Entertainment and News Update 12 January 2017

Welcome to our latest newsletter with plenty of job vacancies in Spain, news updates and opinions from expats…

Are you still sticking to your New Year’s resolution 11 days into January?

Did you know that approximately 82% of people didn’t stick to their New Year’s fitness resolution for more than a week in 2016, according to findings by mobile health and fitness company HealthifyMe.

Our resolution is to continue to bring you a healthy mix of entertainment, news, fun and facts about Spain in 2017.

Did you know?

The Puerta del Sol Plaza, translated as “Gate of the Sun” is regarded as the physical center of Spain. Situated in the Spanish capital of Madrid, the area is assigned with the 0 (zero) km mark which is being used for Spain’s radial road network. It is like a combination of U.S.’ Hollywood and Empire State Building!


Puerta del Sol – Photo by Tomas Fano, Wikimedia Commons

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The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Cordoba, Spain?

This week’s newsletter features Paul A. Chynoweth, director at Andalucia Casas, who shared with us the several reasons why Cordoba is a good choice to live. He also revealed a number of interesting insights on the current property market in the area and a “golden rule” that one should remember when it comes to contacting someone from the city.

Continue to read the full article. Click below.

Córdoba City – Quick Essential Tourist Guide From Locals

This Week’s Featured Town in Spain – Figueres

Figueres, which is translated as “Fig Tree,” is the last town prior to reaching the Spanish/French border in the Spanish county of Alt Emporda. It is home to a number of historical monuments and cultural spots which include the 18th century military fortress that stands on top of a hill and the Castle of Sant Ferran.

Continue to read the full article by clicking the link below.

Figueres – The Essential Guide from Local Residents…

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Love tomatoes? Every year, on the last Wednesday of August, a Spanish town known as Buñol holds the much-awaited food fight festival La Tomatina. People, both locals and tourists, would throw several metric tons of over riped tomatoes for an hour of fun and mushy tomato fight. If you’re attending this festival, do remember that accommodation may be limited since the number of tourists who come to the event is said to reach around 20,000 to 50,000. In the photo below, notice how the walls are covered with huge plastic covers as a way for shopkeepers to protect their store fronts.


La Tomatina – Photo by Carlesboveserral, Wikimedia Commons

Help Required – Do you Live in Spain?

Can we ask you a question or two via email to help get some local tips and advice that would help others?

It might be something like, what is it like to live in your village or what things are there to do and see locally?

We will publish any answers on the website (and perhaps the next newsletter) with your quote, crediting your name as the source as if it would be published in a newspaper.

Euro reaches 9-week high versus pound, as May leans to hard Brexit


Welcome to Pure FX’s latest update of the euro to pound exchange rate.

The common currency jumps versus sterling! The euro to pound exchange rate has hit 0.8699 this week, its highest in 9 weeks, or since November 9th.

What’s more, the euro could continue to strengthen against the pound, in 2017. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. UK prime minister Theresa May has said in an interview with Sky News that the UK won’t “keep bits” of EU membership after Brexit.

This could drag down the pound, because Mrs. May’s comments suggest that the UK won’t retain access to the Single Market once it leaves the EU, which may weaken the UK’s economy.

  1. The UK’s trade deficit ballooned to -£3.57 billion in November, according to the Office for National Statistics this week, well above October’s figure of –£2.11 billion.

This may weaken sterling, because this suggests that the UK continues to import far more than it exports, in spite of the pound’s drop since the vote for Brexit.

  1. The World Bank has cut its UK economic growth forecast for 2017 to just 1.2%, down from its previous estimate of 2.1%, as Brexit uncertainty weighs on growth.

This could weigh on the pound, because the World Bank’s forecast indicate that UK GDP growth will be dampened, until the UK sorts out its new relationship with the EU.

  1. Eurozone unemployment fell to 9.8% in November, its lowest since July 2009, said official statistics body Eurostat this week.

This may strengthen the euro, because it tells us that the Eurozone continues to create new jobs, in spite of political risks including Marine La Pen’s election as French president this year.

  1. Investors’ confidence in the Eurozone’s economic outlook has hit its highest since July 2011 this month, according to Sentix.

This could boost the common currency, because if investors feel confidence in the Eurozone’s future, they’re likely to invest more in European businesses, lifting Eurozone GDP in 2017.

With all this in mind, the euro could rise above its 9-week high against the pound in 2017!

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Crema Catalana is Spain’s version of the dessert known as crème brûlée. Other names of this well-loved dessert include Trinity cream and burnt cream. It is made up of a rich custard base which is topped with a layer or “burnt” hard caramel. This type of dessert is usually served at normal room temperature.


Crema Catalana – Photo by Katherine Price, Wikimedia Commons

It turns out that Crema Catalana is really super easy to make! Check out this video to learn more.

More surprising facts to be revealed in the next newsletter. Be sure not to miss any of it!

Latest Jobs in Spain

Close Protection wanted for 3-4 days in Pamploma, Spain; June 14-17th 2017. Approximate 6-8 hours per day. Must have certification, be good with kids, active, provide transportation, security clearance preferred and provide documentation. English speaking.

If your able and interested, please contact me at: BHARKNES@CNMC.org

In the subject line please write: Assistance in Spain

Many email get blocked from overseas, this will aid me in finding your email. Please tell me what your fee would be, your work experience and if you have any connections at certain hotels for references. If you would be willing to tell me if you have children and your hobbies, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you kindly!   Sent by Beth

Hi. I’m looking for a fully qualified experienced hairdresser, beautician and barber for a busy salon in Magaluf, Mallorca.

It will be a commision based wage. The salon is usually fully booked in the summer so the opportunity to make extremely good money is available!

Must speak English! Any Spanish is a bonus! Please email me katiepearn@hotmail.com with a CV.

Sent by Katie Pearn.

We are opening a small restaurant in Duquesa in April. We are looking for a full time second chef. Please email your CV if interested. Montesrestaurantduquesa@yahoo.com.

Sent by Vicki Prentice.

Teaching position in south Tenerife, Spain 20 hour p/week. Native English speakers with TEFL qualification.
Send CV and covering letter to: cib@cib.es.

Sent by Christine.

Thank you everyone and we look forward to receiving any contributions towards the next newsletter.


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple



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