Monday, March 31, 2008

Dirty Towel in a Bag

One of the girls brought home from school a dirty towel in a bag on Friday. Since they failed to give me instructions on what I was supposed to do with the towel, I decided that it must just belong to someone,so I sent it back. I was enlightened by their teacher this morning who informed us that every week the mothers were to take turns to wash the towel from the classroom washroom. So, I was obviously the chosen one! I don't know how they coped today without their towel since it is out there drying on the line as I type ready for tomorrow. Whoever gets it this weekend will be luckier than I was as it has a day's less use.

TV Watching

Did you know that the biggest TV watchers in Spain are in Andalucia, where the average is nearly 4 hours a day. Here are the stats. We only ever have the TV on if we are actually sitting down to watch something specific and our neighbours have commented on our strangeness at not having the TV on in the background. They put their TV on as soon as they get up and have it on in the background whenever they are at home until they go to bed at night.

We are moving soon and the previous owner very kindly left his satellite dish behind but we have got rid of it because I don't want to fall into the TV trap. At least if I only have Spanish TV, it will improve my Spanish and I will only watch what I really want to watch. If there is anything in English that I want to see, I will buy the DVD box sets.

Notes From Spain

If you are like me and you feel that your Spanish has reached a plateau and you are lacking inspiration to stretch yourself beyond the usual neighbourly chit chat or school gate conversation than you must look at Notes From Spain. Ben and Marina have put together a fab site and you can learn absolutely loads from Ben's observations on all things related to modern day spanish life including all kinds of random info such as "9 Famous Living Spaniards that Every Guiri Should Know". The site has such a modern, vibrant feel that it is a pleasure just to roam around it.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

Agro Jardin

Yesterday I went to Agro Jardin at around Spanish lunchtime. It was surprisingly quiet as whenever I have been before the coffee shop with the ball park is usually heaving. Perhaps people were making the most of the good weather sat at the beach.

Friday, March 28, 2008

Ticket Sites

Lots of people comment that they miss the theatre when living in Spain so I thought you might be interested to know that you don't have to miss out on theatre and concerts. You can pick up tickets for all kinds of events from Carrefour and El Corte Ingles plus there are the Ticket Master equivalent sites:


El Corte Ingles

Top Ticket Line

Tick Tack Ticket


General Tickets

Stage Entertainment

Thursday, March 27, 2008

What's New?

Rumour has it that Jo in Nueva Andalucia is getting excited about the new Clarkes shoe shop in Banus. Whatever turns you on!

All High School Musical fans in Andalucia will be pleased to know that High School Musical is coming to Jerez!!It is not until September but plan ahead becuase I expect they will sell out fast. Thankfully, it isn't at the height of summer so it won't be too hot and unbearable.

For all you historians out there, Carrefour have the DVD box set of the BBC series The Tudors for the bargain price of 28euros making it cheaper than Woolworths that are selling the same set for 28 pounds.

Next time you are shopping in Mercadona look out for some new products including "surtido" packs of different types of cold meats, houmous and if you are feeling really lazy and fancy eating something resembling airplane food I have noticed that they have increased their range of ready meals.

I have joined the Pilates Centre in Estepona which I can't rate enough both in terms of level of professionalism and the facilities offered in terms of equipment.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Been to Rome

We have just spent the last few days in Rome. Ancient Rome is truly spectacular and we managed to cover all the sites including The Colousseum, The Pantheon, the Roman Forum with two almost six year olds in tow. They even sat through an audience with the Pope. I have to say that contemporary Rome was chaotic and so I am glad to be back to the peace and tranquility of Manilva.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Storytime and Mountains

A couple of fellow school mums and I took our children to the Storytime session in Glitterati Bookshop in Estepoan which takes place at 11am on Saturdays. They all really enjoyed the story and the singing that follows. Whilst I was there I picked up a few gifts for people. You can't go wrong with books, notebooks, elegant soaps or candles for presents and they have all of this in there plus they offer a free gift wrapping service. You can also pick up greetings cards in there. All the prices are reasonable some even cheaper than what you would pay in a similar set up in the UK.

Afterwards we had planned to go for a picnic. So we all drove up the winding road up to the top of Estepona Mountain where we all had so much fun in the Narnia like forest.

Friday, March 14, 2008

My Neighbours Are Very Kind

Today I managed to lock myself out. The maintenance man who works on the urbanisation tried to pick the lock to get me in but it was no good. There was only one man to do the job but I knew that he was ill in bed with chickenpox. We eventually decided to ask him and he got off his deathbed and managed to get me in. I passed by the house later to see how he was feeling as he had had a doctors appointment. He and his wife were so kind to share their lunch with me even though I had turned up at the door invited.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Glitterati Estepona

I have recently discovered this fab book/gift shop/coffee shop in Estepona. It was really needed in this area and I hope that it is here to stay. The owner is a lovely, helpful lady and they have a good selection of the latest titles. Here are the details:

Urb. Puerto de Estepona
Avda. Del Carmen,33
Estepona 29680

Opening Hours
10 til 5 Monday to Friday
10 til 2 Saturday

From End March
10 til 2.30
5.30 til 7.30

Saturday 10-2.30