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THE “DARK SIDE” OF SPAIN

With what do you associate Spain? How about paella, bullfights, and flamenco? Did you know that the night life of the kingdom can be compared to the extravaganza of living in “Sin City” Las Vegas? What do you expect as a result from a combination of sea, sun and people at night? Spain offers a wide range of activities and entertainment. Once Spain is immersed in the glorious twilight, there is a romantic atmosphere often illuminated with neon lights. National holidays, festivals, theme parties on the high seas, entertainment complexes: Spain saturated with thousands of lights, voices and melodies.

From Dusk until Dawn

French writer and screenwriter Tonino Benakvista in one of his works has rightly noticed that “the night – it’s a half of life, its underside, and a place where we have the right to exist.” Night blurs the boundaries of reality and consciousness. Night in Spain is a separate reality with its nuances and accents that can delight the foreigners at a glance. Marcha, the so-called nightlife in Spain, begins at 10 pm and can last until the morning. Adults prefer to have a drink at the nearby bars, the young people go to a disco, and a family will often choose a dinner in the restaurant. Marcha – this is not the way to have fun and spend money, this is a form of communication with loved ones, a way to make new friends. As a rule, Marcha planned for the end of the week, because no one can say for sure that he will return home before noon. Walking the streets late at night, live music, a glass of red wine or beer – Marcha is a tradition with deep roots that originated at the same time with the Spanish spirit and character. By the way, every resident and guest of this country will be able to relax as he wishes to. Unceasing rhythms and rhythms of the infinite, plenty of cosy street cafes, beach parties, parks for children and the elderly – whatever you want. We really need to mention the importance of Saints Days and Fiestas It’s not about each village competing to put on the best “fire show” in the country, but it’s also an opportunity to dress up and the town square becomes a “meeting place” for people of all ages. Coastal towns boast bonfires on the beaches – the whole spectacle is amazing. During Holy Week the night time turns into a religious carnival. Spain is a country that never sleeps, and the night in it – is a life in itself.

Seven wonders of Ibiza

We often look at the sky at night and admire the stars. Ibiza is a bright constellation in the night sky in Spain, shimmering, sparkling, and extravagant: welcome to the luxurious island of pleasure. There are places in the world that do not require compliance with the rules, and as a result people do not tend to break them at the earliest opportunity. For more than 30 years Ibiza has been an almost sacred place for tourists, who are looking for adventure; it’s a “mother” of the nightlife in Spain. The legendary island is a unique synthesis of European clubs and of Spanish traditional festivals. There are many “kings of clubs” in Ibiza, but several of them deserve special mention. Lovers of dance music flock to the clubs located near the port. Layers of dance floors often accommodate 5,000 people. The world’s largest club, submitted to the Guinness Book of Records, includes a swimming pool and several relaxation areas. One of the best institutions in the world, according to many true connoisseurs’ leisurely pastimes, is right next to the airport. Disco, located on the waterfront, looks like a towering glass pyramid. During one of the programs one of the dance floors fills with water. The famous Balearic house, which originated in the old club in the centre of the island, is a fantastically popular club with a wide variety of musical programs is located in San Antonio. Celebrities prefer one of the most beautiful places near the sea. The whole summer will be not enough to explore the night life of the island. Eloquent Ibiza changes every season, and the island is able to surprise the most experienced clubber.

Night Spain in the neon lights is an unforgettable sight. It only remains to choose – to walk through the romantic places of the city at night, have some fun in a Spanish nightclub or to visit a national restaurant or cafe.

1. “Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
Edgar Allan Poe, “Eleonora”

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A FIRST IMPRESSION CAN DETERMINE EVERYTHING

Our world is a vast web of people and contacts. Every individual has a unique personality with their own particular character traits and habits. How do you communicate with a person when you see them for the first time? We will talk about the universal verbal and non-verbal communication that can be used when applying for a job or that exciting on a first date.

30 Seconds

Amazingly, our first impression about a person develop in the only the first 30 seconds!
How can you make a good impression in just this short time?
The eyes: – we all know that eyes are the mirror of the soul. Before any verbal greeting you should welcome the person with your eyes. Your look should be open-hearted and express interest.
The smile: – it’s not even a smile but half-smile with closed lips. That is invitation to talk. You should smile with a full smile only after you look the person in the eyes.

Sun is shining, grass is growing!

One should remember that splendid impressions are made by people of an optimistic and inspiring nature. In order to make a great impression one has to evoke positive emotions in person you’re talking to.

