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Beginning of the rice harvest

 The rice harvesting campaign started this week in the spanish rice paddies , Europe's largest producing country with an annual output of around 800,000 tonnes. In terms of production, Spain is just behind Italy and ahead of Greece. It is a very small part of the worlds production but for the regions of Extremadura, Andalusia, Catalonia and Valencia, rice farming is part of both agricultural and gastronomic heritage.Most of the rice milling industries are located in the Valencia region, although this region produces only a quarter of the Spanish [...]

Barcelona international school curriculum options

The vast majority of schools in Barcelona follow the Spanish national curriculum, adapted for Catalonia (the language of instruction is Catalan, plus a few other adaptations).All public schools, most Concertada schools and some private schools follow this system, under which secondary school students complete the ESO at 16 before going on to complete the Bachillerato at 18.Some private “international” schools offer alternative curriculums, based on the British, American or International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes. Families may choose this option for various reasons; if they arrive in Barcelona when their children are already part-way through [...]

Attics Mythics … The history of these apartments that have become an object of desire …

In modern architecture, the attic is the floor located nearest to  the roof, at the top of the face of the building, set back on the street side, to make way for a balcony or terrace.At a time when the prices take off for this type of housing in Spain (and elsewhere), it is difficult to think that the penthouse was previously the apartment reserved for the porter or the service staff ... Because at the time when the elevator did not exist (or was not within the reach [...]

Why Spain is now one of the top five countries for expats

The destination has jumped to fourth position on the latest HSBC global survey, with 83% of foreign residents saying their overall wellbeing had improved since arrivingSpain ranks fourth as the best place to work and live, according to people who participated in the latest HSBC Expat Explorer Survey, published on Thursday.This is the best position since the survey began 12 years ago. Last year, Spain ranked 13th. This year Switzerland, Singapore and Canada were ahead of Spain, which was followed by New Zealand in the Top 5 category.The study focuses [...]

The first 13 things Americans learn upon moving to Spain

(Matadornetwork)1. The Spanish you learned in high school is nothing like the language spoken here.The first time I heard two Spanish brothers call each other “tío“, I thought, “hmmm… that’s odd. Why would brothers call each other uncle?” The Latin Spanish taught in American schools and from highly-acclaimed language teachers like Professor Dora the Explorer, is just a tad bit different than the colloquial language in Spain. I like to think of it as the subtle differences between American English and British English. Lift, meet elevator.2. You can throw [...]