Missing London

For all you British out there missing a bit of home check out this YouTube video.

Great Video!

Commented Kellie Callaghanh in Quesada 2016-10-16 15:43:14 UTC

Calendar of Christmas Events: In Spain

Calendar of Christmas Events:

December 8th – This is the public holiday of Immaculada (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) which marks the beginning of the religious Christmas celebrations. Most notable in Seville.

21st December – In a few cities including Granada the celebration of Hogueras (bonfires) takes place. This date marks the winter solstice (shortest day) and where it is celebrated involves people jumping through fires to protect themselves against illness.

22nd December – All over Spain people never stray far from a TV or radio as the Christmas lottery is drawn over a period of many hours. Everybody in Spain buys tickets for this lottery in the hope of winning El Gordo (the fat one) and the winning number usually means that a good number of people from the same village become a lot better off overnight. Besides the big three prizes there are thousands of smaller prizes shared by people all over Spain.

24th December – Christmas Eve is called Nochebuena in Spanish (Goodnight) and it is the most important family gathering of the year. In the evening people often meet early for a few drinks with friends then return home to enjoy a meal with the family. Most bars and restaurants close in the evening. Prawn starters followed by roast lamb would be a typical meal rounded off with a typically Christmas sweet called turrón which is a nougat made of toasted sweet almonds. Another typical festive sweet is called Polvorones which is made from almonds, flour and sugar. Cava, Catalan champagne, would be the chosen drink for the Christmas toast though plenty fine Spanish wines will also be consumed with the meal.

25th December – Children may receive a small gift on Nochebuena or this morning but the day for presents is 6th January, Epiphany, when the Three Kings bring gifts for the children. Christmas Day is a national holiday in Spain so shops are closed yet it is not a day of great celebration but rather a calm day when people go out for a walk, drop into a bar, etc. Another large family meal at lunchtime is common though it’s b


Hi Everybody.

We are new to this forum and not sure what the rules are! But we find that Christmas time in Spain can be very lonely and wishing that we were back home with all the family around us. But sitting outside in the sunshine in just shorts writing to you, well nothing can really beat that.
Would be so nice to speak to ex pats on this site and just talk about the joys and woes of living in Spain. God Bless.
John and Katy Maid

Commented twizzlemaid in La Rioja 2016-10-11 11:31:27 UTC

What are the national dishes of Spain?

Since each of Spain’s regions has its own regional specialties, it is difficult to say that there is a national dish of Spain. Historically Spain was divided into small kingdoms; each one with its own language, culture and cuisine. Even today, Spain remains divided into 17 Autonomous Communities, each one with its own unique cuisine. However, there are a few dishes that have gained popularity all over Spain and some internationally:

Tortilla Española – Spanish Omelet, made of eggs, potatoes and onions.

Gazpacho – Andalusian Cold Tomato Soup. This refreshing dish originated in the region of Andalucia, but is served everywhere during the hot summer months.
Paella de Marisco – Spanish Seafood Rice. Paella Valenciana originated in the fields of Valencia, where country folk mixed rice with rabbit, snails and vegetables and cooked it over an open fire. It has evolved into Spain’s most well-known dish, where fish, shellfish, meat, pork and/or chicken may be used.
Jamon Serrano – Spanish Ham. Several regions are known for the ham they produce, but it is eaten all over the Peninsula.
Chorizo Sausage – Spanish Pork Sausage. A wide variety of chorizo sausage is eaten in every corner of Spain on a regular basis.


Hi. Always nice to know what the locals eat and thanks for information.

Commented niamcult in Quesada 2016-10-11 11:09:36 UTC

Thousands still without power, cleaning up after Hurricane Matthew

Thousands of Floridians are still without power more three days after Hurricane Matthew skirted up the east coast with 100 mph winds and torrential rain.

Duke Energy and Florida Power and Light were reporting more than 75,000 customers without power across the state this morning. More than half of those were just in Volusia County — the hardest hit area in Central Florida.

Downed trees and power lines, along with localized flooding were a common sight throughout Central Florida. Communities closer to the coast also saw roof and building damage, along with severe beach erosion.

Volusia and Brevard county schools remain closed today as crews work to restore power and repair any damage. Volusia County has also canceled classes for Tuesday. Brevard officials said they decide later today about reopening on Tuesday.

Officials had hoped to restore most, if not all power to Volusia County residents by Sunday, but as of this morning more than 41,000 customers were still in the dark. The beaches there remain closed because of strong rip currents and possible debris in the water.
Crews also need to repair several access ramps and replace signs and lifeguard towers before reopening to vehicle traffic. Officials plan to reopen the beaches in sections, starting with the high-usage areas.

Most major roads in Volusia were cleared of debris by Saturday and power had started to return to the larger intersections along International Speedway Boulevard in Daytona Beach by that evening.


Sourcing Craft Supplies

Hi Folks,
can anybody help?
Trying to source Craft supplies and I am struggling lol.
Looking for good quality card, around 250 to 300 grams in weight, glues inc modge podge, spray glues, glitter glues and glitter varnish, stamps and inks...
Maybe a brick and mortar shop does not exist?
Unfortunately buying online is either exorbitantly expensive for shipping or prohibited.
any info greatly appreciated :)


Hiya. My wife and I love making unique gift ware more of a hobby really, but we have the same problem in finding a shop where we can buy our materials. We have to source from the UK as Spain is so backward when it comes to arts and crafts, unless anyone can tell us otherwise! Good luck in finding a shop.