Hello, mate!

According to the rules of etiquette you should greet a person with words like: “How do you do?”, “Good Morning”, “Good day”, “Good Evening”. These are the most acceptable and frequently used forms of greeting. “Hello” which is used a lot should really only be used as an opening greeting to people you’re familiar with.

It’s essential to have warm and friendly tone in greeting. A rude or dull tone can offend the person you’re greeting. During your greeting don’t keep your hands in your pockets. It’s best not to smoke during the first 5 minutes and never talk with a cigarette in your mouth. That is disrespectful.

Conversation: – what is next?

Be a good listener. During conversation keep up your partner’s story by using phrases like “That’s interesting!”, and “and what happened next?”. From time ask him to expand on his thought to accent your interest in conversation. Do not interrupt him or her and give them plenty of opportunity to talk. At all times keep eye contact and express your approval.

“Mirroring”

From time to time mirror the posture and gestures of your companion. Speak with the same volume, show empathy if he’s sad, and laugh if he laughs. You hope to make a connection and maybe even make your new friend feel he’s found a soul mate.

“Keep their name in your pocket…”

The name of your new acquaintance: – use it as much as possible. There is nothing more delightful to most people’s ear than sound of their own name. When you meet a person memorize their name straight away. If you don’t it can be difficult to bluff your way out and make you blush! Besides, it will be tricky to make phone contact unless you know their name.

As Shakespeare said…

People think of us on the basis of our upbringing, education, perceived intellect and the way we speak- which words we use and how we construct sentences. It’s a great approach to draw their attention to your knowledge and skills – use quote from some famous person in conversation. Intellect is universally valued.

Judging by appearance

How you dress is what tells the world about your taste, social status, and life values. It’s a demonstration of how we value ourselves. It doesn’t really matter if you talk to a friend or a stranger. Don’t judge a book by its cover they say but one should “look after the cover” anyway. For example, girl that you meet for the first time will judge you by your appearance initially. It’s only some time later when she notices other elements: gait, communication, voice, smile, facial gesture and so on. However, that will be after she judged your look using her own criteria. Approaching someone one should be confident that he or she looks good. Untidiness and negligence in dress is absolutely unacceptable. Good appearance is determined by different criteria in every society – it’s difficult to choose something universally acceptable. It is also important that your clothing is appropriate for the climate and the time of the day.

Good dress, tidy hair, groomed hands, acting according to etiquette, confidence and appropriateness of speech – all these small things form our image and our new acquaintance will notice and remember.

SPANISH LITERATURE: THE HYPOCHONDRIAC KILLER AND BRAVEHEART


 
“A good book is an event in my life”, is a famous quote from 19th-century French writer Stendhal. Spanish books are heroic and sublime, frank and fierce. Today, writers have become the mouthpiece of the Spanish era.  According to the great scientist of the Northern Renaissance, Erasmus of Rotterdam, even in the 16th century “science and scholarship in Spain attained marvellous prosperity. It was used as a model for all European scientists”. Spanish was the language of international communication under Charles V. Literary Spanish hit a genuinely high level.
 
Spanish literature through the ages
 
The oldest known work of Spanish literature, the epic poem “The Song of My Lord” was written about a real man, about his battles and his daily life. It is thought that the anonymous poem was written, in the year 1140. This epic represents realism, nothing was exaggerated and the detail is clear. Thus, it can be said that patriotism was a typical theme for Spanish literature from the 13th century or earlier still in the 12th century. All of the early period is characterized by elevated feeling, “knight’s brave heart” and the people’s spirit.
The heroic epic talks more eloquently and authentically about the history of the country than any historical document. The Golden Age of Spanish culture spans the entire 16th and half of the 17th century.
The Spain of this period is the birthplace of the leading prose genre of modern European literature – the novel. The genre of the novel derives from “Don Quixote” by Cervantes. Juan Boskan led an Italian trend in Spanish poetry. Dramatic poetry reaches a high level in the 16th century.  During the Baroque period of the 17th century, the most important topics were the prose of Francisco de Quevedo and Baltasar Gracian. Enlightened thinkers of the 18th century sought to apply systematic thinking to all forms of human activity. Early Romanticism appeared with the singular figure of Manuel Jose Quintana. There are various themes relating to romanticist works e.g. oneself, passionate love, legendary and historic themes, religion, social demands, nature, and satire.
Realism in the end of the 19th century was mixed with Naturalism. The intellectual movement was in Modernism. It expresses a pessimistic judgement about Spain. After the First World War, the Spanish literature entered the period of Modernism and Surrealism associated with the philosophy of Hegel and Freud’s ‘Theory of the Unconscious. Researchers believe that Lorca was the 20th century link between and Spain the foundations of the Avant – garde movement.
 
