Entertainment and News Update 16 December 2016

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

Did you know?

Children in Spain don’t open their gifts on Christmas day. Instead, they wait until the procession of the Three Kings in January before finally opening their presents. So, what happens if there’s no procession? Nah! Of course, there always will be.


yellow-happyRead on to know more interesting facts about Spain. 

The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Montroy in Valencia, Spain?

This week’s newsletter features Simon Creed of Azahar Properties who shared with us the many reasons why Montroy is a good choice to live. He also shared a number of useful insights on the current property market and revealed the advantages of acting quickly when it comes to making a purchase.

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Montroy, Valencia – Quick Essential Tourist Guide From Locals

This Week’s Featured Town in Spain – Cadiz

Cadiz is nestled on a peninsula that stretches out into a bay with the area almost completely surrounded by water. Now the base station of the Spanish Navy, Cadiz now boasts over 100 watchtowers which include the famous Torre Tavira as well as the 18th century Cadiz Cathedral located on the waterfront.

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Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Every year, on the 15th of May, many women who are still single would visit the Ermita de San Isidro in Madrid. Once there, what they do next is that they prick their fingers, get a container, and then place the blood from the pricked finger into the container. These women believe that the practice will help them in finding their future husband.

Ermita de San Isidro, Madrid

Ermita de San Isidro, Madrid – Photo by J.L. de Diego, Wikimedia Commons

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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.

Pound Nears 6-Month High Versus Euro, as UK Economy Stays Resilient


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

Sterling rebounds further versus the common currency! The pound to euro exchange rate has climbed +1.5 cents recently to 1.1950, close to its highest since the UK’s vote for Brexit in June.

What’s more, looking ahead, the pound could soon exceed its 6-month high against the euro. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. The British Chamber of Commerce has upgraded its UK GDP growth forecast for 2016 by +0.3%, to 2.1%, the fastest in the G7.

This could lift the pound, because the BCC’s forecast tell us that the UK economy remains resilient, in spite of the uncertainties following the vote for Brexit.

2. UK unemployment held steady at 4.8% in October, the lowest since 2005, according to the Office for National Statistics.

This may boost sterling, because if UK joblessness stays low, Brits have more money to spend, which will in turn lift UK economic growth.

3. The Eurozone has paused a debt relief plan for Greece, as Greece has unilaterally decided to spend an extra €619 million on a pensions payout.

This could weaken the euro, because this disagreement has again raised concerns that Greece will eventually exit the euro, and bring back the drachma.

4. Eurozone industrial production unexpectedly sank –0.1% in October, well below forecasts for a +0.2% gain, and the 2nd consecutive monthly dip.

This may drag down the common currency, because this tells us that the common currency bloc’s factories are still struggling to drum up business.

5. The Eurozone faces difficult elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany next year, in which populists could topple the political establishment.

This could weigh on the euro, because if Marine La Pen becomes President of France in 2017 for instance, the survival of the EU will come into doubt.

With all this in mind, the pound could rise above its 6-month high versus the euro!



Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Fabada Asturiana is a complete and classic dish from Asturias in the northern part of Spain. A very easy recipe, its ingredients include white butter beans (soaked overnight), chorizo (spicy sausage), chunk of salty pork belly, black pudding (morcilla), onion, garlic cloves, sweet paprika, saffron, salt and olive oil. The best way to serve the Fabada is when it’s piping hot. Enjoy it with your favorite drink such as wine and cider.


Fabada Asturiana – Photo by Flavio Lorenzo Sanchez, Wikimedia Commons

Check out this video which shows how simple it is to make one at home.

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

Latest Jobs in Spain

Hello Guys,

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Best Regards,

Teaching Assistant position, Spain (many locations) 20 hour p/week
No experience required but A Level education is a minimum
Native English speakers.
Free accommodation with monthly grant. Register at Europe Language Jobs for free (link below) to apply to this position.
More info. here:  https://bit.ly/2h6ThkQ . Sent by Matt.

Black Bull Restaurant in Torremendo, Alicante is seeking a young Commis Chef. We offer full year contract and can help with accommodation.

Send your foto and cv to shroderm@gmail.com asap.

Thank you
Michael Shroder

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


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple


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