Eye on Spain Newsletter 31 July 2007

Buenos dias 

Hope you're having a good week so far.  It seems many of our members are away on holiday at the moment so if you are, or you're soon to go, I hope you have a really nice time.  We'll still be here when you get back.

One of the things we pride ourselves on with this newsletter is that we don't hide anything.  We tell everything like it is and look at the positives and negatives of Spain.  Not everyone likes what we publish each week but we think we show a very balanced view of Spain.

In this respect, this week Susan looks at what she believes are the failings of Spanish architects in terms of the needs of the foreign buyer/ resident.  Also, on the request of one of our members, we are publishing a copy of a letter of complaint regarding the failings of her husband's private healthcare insurance in Spain.  A disturbing read for any expat, or prospective expat resident in Spain. 

Read these articles and more below. 

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The Impractical Side Of Spanish Architects
Why are kitchens in new apartments in Spain so small?  Where is all the storage space?  What's with the tiny bedroom terrace?  Are architects in Spain really taking into account modern needs?  Susan investigates.
Read Susan's comments...

When Healthcare In Spain Goes Wrong
Many expats choose to take out private medical insurance when living in Spain, particularly if they can't speak Spanish.  The following article is a letter of complaint sent to the medical insurance company following the death of her husband in Spain.  It's in two parts, the treatment part and then the funeral part.
Read the letter...

Top Tips For Learning Spanish - By A 'Mature' Expat
Even though last week Susan told us about the benefits of NOT learning Spanish, but for those that do want to learn this week Fred gives us his top tips for learning the language, particularly for our more mature readers!
Read Fred's tips...

Working In The Costa de la Luz
Finding work in Spain for most is not an option unless they have mastered the language.  Most who come out to Spain will do so to set up their own business.  Paul takes a look at the options for those looking to work in the Costa de la Luz.
Read Paul's advice...

Guide to Buying, Living and Moving to Spain
Barclays have launched a guide packed full of information for anyone looking to buy in, live in or move to Spain.  They are giving it away, you just need to click the link below and fill in the form and they will post the guide to you.
Give me my guide now please...

That's all for today. Enjoy the rest of the week and see you soon.

Un saludo

Justin Aldridge

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