August in Spain – where is everyone?

August in Spain – where is everyone? The answer to that is that the world and his wife goes on holiday in Spain in August, and that applies to the Spaniards themselves, as much as it does to the tourists that flock to the second most popular holiday destination in the world. Schools and universities…

Say hello to EES – the EU Entry/Exit system

Say hello to EES, the EU Entry/Exit system At the same time as ETIAS rolls out, the EU will also introduce EES, the EU Entry/Exit system, a security measure designed to monitor the movement of third country nationals into and out of the Schengen area.  The primary aim of EES is to prevent cross-border criminal…

ETIAS – European Travel Information and Authorisation System

ETIAS – What is it and how it will affect travel to, from and within Europe? Deadline approaching – if you’re a citizen of a country that currently doesn’t need a visa to visit the Schengen area, then things are about to change; soon you’ll need to apply for ETIAS travel authorisation to enter Europe.…

UK TRAVEL DISRUPTION – RAILWAYS PLAN STRIKE – JUNE 2022

Something to bear in mind when booking a visa appointment – to add more stress to the mess of recent travel disruption across UK airports, the biggest rail strike in 30 years is predicted to bring the UK’s rail network to a standstill this June. Scheduled for 21st, 23rd and 25th June 2022, the three…

Food shopping in Spain without a car – all you need to know

Food shopping is probably the easiest of chores to do without a car, from supermarket food deliveries to specialist diets, pet supplies and the ubiquitous Amazon.es for everything else. But don’t discount your local shops and suppliers – ask around (yes, on Facebook too) as there’s no substitute for a word-of-mouth recommendation. Supermarkets Most of…