Tag Archives: Spain

Don’t bank on it

Our first real encounter with Spanish banks was in 1980 when we’d only been in Madrid a few days. We’d found a flat, and we needed to change the last of our travellers’ cheques to pay the deposit and first … Continue reading

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Learning to drive the Spanish way

When we arrived in Madrid we didn’t have a car. In fact, neither of us knew how to drive. I had taken few lessons when I was eighteen, but all I could remember was that my feet barely reached the … Continue reading

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Bailout? What bailout?

I don’t often stray beyond my own little world on this blog, but that doesn’t mean I don’t notice what’s going on around me. At least when I’m brave enough to take my head out of the sand for long … Continue reading

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There was a nice juxtaposition of headlines the other day in “El Pais” on-line. Translated, they read: “Rajoy, perplexed by the markets’ lack of support” Underneath is a photo of Rajoy pensively stoking his beard, with his sidekick Soraya Sáenz … Continue reading

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There was an English guy in front of me in the chemist’s the other day, struggling to make himself understood. “What’s this say?” he asked the chemist, pointing at his prescription. The chemist looked blank. “Quiere saber que dice,” I … Continue reading

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