 A new stage as a challenge to the past

There is a branch of the Cervantes Institute in Russia, whose task is to advance the development of cultural relations between Spain and Russia. Spanish literature can now be described as “post-modernism with a splash of realism”. Spanish writer and military journalist Arturo Perez-Reverte in his works occasionally permits amusing hoaxes with reference to his own works. War was a relevant feature in literature at all times. The genre science fiction is weak in modern Spanish literature. Spanish philosopher and journalist Juan Jacinto Muñoz Renhel, is the author of many titles which have been translated into English, French Russian, and German. His latest novel, “The Hypochondriac Killer” became a best seller in many countries around the world. Novelist and playwright Eduardo Mendoza is considered one of the greatest Spanish writers of our time. His novels are constantly filmed and read. The first novel by the Catalan anthropologist Alberto Sanchez Pinol “In the Heady Silence” about human fear has become a publishing phenomenon – this work has been translated into 22 languages in 24 countries. Currently, Spanish literature returns to the pedestal of the world literary stage.
 
 
1. “Lord Polonius: What do you read, my lord? 
Hamlet: Words, words, words. 
Lord Polonius: What is the matter, my lord? 
Hamlet: Between whom? 
Lord Polonius: I mean the matter that you read, my lord.” 
– William Shakespeare, Hamlet

A HORSE, A HORSE, MY KINGDOM FOR A HORSE!

This quote from Shakespeare’s Richard III leads us to think about the role of the horse here in Spain. Confident, proud and independent, Spain itself can be compared with the fearless Andalusian stallion. The real pride of Spain is a thoroughbred horse, which residents call “our horse”. “Thoroughbred Spanish Horse” is recognized as one of the most beautiful breeds in the world. In Britain, Germany and Russia it is called the “Andalusian”. It was a horse of the kings of Spain, England and France. Incidentally, riding is one of the most popular sports in Spain. The Spanish enjoy many breeds, including the famous English Thoroughbred. There are a great variety of horse ranches, clubs, schools and riding camps to enjoy. Racing on a Spanish beach is one of the oldest traditions in the world. In other words, the equestrian sport is one of the main “attractions” of the country.

Horse of Kings

King Philip II ordered the founding of the first royal stud farm and purchased a few hundred mares in the 16th century. A gift horse was a sign of the humour of the king. “Thoroughbred Spanish Horse” is a cross between the ancient ancestors of modern horses. Thanks to the well-known courage, “The Spanish”, as residents call this breed, are allowed to participate in a bullfight, and formerly used in battle. The Romans, Moors and Carthaginians admired her grace and agility, and the rulers of many countries have argued that there is no more beautiful creature in a whole world. Napoleon’s favourite horse skeleton is still on display in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. However, in the 19th century, horse racing and hunting became fashionable among the upper classes, and breeders began not to dilute the blood any more. War and famine have drastically reduced the amount of noble horses, but an embargo on the export of horses abroad was lifted in the second half of the 20th, and “Our horse” again began to gain popularity. Today the horses are allowed to be only three colours: black, bay and gray.

Equestrian art

Horse racing in Spain is widespread and it has many passionate fans. The traditional horse ranch is a heaven for lovers of equestrian tourism and sports. The Spanish horse ranch combines the features of a professional horse riding club and ranch home. It is for those who want to stay outside the box, and for the knowledgeable horse owners. The most developed region in this respect is Andalusia – the birthplace of purebred Spanish horses. There is the Royal Andalucian School of Equestrian Art in the city of Jerez. This Riding school prepares horses and riders and holds annual festivals and games. Horse racing in Spain is an official tourism festival since 1997, and Jerez has of the oldest races in the world (1845). Everyone with a horse can be a participant. There is a long strip of beach traditionally used for this event. Polo with horses is also very popular in Spain. The Sultan of Brunei, Hassanal Bolkiah is listed among aficionados of this kind of polo. The Sultan is one of the richest men in the world, whose personal fortune is estimated at several thousand millions.

