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All over the world people will be celebrating the feast of Saint Patrick be they of Irish decent or not. Some of the parades are huge and people travel to Dublin and New York to see the biggest parades of them all.  Even here in Spain there are parades in all the towns and cities. 

No matter where you go in the World there is always an Irish pub and Irish people.

Saint Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland.  St Patrick is credited with bringing christianity to Ireland.
Most of what is known about him comes from his two works; the Confession, a spiritual autobiography, and his Epistola, a denunciation of British mistreatment of Irish christians.

irish_four_leaf_clover_800_clr_11238Saint Patrick described himself as a “most humble-minded man, pouring forth a continuous paean of thanks to his Maker for having chosen him as the instrument whereby multitudes who had worshipped idols and unclean things had become the people of God.”

Happy St Patrick’s Day from Spain

 

 

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I have a special reason for celebrating St Patrick’s day.
My youngest grand-daughter (Holly  two years old) was born in Ireland and lives in Port Laoise not far from Dublin

It is so cute to listen to her talk with her Irish accent especially when she calls me pa pa, da ye have any sweets for me.
My grand mother and mother were from Ballymote near Sligo Ireland although I was born in Scotland. I will always have a bond with the Irish.

This a picture of Holly getting ready to go to the parade.

 

The video below shows a large parade in Dublin. Note near the beginning are Spanish people with a Spanish flag and one of my hero’s, Paddy Bonner ex Celtic and Ireland goalkeeper leading the parade.

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Colourful, musical, full of fun and costumes made for kings.

The Crevillent Moors and Christians Fiesta is something worth a visit. It must be one of the biggest and the best in Spain.
It is watched by thousands of spectators from all over Spain and the variety of entertainment is unrivaled. Some of the displays have taken a year to design and build.
A lot of effort and thought has gone into this years fiesta.

We went on Saturday evening to see one of the six parades on show which lasted three and a half hours with bands and artists giving us entertainment which was professional and the costumes and designs were exceptional.
We were with ten other friends some of which had never seen a Moors and Christians parade before and they were amazed at the amount of work which went into putting on a display like this. Some of our friends were from the UK on holiday and said tonight made their holiday much better. For those of us who had seen it before were taken back by the sheer size of the event. Considering this was only one of six parades to be held.
There was acrobats, gymnasts, stuntmen, horses and some of the biggest bulls I have ever seen. I am not forgetting all the residents of Crevillent who put on an amazing fiesta which will culminate in a very colourful fireworks display on the last night of the fiesta.

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Spanish Life

Why do so many British choose Spain to live. Is it the 320 days of sunshine on average every year? There are lots of different reasons but most are in deed the climate and the dry hot weather. Some say the laid back living, healthy lifestyle, low cost of living and the friendly Spanish people.
We came to Spain almost ten years ago and we have been to a Spanish wedding, christening, birthday parties and unfortunately a Spanish funeral. We try our best to integrate into the Spanish way of life.  Margaret my wife speaks Spanish but I am still struggling with the language. It is not as easy to learn as most people think but I can communicate and enjoy speaking to the locals who are always pleased to help you when they know you are trying. Some people come and don’t learn anything other than ordering a drink, this displeases the Spanish people and they are correct as it is their country.
There are positives and negatives.
First the positives. The fruit and vegetables are fresh and cheap and usually don’t have any additives or preservatives, these are usually purchased at the local markets, which can be found in most small villages and towns everyday of the week. The Spanish eat a lot of fresh fish and most restaurants serve fish daily along with a glass of red wine usually.
Eating out can be far cheaper than the UK,  The climate is excellent with the sun virtually guaranteed every day, of course there is rain, which you need for the farmers to grow crops. BBQ is common at weekends and you smell the cooking from the BBQ no matter were you go at weekends. Sunday is a family day in Spain and is still very religious with most shops closed.
The health system is second to none with new modern hospitals and clinics everywhere and pensioners and those with a health card (SIP) have treatment free. I personally can vouch for how good the health service is as I had a serious illness and was in a hospital for 5 days and I was very impressed by the treatment I received.
So what do we have? Longer daylight hours in the winter, better lifestyle, cost of living cheaper, less stress, health eating, climate, health system, less crime, nice people and the beaches and countryside is beatifull.  The video below shows what is Spanish Life.

Next blog, the negatives about living in Spain and why so many are selling up and leaving Spain.