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Correos express doesn’t come here…

...And this could be one of the reasons why! Twice this week my street has been completely blocked by lorries delivering building materials. Poor Vic had to squeeze past the latest cement truck on his crutches which was no mean feat! The whole street was out in force checking the overhead electricity cables which had… Continue reading Correos express doesn’t come here…

Best bars in town: No 2 Teteria Almedina

Not strictly speaking a bar, as it doesn't serve alcohol, this Morroccan teashop and restaurant is on my list as it's one of my most frequented places in town, and I love it. Just down the road from the Alcazaba, on Calle Paz, it is a little oasis among the closely packed buildings, with its… Continue reading Best bars in town: No 2 Teteria Almedina

Between worlds

Going out from La Chanca into the middle of town on a Friday night is like crossing a divide between two worlds. I get on my bike, make up done for a Friday night out, my attempt at glamour slightly undermined by my green cycle helmet (but I must be safe for the sake of… Continue reading Between worlds

Castle, caves and cycling

This week La Chanca Life has mostly been La Cycling Life, as I got to grips with my power assisted mountain bike.For four days I cycled everywhere, developing an obsession with following the impressive network of cycle lanes (a brownie point to Almeria city council) to the stage where I could hardly bear to leave… Continue reading Castle, caves and cycling

Best Bars in Town: No.1 La Mala

If you're heading into Almeria city this weekend, chances are you are looking forward to sampling some tapas in one of its many bars. So to make your life easier, I thought I would start my series of bar reviews now (and yes I have been round quite a few, but not all in the… Continue reading Best Bars in Town: No.1 La Mala

I’ve moved!

It's now been officially eight hours since I have been on my own in the new house. And I am loving it! I know it's hardly long enough to tell, but it beats being alone in a massive house where you have to keep two wood burners going to stop your breath clouding in the… Continue reading I’ve moved!

Bearing gifts

The first week of the year in Spain is a double celebration – New Year itself followed by the arrival of the 'Three Kings' of Biblical fame who followed a star to bring presents to the baby Jesus.This year it seemed the Magi managed to load their camels full of vehicles of varying types and… Continue reading Bearing gifts

La Chanca life begins

New year, new life, new blog. Such a cliche, I know. But it's true. It's the new year, I'm about to leave my safe middle class life as a respectable British expat living in southern Spain, mother of two, with a large country house with obligatory dogs, cat and reputation to uphold, to run away… Continue reading La Chanca life begins