Spain can be called a horse kingdom, whose horses always win world races. The nature of the winner was laid in purebred Spanish horses many centuries ago. Horse racing in Spain is gaining popularity. Worldwide horse racing became a symbol of the expensive and exclusive entertainment of the elite. Spain thinks about the equestrian sport in another way. An ordinary amateur can take a part in the noble passion of racing. Many households have figured riding in carriages with clubs of the highest class marking a new era of development of the equestrian sport in Spain.

1. Spain has a cult of horses, “the most humane animal”. Statue of Pegasus was designed in honour of the passing of the Congress of mobile communication in Barcelona (the winged horse of 3500 smart phones). The statue was 6 meters and a length of 5 meters. At the airport in Barcelona passengers meets a huge figure of black horse. At the airport you can often hear the phrase “let’s meet at that fat, fleshy horse”. There is a monument of the horses at the entrance to Jerez de la Front era and on the outskirts of the city, which is the birthplace of Andalusian stallions.

SPANISH “CARPASSION”

“What in fact could men talk about, except cars?” This well remembered phrase from French writer Michel Houellebecq could well be true. A labouring man and a king: both of them equally admire auto innovation. The role of the car in the modern world has acquired significant new features and fascinations. Blistering changes abounding in technology have inspired a lot of creators. There are now cars with elements of retro and sport, classic and hybrid: a rich automotive world is right in front of you.

Kings of the Road

The cult of the car is so deep inside of us, that the characters promoted by the arts and the media, are getting more and more fans. British agent James Bond – the standard of style, recognized as a smoothie and a gentleman, always chooses the best – whisky, watches, enemies, women, and of course, cars. Elegant Bond-Mobil Aston Martin DB5 is perfectly expresses the charisma of an ideal agent. Machine for a man – not just a luxury item or a means of transportation, it is a continuation of himself. Arab Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, for example, cannot be called as a modest man. Some people consider him bloody minded; some admire his passion for the enormous size. He owns the world’s largest Dodge Power Wagon with 4 cabins inside, weighing in at 50 tons. There are four bedrooms in his cabin. The King of Spain Juan Carlos 1 is famous for his love of cars. One of his favourite retro automobiles – vintage Mercedes-Benz G4 1939, was given by Hitler to General Franco in the past. The best selling Latin artist Enrique Iglesias prefers the classic at its best – Porsche. One of the best football players in the world, “Sport Pride” of Spain, Cristiano Ronaldo, bought a luxury Bugatti Veyron after the promotional video for Nike. Spanish football player has around 10 supercars in his garage. “Star” women of Spain move not only in limousines with chauffeur, but also look quite harmonious in “women’s” small cars like the Fiat 500. Pe, as the Spanish actress Penelope Cruz is affectionately known, chooses for herself and her family only SUVs.

Auto world of Spain

The history of the Spanish car industry spans more than one hundred years. First Spanish “super class car” Elizalde Tipo 11 was an automobile, apparently prohibitively looked as a gilded chariotee from the Rococo era. The modern Spanish market is focused more on comfort and accessibility, than on the conquest by features and form. The leader of Spain’s car industry is the national brand “SEAT”. Now a subsidiary of «Volkswagen AG» the rightful owner of the automotive brand since 1990. The investments of VW helped the internationally acclaimed Spanish brand to develop new models and optional accessories. Despite the decrease of private demand for powerful and expensive cars, Spain never ceases to amaze the world by their experimental approach and sense of beauty. The Geneva Motor Show demonstrated to the world the invention of Josep Ruban – automobile Tramontana. Model supercar called Tramontana R Edition is a symbiosis of shock-fighter aircraft and of a “GT Class Car”. The creativity of this invention captivates even sophisticated buyers. This is reminding us that not only “beaten” brands like Ferrari can be an element of luxury. Be that as it may, automobile manufacturing is one of the most powerful industries in Spain. Today, the Spanish automotive industry is developing in two directions: the sport´s direction and “everyday” direction. It is offers a wide variety of models. And a special time of Spanish auto innovation seems not far away: when Spain will be one of the top leaders in car sales in Europe.

1. The museum of cars from movies opened in Toledo, Spain. There are more than 100 vehicles collected in the museum. The collection includes machines that were used in the movies by famous Spanish filmmakers. For example, the red Ford Granada, which Penelope Cruz drove in the film “Volver”/ “Go Back!” for which she was Oscar-nominated.

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December 4-8. Auto show in Valencia – Exhibition Feria del Automovil de Valencia 2013 will be held in the exhibition centre Feria Valencia. Cars, SUVs, tuning, accessories and more.

