Entertainment and News Update 30 June 2017

Welcome back to the newsletter, it has been some time, we took a break to concentrate on the website and some new projects so we have been a little distracted but we are back and enjoying this glorious summer weather.

Did you know?

Traditionally, you have two surnames in Spain – the first surname from your father, and the second from your mother.

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

The Expat Interview – Thinking of Moving to Calpe on the Costa Blanca?

This week’s newsletter features an interview with Frank H. Logchies of Just Homes.  Calpe is an extremely popular choice for expats so this really will be of interest to many of our readers…

Click the image below or on this link…

Calpe Tourist Information – The Insider’s Guide to the Real Calpe Most People Miss…

Things You Didn’t Know About Spain

Most households buy fresh bread every day. Traditionally, they are long baguettes called barras or pistolas. Bread is present (and required) at almost every meal.

Letter of the Week – Working in Tenerife

Marie sent us this letter which we think is incredibly useful if you are intending on searching for full-time work:

Some people write that foreigners come to Spain to the most touristic areas and that is the wrong choice. But it is an understandable choice – for many people it is exactly the sea and the beach that is most appealing. I moved to the south of Tenerife nearly three years ago, it was intended as a 4-5 months’ stay, but I loved the place and decided to stay on and try to settle in.


I did not speak Spanish when I came, but, naturally, in the process of living here I have learned to speak it enough to get by with authorities etc., though not enough to work for an all-Spanish firm. I would not say I stayed hoping for a laid-back life style, I love to work and have a great sense of responsibility for doing a good job, what was appealing to me was the vicinity of beach and the possibility to go there after work and at weekends, all year round – it does work as great stress relief and gives the change of pace and relaxation like nothing else. I am also a very adaptable person, and get along with most people I meet, despite nationality, race, age, or educational background.

Whatever negative comments I have read here about Spanish people can be applied to many other nations. I have met many good Spanish people here; yes, you have to speak their language as most of them do not speak English at all or not sufficiently to hold a meaningful conversation. There are cultural differences, of course, yes, there is the mañana thing, but not everyone is the same. I have dealt with very efficient and helpful people in the municipality, in gestoria, in court, in car rental agency, just to name a few. It appears to be a combination of luck as well as your own attitude: even a very professional and helpful person will turn his/her unfriendly side to you if your manner expresses mistrust and expectation of inefficiency or failure.

Tenerife, naturally, does not have a wide selection of office jobs for qualified professionals, and the competition is fierce, that is only to be expected. The only truly bad thing here, as well as in the continental Spain for what I hear from other people, is the labour market situation. It does not concern people who come here for retirement or have tons of money or a good business idea (the latter two categories are not guaranteed against meeting the labour market face to face at some point either), but people who need a job to live. Salaries are low, that is one thing, but what is worse is that you can almost never hope to get a permanent contract, whether you are Canarian or whatever you are.

This was the “brilliant” idea of the Spanish goverment to fight the recession of 2008 – to relax the legislation concerning temporary contracts – and vola! – the official unemployment rates have dropped allowing the governement to start boasting everywhere about the so-called Spanish miracle. In practice, it means this: you are given a temporary contract, usually 3 or 6 months initially, then it may be prolonged to one year, but not beyond that because in this case the employer must give you a permanent contract. In order to avoid this, they fire you, no matter whether you are good or bad at your job, you have your 4 months of unemployment benefits, and then the cycle repeats – work for maximum 1 year, 4 months of benefits. Hotel chains might move you to another hotel after those 4 months.

Car rental agencies works the same way. So there is an army of hotel receptionists, car rental agents, waiters, cooks, and chambermaids, as well as office clerks, migrating from company to company in a cycle. Experience and work quality mean nothing, what matters to the employer is not to give you a permanent contract and not to pay you sickness/holidays/pension at all costs. There are some companies who do value employees and offer permanent contracts to good workers, but they are so few that by the time you find one you will already be planning to move away. It is not surprising that the customer service is often bad as people are discouraged and depressed. Funnily enough, it is mainly British-owned firms that offer better conditions and permanent contracts, but they are so few and often out of reach for the locals due to poor command of English.beach in tenerife

Many young Canarians, both single and families, who try to build an independent life, are often forced to give up and move back with theirs parents simply not being able to continue paying the rent. Foreigners fight for a while and leave the island. Understandably, this situation on the labour market means that there is no stability and no way to plan anything for a longer term, not to mention any career growth of course. If you need to work for a living, sooner or later this instability gets to you and you realise that not even the vicinity of the ocean helps on the general mood.

Very sadly, after all this time, I am leaving for UK. After witnessing the job market and seeing everyone I know being thrown about like garbage for all this time, no sun and beach can beat a permanent contract in UK and its dignified work conditions. It is painful to see people here struggling. It is not true at all that all Spanish are so lazy as many people seem to believe, many of them work like slaves in inhuman conditions and no hope for any change.

I have been extremely lucky here with my landlord, and a well-paid job that was excellent until a new manager came, but it is a mistake to think that the situation that the majority of people are in will never touch me, and staying on will just be pushing my luck. Compared to the situation on the labour market, all I have read here is petty complaints about things that are either unpredictable accidents or things one can adjust to. After all this, I would never say I hate Spain or Tenerife! I love this island so much, it is a fantastic place in so many aspects, and I only feel huge compassion for people who live and work here, and can only hope that this situation will improve the sooner the better.

This is from one of our readers – anyone got a Yorkshire Terrier and in need of de-stressing, maybe this is for you?

Pound Reaches 3-Week High Versus Euro, as UK Inflation Climbs

Euro Nears 8-Month High Versus Pound, as ECB Talks Up Euro Outlook


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

The common currency soars against sterling!

The euro to pound interbank exchange rate has hit 0.8877 this week, its highest since November 8th last year, or close to 8 months.

What’s more, looking forward, the euro could continue to climb against the pound. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. The euro may rise, because European Central Bank president Mario Draghi hinted this week that the ECB may soon begin to withdraw its massive monetary stimulus.


  1. The common currency could jump, because Mr. Draghi also said that “All the signs now point to a strengthening and broadening recovery in the euro area”.


  1. The euro may strengthen, because new French president Emmanuel Macron has obtained a large Parliamentary majority at recent elections, to reform France’s economy.


  1. The pound could weaken, because Bank of England governor Mark Carney warned this week that banks are at risk of “forgetting the lessons” of the financial crisis.


  1. Sterling may lose out, because 3 different members of the Bank of England’s interest rate-setting committee have said different things about the outlook for UK rates in 1 week.

With all this in mind, the euro to pound interbank exchange rate could soon exceed its 8-month high!

Recipe of the Week – Spanish Garlic Chicken (Pollo al Ajillo)

Learn how to make delicious chicken thighs with a tasty garlic-wine sauce. This classic Spanish recipe is very easy and simple to make, with a great end result. Everyone will love it!

Jobs in Spain

  1. Hi, I´m looking for somebody to come and give me a hand with my catering in Ibiza. It would be a part-time job and include a room in my house, great food and the use of a scooter, and also some money, depends on the person/experience/level of work as to how much. Just looking for somebody upbeat with some energy and enthusiasm and a bit of experience in the hospitality industry. email ma_honeyz@hotmail.com
  2. Are you still looking for work? We are located on the Costa del Sol 40 minutes east of Malaga. If you are interested please email us a up to date CV to bakersbar@hotmail.com
  3. I run the Caribbean bar in Fuengirola, Spain. If you are still looking for work, you can contact me on 0034 607 912 786.
    All the best. Simon.

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


Mark Eastwood – Spain Made Simple


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