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.
Thursday, 20 December 2012
Old rivals Manchester United and Real Madrid have been drawn to play in the last 16 of the European Champions League.
This will mean the first return of Cristiano Ronaldo to Old Trafford since he was sold to Real Madrid in June 2009.
The rivals last met in the 2002-03 quarter finals when Real Madrid won 6-5 on aggregate.
The first leg to take place February 12/13 or 19/20 and the return March 5/6 or 12/13/
Looks good ........
Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Saturday, 8 December 2012
Sunday, 25 November 2012
Today important regional elections will be held in Catalonia.
Polls indicate that the nationalist parties will do very well - the election is focused again on the question of independence plus a row with central government over funding.
Should the nationalists gain a good proportion of the vote they will be demanding a referendum on the question of independence something the central government will resist.
Exciting times ahead.
Monday, 17 September 2012
Not a very good start to the La Liga season for Real Madrid this year.
A defeat 1-0 to Sevilla yesterday sees them 11th in the league with one win, one draw and two games we will not mention - a total of four points.
This is a situation that can not be allowed to continue - heads will roll.
Tuesday sees Manchester City visit Madrid in the Champions League - this game I shall be watching on TV and I would imagine it will be good as both teams are evenly matched.
Perhaps it will end a draw - 1-1 / that is my prediction !!
Saturday, 11 August 2012
Friday, 3 August 2012
As from the 9th July new rules apply with regard to nationals of the European Union who wish to reside more than 3 months in Spain - Order 1490.
Residents must prove they have sufficient income so as not to become a burden on the state and are either covered by private health care or covered by the National Health system of their originating country.
I'm sure this is going to become a logistical nightmare for some people and I can not ascertain from the documents I've read whether this applies to people already living in Spain who have residency documents already.
In the short term it will deter people from entering Spain to live and no doubt have an effect on the property market.
We await further news ..
Monday, 23 July 2012
Saturday, 30 June 2012
The final of Euro 2012 on Sunday and Spain are there..
The opponents Italy in what would appear to be a very interesting match.
No doubt there will be a lot of screaming and shouting in the bars up and down the Costa Blanca.
I think our Manchester City player Mario will be a deciding factor - either a couple of goals or a red card and an early bath.
Saturday, 16 June 2012
Sunday, 10 June 2012
The venue Gdansk Poland
Score Spain 1 Italy 1
Not the best start for Spain. Torres came on as substitute in the second half but failed to score even after being given great goal scoring opportunities.
Must admit my eyes began to droop but that may have been caused by numerous glasses of wine.
Better luck next time
Spain's finance minister has confirmed that they will seek financial aid to help prop up the ailing banking system.
Madrid insists that this is not a rescue and not all banks need money.
A formal request has not been made but her eurozone partners would be prepared to lend them up to 100bn euros. Two independent audits of the banking system should be published 21st June and that will reveal how much cash is needed.
We home owners will now have to wait and see what happens next to property values and taxes.
Watch this space.....
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Friday, 27 April 2012
Thursday, 26 April 2012
Another bad week for Spanish football - neither Real Madrid or Barcelona will feature in the UEFA Champions League Final.
Barcelona were upset by Chelsea and Bayern Munich triumphed over Real Madrid in a penalty shootout.
Such is life....
Sunday, 22 April 2012
Real Madrid managed to beat their old rivals Barcelona 2-1 yesterday - goals from Khedira and Ronaldo of Madrid and Sanchez of Barcelona.
This now gives Real Madrid a seven point lead in the title race.
Wednesday is now the important game of the year - against Bayern Munich in the UEFA Champions League and a 2-1 deficit to make up.
So much excitement .....
Tuesday, 27 March 2012
A lovely sunny day here in England and warmth to match Spain ...
This unseasonal weather is expected to last for the next few days and then temperatures will drop to normal.
It is strange to sit in the garden in such sunny and warm weather and yet the trees are still to leaf.
It is not unusual to have snow at this time of the year so we'll just wait and see what is still in store for us.
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Friday, 2 March 2012
Not many skies like this in the UK at the moment - apart from this evening lots of cloud about normally.
Not at all sure when we will get back to Spain - one worn out knee to be sorted first - perhaps !!
Not many photos left to load onto the Blog either - it's a poor do.
Friday, 17 February 2012
Wednesday, 15 February 2012
Monday, 13 February 2012
Saturday, 11 February 2012
Wednesday, 8 February 2012
Tuesday, 7 February 2012
Sunday, 5 February 2012
Saturday, 4 February 2012
Friday, 3 February 2012
Wednesday, 25 January 2012
It is a near to impossible task trying to ascertain the dates of Guardamar's Moors and Christians celebrations.
However after a lot of searching the internet we have discovered it runs from July 20th to 29th this year.
The town will be very busy - it will be very hot but watching the parades and fireworks will make it well worthwhile.