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Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 26th July 2010, 06:01 PM
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Muchas gracias - that's a great help! :)...

Muchas gracias - that's a great help! :) :thumbs-up:
Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 25th July 2010, 06:23 PM
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Views: 5,669
Posted By Gem
Travel insurance to travel outside Spain

Hi! I'm British, living in Barcelona, and will shortly be travelling to the US for my work. I need to get some insurance (medical) for the trip, and was wondering if anyone could recommend a company,...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 2nd June 2010, 09:33 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
Just watching the news... it seems the days of...

Just watching the news... it seems the days of smoking in public places are numbered in Spain. I can't wait!!

They say it will become law in January 2011, from what I understood.
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 14th May 2010, 01:51 PM
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Views: 5,545
Posted By Gem
I ate at Can Roca at Christmas... was a bit...

I ate at Can Roca at Christmas... was a bit creamy, moussey and essence-of for my largely uneducated tastebuds. An experience nonetheless.
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 12th May 2010, 12:15 PM
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Posted By Gem
I haven't time to read through everything in this...

I haven't time to read through everything in this thread for now, but has anyone mentioned the newish Argentine film, "El Secreto de Sus Ojos"? I saw it the other day and it was great. A little...
Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 18th February 2010, 04:11 PM
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Posted By Gem
This is an interesting website too, which I saw...

This is an interesting website too, which I saw referenced in the paper the other day:
http://www.porquenosotrosno.com/web/
Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 18th February 2010, 04:10 PM
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Posted By Gem
Totally agree L-A-H...see another thread I...

Totally agree L-A-H...see another thread I started a few months ago. I also saw the statistics reported last night on the news. On a personal level, I can't wait for the ban, for reasons I've already...
Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 16th February 2010, 11:46 AM
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Views: 2,987
Posted By Gem
Hi! I'm a designer too, and I have to say...

Hi!

I'm a designer too, and I have to say the wages are pretty low in Spain. I would say €1500 (after taxes are subtracted) is a very good wage...so you can imagine!

Don't make the mistake I...
Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 12th November 2009, 07:08 PM
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Views: 2,121
Posted By Gem
Many thanks, LAH. It's a bit clearer now, and I...

Many thanks, LAH. It's a bit clearer now, and I found a website which would help me to calculate the salary I should be asking for, according to my status and the taxes I'd need to pay. It's here...
Forum: Moving to Spain and Living in Spain 10th November 2009, 04:10 PM
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Posted By Gem
Quick question about taxes...

Hi!

A couple of months ago I landed a new job, where they told me the monthly pay (net/after taxes) would be X€. I now see they are paying me X€/month, BUT are only charging me 2% tax. This is a 6...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 13th March 2009, 12:21 PM
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Views: 187,690
Posted By Gem
Is it like LastFM? http://lastfm.com...

Is it like LastFM? http://lastfm.com (http://lastfm.com/)
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 6th March 2009, 05:30 PM
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Posted By Gem
I think Iīve made my case pretty clear, and to me...

I think Iīve made my case pretty clear, and to me (and others) it seems very reasonable for all the explications above which I wonīt go through again.

Thatīs very liberal of you. Well, I would...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 6th March 2009, 11:42 AM
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Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
I agree with Edith - until there is a full ban,...

I agree with Edith - until there is a full ban, it just doesnīt work - there are very few places that are non-smoking. Yes, there are a handful of places, but itīs just not feasible (as I have...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 5th March 2009, 06:23 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
;) I know... and Iīve heard that from friends in...

;) I know... and Iīve heard that from friends in England too, that it makes it easier to give up! In the same way, maybe it wouldnīt make smoking *so* accessible and normalised to young people...?
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 5th March 2009, 06:02 PM
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Posted By Gem
:) Ok, made me smile, but nonetheless I can...

:) Ok, made me smile, but nonetheless I can assure you that itīs not all crusty unsociable types who would appreciate a ban. Iīm quite rock n roll really, and would often treat myself to a Mercadona...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 5th March 2009, 03:51 PM
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Posted By Gem
Whatīs a major part? So theyīre still going...

Whatīs a major part?

So theyīre still going to the pub then?

Thatīs the idea of the legislation, yes.

I am a non-smoker and would be more likely to do "botellón" now because of the crisis! I...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 4th March 2009, 01:13 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
You donīt live in Spain, right? As I mentioned...

You donīt live in Spain, right? As I mentioned before, itīs very difficult to find a place thatīs non-smoking. Try to find one, then arrange to meet in said bars and restaurants when you want your...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 3rd March 2009, 10:10 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
No problem Paul - carry on! Dare I say itīs all...

No problem Paul - carry on! Dare I say itīs all about freedom of choice... Iīll just hunt out those places that donīt allow the faeces-eaters ...pah, extremists!

;)
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 3rd March 2009, 03:09 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
You can smoke - itīs your personal choice,...

You can smoke - itīs your personal choice, obviously. Itīs when it directly affects my health then I take issue with it.

I guess it was formerly acceptable (generally speaking, although Iīm not...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 3rd March 2009, 02:58 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
Choice. Thatīs great, if I could easily choose to...

Choice. Thatīs great, if I could easily choose to go to a non-smoking bar. However, itīs not that easy... looking at the www.nofumadores.org (http://www.nofumadores.org) website I find there are 111...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 3rd March 2009, 11:33 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
Gracias for the comments, guys! Sorry - I didnīt...

Gracias for the comments, guys! Sorry - I didnīt want to come in here, guns blazing, but I thought it might be good to turn my frustration into something at least a little pro-active and see if there...
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 2nd March 2009, 06:24 PM
Replies: 329
Views: 187,690
Posted By Gem
If you like Ojos de Brujo, then look at Calima...

If you like Ojos de Brujo, then look at Calima too. I think they share some members. Iīve seen both in concert and theyīre great musicians.

Has anyone mentioned Alaska/Fangoria? Muy chula!
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 2nd March 2009, 06:19 PM
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Views: 2,353
Posted By Gem
I think itīs: Beber y Bailar, by Ciudad...

I think itīs:

Beber y Bailar, by Ciudad Jardín.

Aquí: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ofVSlUByFJk

:)
Forum: Spanish culture, life, food, and news 2nd March 2009, 06:13 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 72,226
Posted By Gem
Smoking ban in Spain?

Hola a [email protected]!

I have had a look for a recent thread on the forum and not found anything in the last few months so thought Iīd bring this theme up again.

Are there any plans for a smoking ban...
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