The story of our adventure in Spain
In October 2002 we purchased a holiday flat in Guardamar on Spain's Costa Blanca - not far from Alicante and Torrevieja and we try to spend a good part of the year in Spain.
This blog hopefully will contain our thoughts and impressions of Spain - the good and the bad and lots and lots of photographs of not only Guardamar but the rest of Spain as we eventually get to explore it.
Tuesday, 12 November 2013
It is reported that both Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur are interested in the new 19 year old starlet Sergi Darder who currently plays for Malaga in La Liga.
Will they entice him to the English Premier League ??
Originally an Espanyol player he is thought to be worth about 11 million on the transfer market.
We await the next round of transfers with expectation.
Monday, 11 November 2013
Unless there is a change of heart by those in authority we have seen the last of the Valencian TV channels Canal Nou and the news programme Nou 24.
They were disbanded on November 5th as untenable - previously Radio Television Valenciana had reduced the workforce by 75% because of financial reasons however this labour adjustment was nullified by the National Court and RTVV was unable to continue.
Operating from Burjassot the channels broadcast in Spanish and Valencian.
No doubt they will be missed by the Valencian speaking community.
Saturday, 14 September 2013
Public debt in Spain for June reached a record high - 942.8bn euros equal to 92.2% of the country's entire economic output.
Worrying times - any further austerity measures are likely to make the high unemployment rates even worse. Unemployment now stands at 26% of the population.
The government of Mariano Rajoy is aiming to reduce public spending between 2012 and 2014 by 150bn euros.
The only good news is that Spanish banks are now borrowing less from the European Central Bank.
Monday, 12 August 2013
Sunday, 11 August 2013
Saturday, 20 July 2013
It has been announced that there is to be a new beach pathway in the Moncayo area - see the Leader
This will stretch from Els Vivers to playa Babilonia - now this is what I find confusing !! Moncayo is not near Els Vivers and Babilonia. These are two separate area in the town the later being near the port from what I can remember.
So I guess we should just wait and see what happens
Water tanks and pumping systems in the area will be removed from public view in order to make the area more attractive.
Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Guardamar has joined the group of towns who now charge for parking - 850 parking spaces have been created near to the beaches and payment has been required since July 7th.
A new idea for this part of Spain but in the UK you will find very few towns that do not charge for parking. Car parking charges have been a way of life for many years and add a considerable amount to town hall coffers.
No doubt there will be a lot of complaints and arguing !!!!
Tuesday, 9 July 2013
Sunday, 7 July 2013
Friday, 5 July 2013
El Siglo the bar and restaurant has changed name and owners over the years and now is known as Donate II.
A Churreria and Heladeria - still waiting to open when this photo was taken in May.
Monday, 1 July 2013
Spain ended an unbeaten run of 29 competitive matches to be trounced by Brazil 3-0 in the FIFA Confederations Cup at the Maracana.
Goals from Fred 2 and Neymar 1 ended the hopes of the Spanish team.
To add insult to injury Sergio Ramos missed a penalty and Gerard Pique was shown a red card.
What of the Spanish team in the World Cup ? Watch this space...