Relocation & Living

Relocation Advice & Information About Living in Lanzarote

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Connected to the Environment 2014

The "Connected to the Environment" Campaign (Conectados al Medioambiente) is back from the 1st of November to the 20th of December 2014.

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The program covers different actions in schools and companies to raise awareness about the necessity to protect our environment by recycling.

Also, there are two vouchers of 500€ available to buy a new appliance and encourage people to dispose of the old ones responsibly. To be in the chance to win one of these vouchers all you have to do is  read more »

Top Catz Dance Classes in Lanzarote

It’s the end of summer in Lanzarote, which means it’s back to school and Marlene’s dance classes.

Top Catz Dance Class LanzaroteTop Catz Dance Childrens Class Lanzarote

Top Catz Dance have been established in Lanzarote for 25 years, their dance classes will continue at the CIEP Alcalde Rafael Cedrés school in Tias and possibly some other venues. This year’s class schedule will include tap, Irish and Flamenco classes, the programme for 2014-15 will be confirmed shortly.

Dance teacher, Marlene Pierce also offers private tuition in Lanzarote for tap, Irish step dance, clogging, Sevillanas, classical Spanish dance, Flamenco, Hawaiian and Tahitian dance, belly dance and funky/Latin/Jazz. These private dance classes are available for both residents and tourists visiting the island.

Top Catz Dance Group performing in LanzaroteTop Catz Dance children performing in Lanzarote

The class prices remain unchanged, for one class a week it costs  read more »

Part Time University Degree Level Language Courses in Lanzarote

UNED which is the National University for Distance Education will be starting part time language classes in Lanzarote this autumn.

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The aim of the University Centre for Distance Language Learning (CUID) is to teach university degree level Spanish through associated centres as well as other foreign languages.

During the academic year 2014/15, the CUID – UNED will be taught in Lanzarote as a part time course. Students enrolled on these language courses will have a combination of media for studying which includes class tutorials, print and multimedia materials that have been specially designed for long distance students, plus UNED online tutorials.

The courses available include:  read more »

Colours by ElisabethConcept

I had heard of other people having their colours done, if I’m honest I didn’t really know what it meant until recently and I didn’t realise just what an effect it could have.

Elisabeth_Concept_at_Princesa_Yaiza_Hotel_LanzaroteLisa at Elisabeth Concept Lanzarote

ElisabethConcept is based in the reception area of the exclusive Princesa Yaiza Hotel in Playa Blanca, at first glance it looks like a classy dress and accessories shop, if you step inside to meet Lisa you can learn her secrets to looking and feeling good.

I arrived for my Classic Colour Analysis appointment and was seated at an impressive desk with a mirror, situated within a large tented dressing room. Lisa explained that she wouldn’t be talking during the first part of the session whilst she established which colours we would work with and so we began. I’m not comfortable with staring at myself in the mirror, like lots of women, I notice the faults in my face rather than my assets but it was necessary for this exercise, what’s more no make up is allowed and your hair is taken off your face into a hair net.

The process was quite comforting, you are sitting with your eyes closed for the most part, just opening them for a couple of seconds each time a swatch of cloth is placed across your shoulders. During these brief interludes, you get a glimpse of your face from the chin upwards but not what colour cloth has been placed underneath.

There are four  read more »

Ray & Jen celebrate 4 years on the rock

I met up with Ray at his local bar in Playa Blanca today, just around the time the couple would have been landing four years ago to start their new life in Lanzarote.

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We reminisced about the early days of settling in, but what I really wanted to know was four years on, was living in Lanzarote everything they thought it was going to be?

One of Ray’s concerns had been if he would be comfortable working in the heat of the summer, thankfully it hasn’t really been an issue. He explained that when you’re working for yourself it’s easier to organise your day to suit, so the more labour intensive tasks are scheduled for the morning and the admin during the afternoon where possible. The first winter was more of a shock when the couple found that it was much cooler than they had thought. This wasn’t down to the weather, more the position of their house which only benefitted from the early morning sun and the communal swimming pool wasn’t directly accessible. It made all the difference when Ray & Jen moved to their second property, a villa with private garden and swimming pool where they could enjoy the sunshine all day long, what ever the time of year. Definitely a good reason to rent first rather than buying a property straight off when you first arrive.

Something they miss from their first location in Playa Blanca is the  read more »

Adopting a dog in Lanzarote

I had been thinking about it for a while and, finally, I decided to take the plunge: I was going to adopt a dog.

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I got in touch with SARA, the well-known animal protection association of Lanzarote sending them a message via Facebook and Ana, one of SARA's spokespersons, responded promptly. She asked me a few questions: had I had dog before, what kind of dog was I after, had I seen any in particular on their website that I'd be interested in meeting. This was the part that I dreaded the most: choosing just one amongst so many.

I had visited the SARA's premises a few years ago, when a friend of mine adopted her dog. I went along a bit for moral support and a bit for curiosity to see what it was like in there. My heart was broken, so many animals in this animal limbo, waiting to be picked by someone willing to give them a home. So Ana came to MY rescue: she suggested this little dog that wasn't even listed yet! She told me about her background and send me a photo. The minute I saw her, I thought: this is she! I can honestly say that it was love at first sight. I had the honour of naming her and  read more »

Hoglet

I was out in our garden one morning in July watching the sunrise when my attention was drawn to something squeaking. On closer inspection I found it was a tiny hedgehog who had clearly lost it’s mum as they shouldn’t be out in the open during daylight.

hog hand feedingSleepy Hoglet

After observing the hedgehog for a while it was just rocking back and too, squeaking in the picón,so  I wrapped a towel around it and brought it inside. I didn’t have a clue what to do next! Unlike the UK, there’s no hedgehog rescue centres in Lanzarote, so I put the baby in a cardboard box with a towel whilst I carried out some research on the internet.

It was not good news, hoglets are hard to rear. This little mite was obviously hungry and distressed, still emitting pitiful squeaks I read that the rescue centres in the UK give them puppy formula, goat’s milk was also mentioned as a short term solution. I thought finding a goat’s milk source locally would be easy, but after asking in the village, short of trekking up to one of the goat farms there was none for sale that day, it could only be ordered in for tomorrow. I drove down to our local vets where to my surprise they had a tin of the formula recommended in the UK – Royal Canin Babydog milk.

Despite my best efforts on day one, I could not get the hedgehog to drink the milk, it just ignored it, walking through the dish, taking no interest.  By day two I was really worried  read more »

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