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This is the Spanish website for Peter and Maureen Scargill. When in Spain we live in Galera in Andalusia (for clarify that is the English spelling - Mid-Spain they spell it Andalucia and pronounce it "And-a-loo-thee-a").

We've had a home in Spain for more than 14 years and are currently working on making the country our permanent base.

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A relaxing weekend in and around Granada

After a busy couple of weeks between guests and setting up a new PC etc., we drove to Granada on Friday and spent a few hours in the city centre doing the usual Nevada shopping centre trip followed by the Medina and finally dinner by the Cathedral before having an early night then dropping my sister in law off at Granada Airport at 7am this morning for her long trip to Chicago via Madrid.

Granada shopping
Granada shopping
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Just another Beautiful Day in Southern Spain

Driving most of yesterday (May 11, 2022) – I drove to Alicante airport to pick up Maureen, stopping off to visit an outlet mall (which I didn’t know existed – La Noria I think, near Centro Comercial Thader) just north of Murcia to grab lunch and have a wander about in the sunshine and break up the trip.

Outlet Mall near Thader Shopping Centre

The mall was surprisingly quiet for 1pm on a Wednesday. Distinctly ghost-town-ish but a nice stop for lunch regardless. Very clean and modern.

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Sick of being ignored by your current Internet provider?

Habland Internet dish and external modem

This entry is predominently aimed at readers in our corner of Spain who are looking for a better broadband setup as against moaning continuously – a popular and increasingly repetitive activity on Facebook and local Facebook broadband groups . In the area where we live and in our village in particular, choices are limited as to Internet providers… or are they?

This, then, is for people in the outskirts of Galera in Granada region (and probably other areas including Huescar) who have broadband issues and actually want to solve them. It COULD however have some interest for pretty much anyone looking to escape the clutches of their broadband provider where there is a reliable 4G/5G signal available.

I’ve pulled out of the local FB group (and attempted to block any entry with the word Habland in it) – if my experiences seem like they might be of use to you, then under Solutions you would need a half-decent mobile signal and be prepared to pick the right Spanish mobile (yes – mobile) provider for the job – keep reading….

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First Lovely Day of the Summer of 2022

Galera town square in the sun

A lovely day in Galera town centre today – nice and quiet – no doubt hoards of tourists will arrive soon enough now that Covid masks are no longer a thing (other than when using public transport). Still a tad cool OUT of the sun, but lovely and warm in it.

Pavo Acietuna Negra (very thin turkey with black olives)...

Nice to see that the clean-up operation seems to have restored the buildings opposite the cafe and post office.

Meanwhile I’ve discovered a new lunch-meat variation with olives – lovely. I’m just hoping we can get it locally.

It’s a Bank holiday here in Spain right now so almost everything except for cafes and bars is closed – so sitting eating and drinking seems like the right thing to do. I was up at the crack of dawn, doing a technical write-up of my broadband progress – see next entry.

Lots and lots of work to do around the place as we have friends coming to visit soon as the summer starts up in earnest.

The summer is off to a good start here in Galera

Ekoprix in Caravaca De La Cruz

After a particularly drab start to April with rain, more rain and the worst of the Sahara desert falling on us, things are finally looking up… the last couple of days have been just fine and today it got as high as 24c.

Despite frantic tech blog writing since Christmas, it seems I’ve somewhat ignored this blog, our window on life in Galera and thereabouts. This was brought to my attention by a nice couple we met in Galera’s La Posa Pizzeria (Jamie and Lindsay – I hope I spelled that right – if not, let me know, guys) who it seems know all about me due to this blog…. so here’s something hopefully of interest.

Maureen and I have been travelling back and forth to the UK since November and soon after our return to Galera (late February) we discovered our attempts to sell up in the UK were bearing fruit – so once again we headed back to the UK (this time by plane, so much more civilised than driving much of the length of England, spending a full day on the boat then driving much of the length of Spain) to start a clean-out operation over there (so much for retiring) and I came back on April 7, just in time for a local dental appointment (Mrs Sanchez in nearby Huescar) with Maureen returning to Spain a week later.

Neither of us have been out much in the village, so much to do but now with the prospect of several uninterrupted months here in Spain (rather handy for making postal delivery arrangements for my tech blog) I’m beginning to focus – just a slight matter of de-oranging the cavehome after the storms.

Coming up to date, yesterday was an important religious ceremony in Galera (all 15 minutes of action before we headed off the bar) and fortunately the weather held up so I could capture the essence of it on video (see below). I hope someone likes it. If so, view it in YouTube for best effect – and in case the embed doesn’t work – here’s a link to the video). Note: in the video I refer to clan – YouTube videos are a pain to edit – I meant Klan.

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Broadband issues and some thoughts

Here in Galera I’ve noted many Facebook discussions about broadband issues and I was just responding to one in particular when I realised an in-depth response might annoy people for whom broadband reliability and speed is not an issue – so I said I’d follow it up in here. This post, then, is only of interest to locals I guess.

Ok, I’m based in Galera and in the Baza (Southern Spain) area we have a broadband company called Habland who we’ve had for years. Until recently my wife and I were Spanish part-timers and in the months we spent back in the UK, Habland would (year after year) reduce our broadband in speed and price to the lowest level, just enough to run cameras and give me access to stuff I needed. Fine – not stunningly fast but fine.

Today of course, increasingly, fibre broadband is the norm and Habland offer this too. a year ago, despite our street having no phone lines – they (a fellow called Jesus) promised we’d have it “in the coming weeks”. well, that didn’t happen and NOW they want my retired neighbours and I to fund and fit POLES before they’ll fit fibre.

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