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by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 11:48 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Holiday lets - strange requests.
Replies: 33
Views: 7570

True story: Had a guy renting an apartment in the same building where we lived. One night, at 4am, our intercom buzzed. We ignored it at first, but it became quite persistent, so my wife eventually got out of bed to find out who the Hell was bothering us at such an hour. Our tenant was outside, VERY...
by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:53 pm
Forum: General
Topic: DIGITAL CAMERAS - WHICH ONE
Replies: 26
Views: 5121

I drove all the way to Andorra to buy my camera, because they're very cheap there. I saved €100. When I added up the cost of fuel and overnight stops, I realised my thinking was slightly flawed, but I enjoyed the trip anyway. I swore I would only ever buy a "brand" name camera, but some sm...
by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:22 pm
Forum: Food, Drink, Recipes & Gastronomy
Topic: Party food ideas please!!!!
Replies: 44
Views: 18651

Someone beat me to it (think it was Rick?) - dates in bacon, mmmmm. Try to buy "deshuesado" dates, it's a sticky business getting the stones out otherwise. If in season, pimientos de padron (the little green peppers) are a lot of fun as you never know which ones are going to blow your brai...
by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:14 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: How many cats
Replies: 22
Views: 10180

And the Swedes, I believe?
by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:12 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: Estate Agent Speak ... Plot/built
Replies: 13
Views: 7559

There are three ways of measuring a building. The first, when you apply for a licence, is the absolute minimum and only includes the basic internal usable facilities, conveniently forgetting the garage and utility room and possibly one of the bedrooms - this also goes on the Escritura. The second, ...
by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 10:04 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: One more sleep/few questions
Replies: 27
Views: 3857

Kenny, what's wrong with Torrie? If it's cold & wet when you arrive, you can always stop off here. I'll get the missus to put on a big pot of Scouse. But if you really want to avoid us, just stay in the right hand lane and follow the signs for Benalmadena. If you see the BMW garage, you've just ...
by Miro
Mon Mar 26, 2007 9:53 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Selling English cars
Replies: 18
Views: 3207

I had the towbar problem with a Landcruiser - this was 10 years ago BTW. Nice to know some things haven't changed! Another semi-problem was that the model I brought over was originally sold in Germany, with a petrol engine, but was never offered on the Spanish market, so when they looked it up in th...
by Miro
Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:36 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: mercadona prices DO vary inland ! (you'd be surprised!!)
Replies: 11
Views: 7025

€1.05 for a loaf of bread? Blimey, on a budget of €500 a month that means only 476 loaves a month in the campo!
by Miro
Sun Mar 25, 2007 7:15 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Holiday lets - strange requests.
Replies: 33
Views: 7570

OK, just one more for now: Had a German guy rent an apartment, got behind on his rent, moved a Moroccan prostitute in with him, started getting complaints from neighbours etc etc. Went to confront him, asked him to leave. Started to get a bit nasty, and he got on his mobile and called for back up. I...
by Miro
Sat Mar 24, 2007 5:24 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Holiday lets - strange requests.
Replies: 33
Views: 7570

God, I've got so many I could write a book: There was a middle aged Italian guy who objected to us erecting a satelite dish on the roof. He believed there was a conspiracy going on, and that we were trying to poison our tenants with radiation from the dish. He also objected to us cleaning his apartm...
by Miro
Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:33 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Holiday lets - strange requests.
Replies: 33
Views: 7570

Just remembered another one: we had a single young lad knock on our door, holding a damp dish cloth. He said the cloth we provided didn't produce a lather when washing his dishes. We showed him how to combine the use of the cloth with the washing up liquid provided, and he went away a happy customer...
by Miro
Fri Mar 23, 2007 1:28 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Holiday lets - strange requests.
Replies: 33
Views: 7570

Kenny, you don't have to explain to me - must be a Scouse thing. (Scouse by marriage only, BTW - I'm actually a Yid)

We had this a few years back from a nice young lady from Madrid: "Should I bring my own matress? It's no problem, I can put it on the roof of the car."
Bless!
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:32 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: MOVING TO SPAIN IN 2008
Replies: 52
Views: 26337

Has any Spaniard taken a test? Seen no evidence so far. You have to turn your UK licence in to DVLA and request some certificate or other I think to say you are moving abroad, and with that you can apply for a Spanish licence from Trafico. Can't remember exactly. No test though, other than a perfunc...
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:27 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: House running costs
Replies: 131
Views: 24533

Well I think we've sorted that out then. End of.....

Who's Marine? I was talking about the lads who sent Barca packing.
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 7:14 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: House running costs
Replies: 131
Views: 24533

Quite agree Kenny. As I said, I'm not interested in what people earn, have or spend, but my earlier post pointed out that other people are reading these discussions in the hope of gleaning some useful, sensible advice and info on moving to /living in Andalucia. That I think is the whole purpose of t...
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 6:54 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: House running costs
Replies: 131
Views: 24533

I don't give a toss what other people spend or earn. But Heston, you just proved my point. If you bought 4 new tyres @ €65 you blew over half that months budget. What did you eat the rest of that month, rubber scrapings? For your sake, I hope the next 6 months are as uneventful. If you ever run shor...
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:34 pm
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: House running costs
Replies: 131
Views: 24533

I know this topic has been done to death now, so I'll try to keep this brief. I think it all boils down to how exactly people are defining "living costs". €500 a month may cover "ordinary" expenses, but Katy rightly points out, you must also allow for unforseen eventualities like...
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 5:15 pm
Forum: Moving to Andalucia
Topic: MOVING TO SPAIN IN 2008
Replies: 52
Views: 26337

Interesting info. I am new to this forum and haven't followed earlier threads, so sorry if I repeated previous discussions. I have a Spanish licence which is due for renewal this year, and had half wondered whether to see if I could get my UK one back instead. At the risk of sounding a bigot, I'm ki...
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 2:47 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: House running costs
Replies: 131
Views: 24533

I'm exhausted from reading all this thread, and thought I wouldn't be able to get a word in edgeways with all the bickering going on. I'm not going to take sides, as I can't even remember who's on what side any more. Way back, someone pointed out that people in the UK thinking of making the big move...
by Miro
Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:00 am
Forum: Living in Andalucia
Topic: Smoke Alarms..... Fitted?
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

A year ago I was seriously thinking about commercially importing smoke detectors since I had to go all the way to B&Q in Watford to find one. Luckily I didn't bother. Now you can get them for 10 euros or so from Bauhaus, Leroy Merlin, Carrefour etc....seems I wasn't the only one to spot a gap in...

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