Beyond Mañana

Real Expat Life in Spain

November 29, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Visitors We Love

We love having visitors here in Spain!  We genuinely and sincerely mean that, and find talking to more cynical friends who are maybe longer term expats quite worrying…  Although crowd-sourcing this article was fun, it’s fair to say that feelings … Continue reading

November 20, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Winners and Losers in the Languages of Life

Last year our eldest daughter’s class were allowed to fundraise for their end of year trip by bringing in food and snacks to sell to the rest of the school on Fridays – surprisingly enterprising, I thought, for Spanish school.  … Continue reading

November 15, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Khan Academy: The Secret Weapon for all kids in Spanish Schools

I used to be considered quite good at maths, back in the day.  Certainly when I was 12 it didn’t present any difficulties, and to be honest I preferred maths and sciences academically to all the woolly intangible stuff it … Continue reading

November 14, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Zoriana Benhamou: Family Life, Marbella Style

Zoriana Benhamou and her family love life in Marbella so much, they wrote a whole website to share their experiences.  Having previously survived life in chilly Moscow, the sunshine of Andalucia was clearly a big attraction, but I wondered what … Continue reading

November 13, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Kids Are Not Interpreters

Hands up, I’m as guilty as anyone.  We are living in Spain as adult immigrants, they are growing up here with their astonishing sponge-like brains soaking up the nuances of several languages simultaneously – learning to truly think and move … Continue reading

November 13, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Clive Read: A Pioneering Expat in Javea

You can learn so much talking to people who have been in Spain for many years, and the changes they have seen here.  Clive Read and his wife Ann have carved out a happy life for themselves in Jávea over … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Dreaming Spain: The Early Years

I remember when I was a tiny girl, and holidays meant two weeks a year on the beautiful beaches of South Wales.  We always went to the same area, the same beaches, and it felt like coming home each time … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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The Story That Unites Us

Us expats in Spain certainly like to communicate – and not just with the folks back home.  Grab a café Americano and let’s have a chat shall we?  After all, it’s a lovely day, once again… Amongst the most interesting … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Education Decisions: Why We Initially Opted for International Schooling

Our decision prior to arrival – in fact, the decision that probably most dictated the very part of Spain we initially moved to – was to place both girls in International English school. We researched as much as we could, … Continue reading

November 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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A New Life In The Sun – Such A Bad Idea?

It’s such a cliché, after all.  The odd job man whose upgrade from Stansted to Alicante somehow extended to the CV enhancement of ‘Master Builder’, the guy who had successfully installed his own washing machine once deciding he really fancied … Continue reading