Replies: 21
Views: 7136

Not watching any tv tonight as satellite dish not receiving after yesterday's storm and having a quiet night in. Doesn't sound like you missed much ...... Thanks for the recipe ideas, Don. That's one of the big pleasures of living here and not having to work, that I have time to cook properly. BTW ...
by Wicksey
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:24 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Who gets the road tax?
Replies: 21
Views: 4570

Must be different for different areas as my IBI was Sept but the car tax is March. Seems like you will need to ask in your own town hall to find out what applies in your locality.
by Wicksey
Thu Nov 22, 2007 10:11 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Banning pets!
Replies: 66
Views: 13523

I've noticed how much worse the dog p**p is on the streets of Nerja - possibly something to do with all the new piso blocks built in recent years?? They just boot out their hounds in the mornings and they cover the streets in muck. I have to look down the whole time I'm walking around there, and hav...
by Wicksey
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:55 pm
Forum: General
Topic: sleazy jet
Replies: 9
Views: 4101

To boot they are pulling out of the Almeria/Gatwick route, so looks like I shall be going all the way to Malaga again. Well, that is really going to help the carbon footprint :? So on one hand they are asking people to pay up to help the environment but then making everyone drive miles further as t...
by Wicksey
Thu Nov 22, 2007 9:43 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Who gets the road tax?
Replies: 21
Views: 4570

All the tax bills like IBI and the car tax come from a separate liitle office to the town hall in ,although I suppose it could be a sort of satellite office to the main building. My car tax is around 93€ and hardly ever goes up much but I was always under the impression it depended on the type/age e...
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 11:06 pm
Forum: Travel, Tourism & Destinations
Topic: Expensive Hotels!
Replies: 27
Views: 6250

- assuming you can find a member of the surly ex-stasi staff who have clearly legged it down here to terrorise tourists instead. :) :lol: :lol: We only stayed in a Parador once and the staff were so rude and unhelpful ..... it's a common trait with their staff then?? I think it was the worst hotel ...
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Soup weather
Replies: 21
Views: 7136

That's an unusual mix, pork and clams/shellfish stock. I shall have to try it. (You're obviously not watching the England game either, Don!! I'm in my 'den' on this computer giving my OH the chance to watch his footie in peace :lol: :lol: )
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:46 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

Don wrote:Actually Wicksey, I meant Barcelona as many airlines fly into compared to what Ryanair think is Barcelona - until you look carefully.
aaahhhhhh ..... I get it now :lol: :lol: Never flown with Ryanair .......... doesn't sound like I've missed much by all accounts.
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:17 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Soup weather
Replies: 21
Views: 7136

Don wrote: Portugese cataplana,
what's one of those Don??
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:07 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

:lol: :lol:
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 10:00 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Can you spell the names of Spanish villages or towns?
Replies: 77
Views: 14214

Barcelona or Girona Did you mean Gerona and Girona, as in Spanish and Catalan ........or am I being too pedantic .... I am only joking :lol: :lol: I do think it's odd, though, that other countries have their own names for cities like London as in Londres. Surely London should be London, if you know...
by Wicksey
Wed Nov 21, 2007 9:44 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Base area to discover Andalucia
Replies: 42
Views: 18052

Dave, I have never rented before and have always had my own home(s) for 30 years up to now, so it was strange at first to be a renter. I don't feel that I am losing money by renting as prices are not rising like they have in the past. Having been here on and off for 11 years it does seem like prices...