Commented virgobob7 in Comunidad Valenciana 2016-09-27 11:29:37 UTC

We are currently in production in creating online shops within the ASL group. The shops will be offered to people that create all sorts of unique gift ware. No mass produced items will be permitted as the shops are dedicated totally for the Arts and Crafts and unique gift ware industry with no listing fees or commission charges. For general inquiries and further information, please contact admin@aspanishlife.com

Commented Support in Alicante 2016-09-27 11:48:47 UTC

Is your shops just going to be for resedence of Spain? We have a shop with Etsy at the moment, been with them for years but it's changed so much now and not for the good so we are looking for something new, will email soon.

Commented Bob & June Hampton in Quesada 2016-09-27 15:08:12 UTC

Hi Bob & June

My wife and I used to love making hand made items and we still do! But had a very similar experience that you guys had. Years ago ETSY was very good and we were fairly successful in selling our products, but like everything things changed and now it is a multi million pound enterprise that allows mass produced items.

I truly hope you are listening ASL to what we are saying. We think you have hit on a brilliant idea to include online shops to your site and if you keep it to just hand made unique crafts, then you have our support 100%

Commented virgobob7 in Comunidad Valenciana 2016-09-27 17:40:00 UTC

Sounds very interesting!
Have lots of questions so have sent you an email.
Look forward to your reply:)

Commented sofiawella in Quesada 2016-09-28 09:16:49 UTC

Dear June and Bob

Thanks for your comments. Just to answer your question. ASL is predominantly visited by European Countries with the U.K. being number one, but saying that we are now seeing visitors from the USA!
A lady called Jan, who has over 10 years experience in the hand made craft industry, also being a Director of ASL is heading this department and her wealth of knowledge and experience will undoubtedly be a great asset.
We will keep you posted on developments.

Commented Support in Alicante 2016-09-28 12:36:21 UTC

There used to be a craft shop at San Luis in Torrevieja called Kates. She had a large selection of supplies, well worth a visit.

Commented Diane in La Marina 2016-10-07 20:23:38 UTC

Bank Holiday

Its a local bank holiday today in Rojales .

Next Wednesday it is a National Holiday for all of Spain


Finca La Vuelta 'on tour'

Saturday 10 September we are organising an 'open air' food and music festival in the beautiful park of Benijófar. This location is only 3 minutes away from our finca!

In cooperation with our friends of 'Plaza Diferente' and 'Supermercado Diferente' we will bring you a fantastic night out you will remember.

In the park we are serving a big range of superb 'street food' from different kinds of market stalls.

On the stage you can enjoy a full evening of fantastic live Music acts. Among them the very popular and best live duo act at the coast 'Bella Luna'.

Also you can enjoy amazing street artists and surprise acts.

The whole evening will be held in a stylish 'Hippie' kind of setting.

The festival starts at 18.00 until 01.00.

With this festival we are supporting the social service in Benijófar. They take care of families in need. By visiting our festival you are supporting these people as well.

Tickets are € 5,00 (including welcome drink) and available at our restaurant and at 'plaza and Supermercado Diferente'.

You can reserve your tickets as well online at our website www.restaurantelavuelta.com

Come and bring your friends or family to join us at Saturday the 10th of September at the park of Benijófar.

We are looking forward to welcome you and bring you a great night out!

With best regards,

Sam and Hein
Restaurante Finca La Vuelta
+34 966727559


New Apple watch is now out

The Apple Watch Series 2 has been officially unveiled as the successor to the Apple Watch and it's bringing some pretty big new features.

Like the original, you'll be able to pick the Series 2 in 38mm and 42mm case sizes but the big news on the design front is that the Apple Watch Series 2 will be waterproof this time. So you can take it for a dip at up to 50 metres depth, which is the same waterproofing as the Fitbit Flex 2. For swimmers, it will have both pool swim and open water swim options.

Must read hands on: Apple Watch Series 2

There's also changes in the display department where Apple has opted for a new touchscreen that is apparently 2 times brighter than its predecessor offering 1,000 nits of brightness. Apple says this is the brightest screen it has created on any of its devices.


Weather for September


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Averages for Alicante in September
Weather lowdown
September is the end of summer and start of autumn in Alicante, depending on which portion of the month you arrive in. The beginning of the month will be much warmer than the end, and autumn is the start of the rainy season so expect regular showers by the end.
There are still around 8 hours of sunshine each day, with average temperatures of 24C and highs of 29C. Overnight, the temperature is unlikely to fall much below 19C. It should still be quite warm and pleasant for much of the month. It’s a similar story across the country with average temperatures of 25C and highs of 32C in Seville. It will be slightly cooler in Barcelona, in the north of Spain, with average temperatures of 22C and highs of 26C. High humidity levels year round in Alicante will ensure the temperature feels much warmer, though it will be mediated somewhat by higher wind speeds and increased rainfall.
Autumn is the rainy season in Alicante. Visitors will almost certainly experience some heavy showers and there’s a risk of flooding at this time. In 1997 nearly 271mm of rain fell over a six hour period, causing flash floods and turning the streets into a river. However, Alicante doesn’t see floods every year. There have been a number of years when the city saw no rainfall at all. On average, it expects rainfall of 41mm over 5 days in September; still more than four times the amount expected in August. There’s also likely to be some hail and thunderstorms at the end of the month.
The rest of Spain will see similarly increased levels of rainfall. Barcelona, for example, expects average rainfall of 40mm over 9 days.
Denia Maria port in Alicante, Spain



The area of North coast blanca Javea.
He later confirmed to fans that he was 'safe' but described the inferno as 'scary'.
Spanish emergency crews are still working to bring the fire under control and authorities said more than 200 firefighters with 65 vehicles were deployed to the scene.
The temperature in the area was forecast to reach 36 degrees Celsius (96.8 Fahrenheit), but officials were hoping a stiff wind that has fanned the flames would drop.
Emergency services said they almost brought the blaze under control on Sunday, but when water-dumping aircraft stood down after sunset the fire surged again and compelled the evacuations.

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