December 4-8. Exhibition of vintage cars and motorcycles in Barcelona – Auto Retro 2013 exhibition will be held in the exhibition centre Fira de Barcelona Montjuic (Barcelona, Spain). – Cars, vintage automotive engineering, supercars and more.

The popularity of golf homes is boosting property sales in Spain as overseas visitors flock to the country to hit the courses. According to IAGTO’s 2013 Golf Tourism Report, global golf holiday sales saw a dramatic increase of 9.3 per cent year-on-year, meaning that investors are more likely to put their money into this type of development.

According to the National Golf Federation, around 56 million people worldwide take part in the sport. Furthermore, Spain remains the most popular destination in Europe for the pastime, KPMG Golf Insights 2013 underlined. While many play golf as a secondary activity on holiday, plenty travel solely for the purpose of indulging in the sport in the sun.

Indeed, it is believed that up to ten per cent of the 56 million people who play golf go abroad each year with the main purpose of their trip being to enjoy the game. This explains why sales of accommodation close to courses is increasing every year.

Marc Pritchard, sales and marketing director for Spanish house builder Taylor Wimpey Espana, commented: “Spain is one of the biggest golf destinations in the world; it’s certainly the most popular European golf location and anyone thinking of buying a golf property in Spain would definitely be making a wise move.

“Spain is poised to attract a large percentage of these golf travellers in the years to come and despite recent turbulent times for the Spanish economy, the demand for golf properties is evidently strong.”

The company reported a sales increase of 74 per cent in Mallorca last year – an island famed for its excellent golf courses. Indeed, it boasts 24 of Europe’s most luxurious courses, and the warm climate makes it an ideal location for those aiming to play a lot while there.

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Zenia Boulevard is the largest Shopping centre in the province of Alicante.Our customers and visitors describe us as a city, with its streets, squares, fountains, daily concerts and events that bring Zenia Boulevard to life and are what makes us different and exciting.

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It is a Shopping Centre designed for the enjoyment and entertainment of our visitors.
The Shopping Centre’s gorgeous, well-tended plants and gardens include more than 90 different species. We also have a free health and fitness park, where you can exercise, relax in the rest zones, watch the big sporting events and fascinating documentaries on the giant LED screen, and enjoy free concerts and shows every week on our stage…plus over 150 shops with the best prices and a huge choice of products. Such a range of attractions means that visitors return to the centre over and over again, making it the ideal place for meeting up with friends.

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Situated 10 minutes from Torrevieja, 5 minutes from Campoamor, 30 minutes from Cartagena, 55 minutes from Murcia, 37 minutes from Elche, 47 minutes from Alicante, 15 minutes from San Javier, Zenia Boulevard is the perfect destination for shopping, strolling, having fun and discovering exciting things to do with your family and/or friends. Do you want to miss out on all this? Visit Zenia Boulevard and find everything you desire, from Z to A.

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The Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre offers of wealth of shopping and leisure options and the best amenities. From the very first day, our customers will discover a world of services to enhance their shopping experience.
What is more, the prices, the quality and the range products that customers will find in the Zenia Boulevard Shopping Centre are the major features that set us apart and significantly improve our customers’ shopping experience and quality of life.

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Zenia Boulevard is the home to stores where you can find all the latest in fashion, services, design, accessories and décor at affordable prices, including Primark, Alcampo, Decathlon, Leroy Merlin, Norauto, C&A, H&M, Zara, Zara Home, Lefties, Mango, Stradivarius, Bershka, Pull and Bear, Springfield, etc.
And when you wish to treat yourself to something special, visit any of our premium outlets, such as Cuplé, Swarovski, Nichi Seijo, Geox, Guess, and many more.

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PRIEST-IN-CHARGE CHRISTOPHER SCARGILL

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE CHRISTOPHER SCARGILL: “BAD IMITATION OF ENGLAND IS NOT FOR ME”

Torrevieja is a cosmopolitan city with one of the largest diasporas of modern times in Spain, the British Diaspora. British culture is quite complex and multifaceted. “British Spain” is a Christian “country”, and so you may find that many people live in a way you find surprising. In an interview with “BOMOND Magazine” Father Christopher Scargill, the
priest-in-charge of a parish in Torrevieja, Chaplain Revd, talks about the British believers, about his impressions of the country and other cultures of Torrevieja, and much more.

Father Skargill, thank you very much for giving us the opportunity for a meeting with you, and it is a big pleasure to talk to you. How did you come to Spain? How did you become a priest?

