Scribbler in Seville

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Five things Spanish people say a lot (and what they really mean)

I’ve written about lots of fiestas lately – music, dancing, flamenca¬†dresses and general Andalucian¬†excess on all fronts, laughing in the face of austerity and denying the very existence of “la cosa“, as some prefer to refer to la crisis obliquely,…

Carnaval de Cadiz, family style

It started as a casual conversation with a complete stranger outside a restaurant. He was from Cadiz, and wanted to know if we were going to Carnaval? Hmm, not sure, bit full-on with kids, we replied. Nah, he said, you’ll…

False friends and other fine messes

One of the things that always astonishes – and depresses – me about long-term expats here in Spain is how many of them have a grasp of Spanish somewhere between weak and non-existent. This might be because they haven’t been…

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