International Child Abduction

It is quite common to hear about separated parents living in different countries where one parent denies the return of a child after a temporary parental visit. Spain protects parents who have child custody and who are residents in Spain through their national laws, international agreements and bilateral agreements between countries.

Sensational Sleep

I love my sleep. In fact, I love sleep so much, that sleep is the first thing I think about when I wake up! If I don’t get enough sleep, I am cranky and rather unpleasant.

Embarking on the 2nd Decade

When writing this I am listening to the traditional ceremony of December 22nd, with children singing out winning numbers for the Spanish Christmas Lottery, perhaps the biggest lottery worldwide. The total amount of prizes paid out is about 2,3 billion euros.

Angry Citizen

“Citizen full of anger,” has been chosen words of the year 2010 by the Society of German Language and it has already been rejected by the ‘angry” citizens,’ because it does not reflect the reason of their discontent.

The Little Mermaid

I am home in Vancouver, Canada and have just come back from a visit to Stanley Park, one of the city’s most popular and visited attractions. In this wonderful and lush park you will find totem poles, an aquarium, a rose garden, a sea wall, bike trails, pools, playgrounds, not to mention a multitude of monuments and statues.


A friend of mine came over for a visit. She said I should tell you about the mentally deranged transference of personalities we have projected onto our animals and the names we call them… Come on; we all do it.

Arrived in the USA

Arene and Dave Nichols, safely esconced in their new home in Tucson, Arizona, bring to you our Americana column. However, sharing the column, divided into “HIS” and “HERS” just might test their domestic bliss… Read on!

La Cueva de Aladín

Rennie and Jan are an example of a couple who have changed everything – geographically and professionally, and landed on their feet.

German-Language Cinema

From the 19th of January, the Casa de la Cultura in Almuñécar will be screening German-language films with Spanish subtitles.

Dopy Cops

An old refrain has it that the cops have the best dope, which the following news only serves to confirm: the chief anti-drug officer for the Guardia Civil in Málaga has been arrested for alleged drug trafficking.

Chiringuitos Finitos?

A ‘chiringuito’ is a bar/restaurant on the actual beach and these establishments have been in the eye of the hurricane for some time now as Spain has fought with policy on how to control them.