Christianity was always a part of my life growing up. I’ve been a priest for almost 25 years in various parts of England, and suddenly one thought occurred to me: it’s time to do something else somewhere else. The Church of England has dominated the religious scene for British believers in many countries. In Paris, Benidorm, Madrid, one in Rome, even in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I received an offer to move to Torrevieja as a priest. I decided to see what would happen… And everything is brilliant now!

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Have you decided to move with your family?

Of course, yes. Or rather with my wife, who taught Spanish before and had lived in Spain. She was glad to be back, our youngest son also came with us. Two adult sons and my parents stayed in England. I go to visit them 3-4 times a year. By the way, there is one funny thing in the English clergy families. There are two types of children: those who almost from birth believe that will become priests, and those who from an early age are certain they don’t want to be! My sons work in another field, and I respect their choice. The same can be said about other families.

Tell us, please, your first impression of Spain, of Torrevieja.

Torrevieja is a good and interesting part of Spain. If I am not mistaken, a lot of English people moved here in 1995. And the Church of England has been developed here recently. I have noticed that there are many Russian people. It’s a pity, but I don’t know much about Russian culture, except Dostoyevsky, Tchaikovsky and Solzhenitsyn, that’s where my knowledge ends. I always wanted to see Moscow and St. Petersburg from a historical point of view. I would like to take a trip in the near future, but my wife is against it, she is afraid that we’ll freeze out there (smiling. – Ed.). By the way, our churches are very similar. For example, I apply theories in practice of many Orthodox theologians. Here is a great climate, and culture. I still continue to learn the Spanish language and Spanish mentality.

Have you noticed any differences between the British people, including the parishioners, living in England and Spain?

There is a big difference between the believers, but this difference was already in England. This is not the Catholic Church in Rome with one vision. There is a lot of different theories in England. You see, the Church of England is not just another Protestant Church. Some people in England are more Catholic than the Italians, some Protestants. We also have those who are very close to the Orthodox Church. We are neither Roman Catholic nor Protestant. So who are we? For a long time we were studying this issue. We realized that it is important to develop.

Tell us about your congregation. Who are they? What are the most common problems?

As I know, there are 50,000 of British people in Torrevieja. Of course, all 50,000 will not come to church. In my churches every Sunday there are about 140-180 people. Most of them – the people who have lived in other countries. They are used to a certain climate, and it would be difficult to go back to England, so the choice fell on Spain (a couple of hours flight from England). Of course, a few years ago, the property was very cheap compared to England. British people are active and responsive. When there was an exercise to plan in case of an earthquake in Torrevieja, among the volunteers were many Englishmen: former police officers, former soldiers, former nurses. There are many lonely people. Many of those who just need to talk.

Tell us about the complexities of the spiritual life of the English diaspora?

The main difficulty is that many of the parishioners arrive for 2-3 months, and many of them go back to England in august, because it is too hot. Our centres are not so big, but we try to celebrate all holidays, and organize large meetings as often as possible.

What can you say about the relationship between the English church in Torrevieja and the authorities of Spain?

We have a good relationship with authorities. The mayor of Torrevieja and other local mayors often come to the meeting with the British diaspora, to official events and concerts. There is a British Consul in Alicante, but he is responsible for all Costa Blanca, and he can not be everywhere. About the government in England… I do not think that they are particularly concerned about what is happening here. Too far.

How many English churches are there in Torrevieja?

If I’m not mistaken, there are seven such religious centers in Torrevieja. They located in the following areas: La Siesta, Los Balcones, Lago Jardin, La Marina, Campoverde, La Manga, Cristo Resucitado, Hondón de las Nieves. We meet almost every week. Unfortunately, there are not a lot of parishioners, but we try to do the best. There are also three or four other English churches which are not part of the Church of England.

PRIEST-IN-CHARGE CHRISTOPHER SCARGILL: “BAD IMITATION OF ENGLAND IS NOT FOR ME”

Is there a place in Torrevieja, where you can meet only English people?

Of course, there are such places. There are many English pubs and restaurants. There is English-speaking Diaspora Association, there is Royal British Legion. Many people are involved in the theatrical life, my wife sang in choirs in English. Unfortunately, some English people in Spain are trying to create a bad imitation of England. My opinion is subjective, but I believe that if I live in Spain, I have to be in Spain. I prefer visiting Spanish places and raise the level of proficiency. After all, it is important not to forget international relations. Some Englishmen are not even trying to learn Spanish, partly from the fact of the fear. But I think, that the main thing is to try.

