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Lanzarote ceramic class with Juan Brito

I spent a fascinating morning with Juan Brito, one of the Lanzarote’s artisan craft workers who is passionate about the traditional Mahos / Guanche method of producing ceramic pots.

Juan Brito demonstrating the right kind of rock

There were six students in our class, which started with the explanation of the preparation required in order to produce our local ceramic. The first stage is to go out and collect the special stone found on the Risco de Famara, the alfarerias have special permission from the Cabildo to harvest the stone, the restriction being that the land has to be covered over again once the stone has been removed, to protect the natural landscape. This stone is then bashed by hand to reduce it to fine particles, then water is added to create the modelling mud. Thankfully Juan had already prepared ours to this stage for us!

Juan Brito ceramic mix

Next a layer of black sand was spread out on the work surface, on top of that a layer of fine brown dust, then the stage 1 mud was added and kneaded to mix thoroughly. Juan made this look easy, but when we volunteered it was hard even to dent the mixture, never mind knead it, the mixture didn’t move unless you knew the technique!  read more »

Three new schools to be constructed in Lanzarote

Pedro San Ginés, the President of the Cabildo de Lanzarote held an official meeting with Soledad Monzón, the Minister for Education & Universities this week.

Cabildo de Lanzarote

The outcome of the meeting was a confirmation that the construction of three new schools in Lanzarote would start during 2016, this is an multi-year investment of 17.1 million euros for the island. An initial investment of 2.9 million euros has been allocated to start the construction of 3 centres including:

Centro de Educación Infantil y Primaria (CEIP) de La Destila (Arrecife) which is now at tender stage and is expected to commence in April / May

Instituto de Enseñanza Secundaria (IES) de Haría  read more »

Discover the secrets to a happy life in Spain

British Embassy news release: Discover the secrets to a happy life in Spain - new survey on value of integration

Ambassador urges British residents to follow the example of those who are most content

Some of the secrets to happy living in Spain are revealed in a new survey by the British Embassy on how expatriates adjust to a life in the sun.

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Integration into the Spanish way of life is the key, the survey reveals. More than half of the British residents who responded say they speak Spanish regularly with friends and neighbours, enjoy Spanish food, use the Spanish healthcare system and employ Spanish tradespeople.  The adjective ‘happy’ is the word that they most commonly use to describe their lives in Spain, followed by ‘relaxed’ and ‘content’.

But some Brits admit to getting by without learning Spanish or registering on the padrón, and fail to make Spanish friends or keep up with Spanish news and politics, all things that appear to help others get more out of living in Spain.

Almost 1600 people responded to the British Embassy’s ‘Integrometer’ online survey into levels of resident integration.  Two-thirds live in  read more »

Calendario Laboral 2016

The official holiday calendar for Spain has been confirmed with the publication of the BOE.

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This year there are eight national public holidays which will take place across all of Spain, only the 6th January was classed as a flexible fiesta day but all communities have elected to keep Reyes/Kings for 2016.

1st January  (Año Nuevo)  read more »

Ten Myths About Living In Lanzarote

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It’s always sunny and hot!

It does rain during the winter here, and we do get cloud from time to time. It can even get chilly in mid winter – as low as 15 degrees! What we don’t get is any extreme weather at all. It’s rarely too hot, and almost never too cold – just warm and pleasant, whether it’s January or July. Put simply, we do have the best weather in the world!

Nobody works very hard

Another common myth which simply isn’t true.  read more »

Average Briton Has Unrealistic Expectations Of Retirement

New research by life insurance and pensions company Aegon suggests that most Britons expect to live a far more lavish lifestyle in retirement than their pensions savings will allow.

The report, a survey of over 4,000 British workers (the third in a series of surveys conducted over the last 12 months) discovered that the average Briton expects to retire at age 63, with an annual income of £42,000. In reality, the average savings within the sample group were expected to yield a retirement income of just £11,400 - less than half the UK average wage of £26,500.

Sun Park

Despite comprehensive changes to the pension system in recent months, and the expansion of auto-enrollment, most British workers were unaware of a number of key relevant facts concerning the performance of their savings, the level of state pension payments they would be entitled to, and how best to maximise their retirement income.

Using Aegon’s “Readiness Score” (which combines information on current savings,  read more »

Drinking Water From Your Tap In Lanzarote

The water here in Lanzarote comes from a desalination plant, so its basically filtered sea water. In almost all cases, the water is then stored in an Aljibe, or well, in your house or apartment complex, before being delivered to your taps via an electric pump.

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You can imagine why everyone drinks bottled water, which is generally pretty cheap here!

But there is a huge downside to it – the stuff is heavy! Even for a couple, you’ll probably need 25 litres a  read more »

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