Will there be any event this autumn?

The Harvest festival will begin in late September. This is to give thanks to God for our food, and for the beauty of the world and to pray for both food producers and those who do not have enough food. A service will be held in each of the churches. At the beginning of November there will be a memorial service for those who died in the past year. This is a long-standing tradition. The service is scheduled for November 2, but it is not yet sure. On November 11there will be a service in which we give a tribute to all those who died in wars and to victims of terrorism. After all, the victims were not only soldiers, many civilians died as well. This tradition brings together the Spanish and the English. We invite everyone to the service.

What would you like to add or say to our readers?

Light, and yet more light! I would say the following: let’s come together, get ready, take part. We are not that strange, really! We can say that with us you will find England with a Spanish accent. We are open not just on Sundays, we are ready to help in any day of the week at any time of the day. One has only to call. Whether it’s a problem with the kids, or mental discomfort – we welcome everyone.

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1. Unfortunately, many English people in Spain are trying to create a bad imitation of England. My opinion is subjective, but I believe that if I live in Spain, I have to be in Spain.

2. British are active and responsive people. When there was an earthquake in Spain, many Englishmen were among the volunteers: retired police officers, retired soldiers, retired nurses.

3. Lago Jardin Church is a beautiful little Church, set in lovely gardens within the Urbanisation of Lago Jardin 1. There is a service of Holy Communion every Saturday evening at 6.00pm (except during August, when no services are held). Everyone is assured of a warm welcome when visiting Lago Jardin Church. It is a wonderful setting for Wedding Blessings and Baptisms.

"There is a salty wind": Interview with the President of the Association of Restaurant Business José Antonio Álvarez

“There is a salty wind”: Interview with the President of the Association of Restaurant Business José Antonio Álvarez

Tourism is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the world. Questions about progress in the catering trade and the hotel business are especially important in the current economic climate. The Association of Catering Trade of Torrevieja and surrounding areas was established in 1976, and it is the first organization of its kind in Valencia. In an interview with “BOMOND Magazine” the President of the Association of the restaurant business in Torrevieja and a front-of-the-house manager in the restaurant “El Puerto” Jose Antonio Lozano Alvarez talks about the development of this field in Spain, shares tips and talks about the appeal of Torrevieja for tourists.

"There is a salty wind": Interview with the President of the Association of Restaurant Business José Antonio Álvarez

Mr. Alvarez! The association has now existed for decades. You must certainly be feeling the effects of the crisis. Tell us, please, how badly damaged the hotel industry and catering business is in Spain. Can you share a personal outlook of this field?

The crisis has hit the restaurant business, and all manufacturing industries of the country. This is primarily due to lowered power consumption, and this is the direct consequence of the high rate of unemployment in the country. Unfortunately, this situation has led to the fact that many of my companions did not survive and were forced to close their businesses. However, the region is popular for tourists, so we need to become more attractive and do not cease to grow.

We’ve heard about the public events organized by your association. What are they: fairs, exhibitions, presentations?

There are traditional food fairs, festivals, food and Spanish snacks tastings and snacks, for example, the week “Los Arroces de Torrevieja”, Gin and tonic & Cocktail Tour, Jueves Tapas Mahou… and many others. Starting last year we take a part in one of the most important gastronomic fairs in Spain – “Lo mejor de la Gastronomia”. Those wishing to attend are advised to visit the website www.torreviejagastronomica.es.

Why is Torrevieja so attractive amongst tourists from all over the world?

Torrevieja is a city on the coast, with excellent climate, first-class infrastructure, hospitals, sports facilities and three berths for marine tourism. Cultural events are held throughout the year. The city is strategically located in Vega Baja, between Alicante and Murcia, and only 30 minutes from Alicante airport. Visitors are close to the main shopping areas and entertainment centres, equipped with the best restaurants.

Mr. Alvarez, you can be called an expert in the restaurant business. Please, tell us about the features of Mediterranean cuisine. What would you recommend to try first of the national dishes, except paella and gazpacho.

I’ll say about Torrevieja. Torrevieja is a city with strong maritime roots; it is the home of fishermen, impregnated by the salty winds of the Mediterranean Sea. This gives us the opportunity to taste the thistle, goulash, soups of fish and seafood, try the full range of experience and enjoy the unique taste and aroma of rice (vapour, white, black, boiled in broth, etc.). Gardens and fields Vega Baja deserve specific words. They allow us to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, including legumes. And the proximity to Murcia gives us the opportunity to enjoy the national dishes of this region.

According to tradition, you can add anything you wish. For example, you can give advice to people, who are taking their first steps into the restaurant business.

First of all, you need a great desire, patience and willingness to devote yourself to the profession, where customers are a priority for you. All this is all feasible because of constant learning and improving your skills.

INSET:

1. The crisis has hit the restaurant business, and all manufacturing industries of the country. This is primarily due to lowered power consumption, and this is the direct consequence of the high rate of unemployment in the country. However, the region is popular for tourists, so we need to become more attractive and do not cease to grow.

2. Gardens and fields Vega Baja deserve specific words. They allow us to eat fresh fruits and vegetables, including legumes.

Interview with Tourism Advisor, Luis María Pizana: Reasons why everyone should live in Torrevieja

Interview with Tourism Advisor, Luis María Pizana: Reasons why everyone should live in Torrevieja

Torrevieja is a town that hosts an influx of curious visitors all year round. There is also a magnificent autumn season for tourists to enjoy. It is a centre of the tourism industry, focused on coastal recreation. There are many features that make Torrevieja special. Culture, Sport, Gastronomy and Tourism Advisor, vice-president of the Common Council of Habaneras Luis Maria Pisana kindly agreed to tell readers of “BOMOND Magazine” about tourism and sport of Torrevieja, about the “hidden” sightseeing attractions of the city.

Mr. Pisana, thank you for giving us the opportunity for a meeting with you! What can you say about the current state in the tourism industry and the numbers of tourists?

The influx of tourists from Northern Europe significantly increased in recent months. This is, I feel, is due to improvements in the fields of tourism, sport, gastronomy and culture. We hope that everything is going to get better and better. The off-peak tourist season in Torrevieja takes place several times throughout the year. Looking father ahead, we can feel hopeful for expectations about the development of the city.

How do you implement a program of development of physical culture, sport and tourism in the municipality? Do you promote a healthy lifestyle?

The main objective is to strengthen the attractiveness of the city throughout the year. For this reason, we generate employment in all industries; paying great attention to the issue of economic activity. We have a great team. It is worthwhile expending some effort to offer really good things, good quality things, for visitors and residents of Torrevieja.

What сan you say about the material and technical resources of physical culture and sport? Including those for persons with disabilities.

According to President of FESA, it works pretty well. We have much experience in organizing events and competitions in various disciplines for people with disabilities. I have to mention the Palace of Sports “Infanta Cristina”. This venue is for benefit and enjoyment of all, with a heated pool. All our sports camps are for athletes of all levels and for people, who want to be more active and have a healthier lifestyle.

How do you bring Torrevieja to the Forefront? Do you organize any special events?

In addition to the wonderful climate which we enjoy all year round, and a wide range of services, it is necessary to note a range of sporting and cultural activities. There is the opportunity to enjoy our exceptional cuisine, visit a chain of stores that provide an individual approach to each client, and to feel in touch with nature in places that have great ecological value. Also you will feel a great love of our citizens. By the way, every year we create new entertainment and educational programs. For example, Torrevieja Nautical Experience, which brought residents and visitors to the world of sailing.

Entrevista con Luis María Pizana Concejal de Turismo, Cultura, Deporte y Hostelería de Torrevieja

What are the features of the city? What or which places tourists should visit? Why this municipality is so attractive for British tourists?

Torrevieja has a very special places and secrets, unknown to most. In the same way as our natural parks: Parque Natural de las Lagunas de La Mata y Torrevieja, Paraje Natural Municipal, Parque Del Molino del Agua. And, of course, our beaches have various awards, such as the Blue Flag or the letter Q for Quality Tourism. Sports enthusiasts should visit our sports town. We have many cultural centres. One of the most interesting museums is the museum–submarine “S-61 Delfin”. Take a walk through our quays. In general, Torrevieja is a city where everyone can find something new and individual.

Which categories of tourists do you want to attract primarily?

The cultural tourist is a dream for any manager. We want to attract a large volume of tourists from Northern Europe. We are focused mostly on Scandinavia, Great Britain and Russia and France.

Are there any sports or other events in the near future? We mean activities which can attract more tourists?

Our “sport world” has endless amounts of offers with opportunities to improve fitness and health. We have two hospitals with highly skilled personnel, public and private. They are equipped with the latest technology. As for attracting more visitors we can note the increasing attendance of various trade fairs, promotion in social networks, advertising tours. Many tourists decide to come and live in Torrevieja, even if they have only visited us once.