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Doctor strikes on the Costa del Sol

A recent article in the Euro Weekly News informed us that from this week, doctors in Andalucia will be holding various strikes at healthcare centres in the area.

The 24 strikes will be called randomly at a different health care centres everyday in order not to disrupt hospitalised patients, so if you have an upcoming appointment we suggest you check with your clinic before you leave.

When renting long term on the Costa del Sol it’s a good idea to register with a doctor when you arrive. If you are working here and paying social security contributions you and your family are entitled to free, high quality medical care so it’s definitely worth making it a priority after the move.

In order to register with a doctor in Spain you need to be registered on the padron first to prove your address and residential status. Signing up to the padron is free and simple and you can read more about the benefits and how to register in our previous blog.

You can find lots more information about looking after your health in Spain and a range of other interesting topics on our blog. Just use the search box if there is a particular subject you are looking for.

Learning Spanish – Christmas shopping

The Costa del Sol is an enchanting place to be at Christmas time and a great chance for you and the family to learn about Spanish traditions. Pretty Christmas lights are sparkling in the towns, the restaurants and bars are once again bustling and the supermarkets are stocked with juicy turkeys and all kinds’ of festive goodies ready for week-long celebrations of the Three Kings.

Now that you are renting long term on the Costa del Sol, a great way to really feel settled in is to learn the lingo and Christmas is a great excuse to get started! Here are some Spanish tips so now you can do your Christmas shopping in Spanish too.

Christmas Tree

¿Aquí se vende árboles de navidad? – Do you sell Christmas trees here?

¿Cuánto cuesta por metro? – How much do they cost per metre?

¿Se entrega a domicilio? –  Are they delivered to the house?

¿Cuándo se puede entregarlo? – When can it be delivered?

¿Viene con raíces o está cortado? – Does it come with roots or is it cut?

Presents

Busco una camisa para hombre. – I´m looking for a man’s shirt.

¿Hay de seda / algodón? – Is there anything in silk / cotton?

Busco algo clasico / de moda. – I´m looking for something classic / fashionable.

¿Puedo devolverlo si no le gusta? – Can I return it if he doesn’t like it?

Tiene que devolverlo dentro de catorce días con el recibo. –  You have to return it within 14 days with the receipt.

Me podría dar un reembolso o tengo que cambiarlo para otra prenda? – Can I have a refund or do I have to change it for another garment?

Aquí tiene el recibo. – Here´s the receipt.

Me gustaría un reembolso. – I would like a refund.

Es para regalar, ¿se puede envolverlo? – It’s for a present, can you wrap it?

Shopping for Christmas dinner

Nata montado – whipped cream,      nata para montar – whipping cream,      jerez – sherry,      chirivía – parsnip,      castañas – chestnuts,      pavo – turkey,      pastelillo navideño relleno de frutas – mincepie,      relleno de frutas – mincemeat,      pastel de frutas secas que se come el día de Navidad – Christmas pudding,      col de Bruselas – Brussels sprouts,      tarjetas de Navidad – Christmas cards,      papel de regalo – wrapping paper,      lucitas de Navidad – Christmas lights,      nueces – walnuts,      frutas secas – nuts (general),      adornos navideños – Christmas decorations,      bolas de Navidad – Christmas baubles,      turrón – typical Christmas sweet made of nougat and chocolate.

¡Feliz Navidad! – Happy Christmas!

Michelle Lewis is a Spanish Teacher, Translator and Interpreter. She can help with a wide range of issues in Spanish including; NIE, residency, registering at the medical centre, medical appointments, importation of cars, problems with the Town Hall, the gestor, the police, or Telefonica. Email michellejlewis@hotmail.com or call 680 155 254 for more information.

Why Sign Up To The Padron?

There are a surprising amount of expatriates renting property on the Costa del Sol who have not yet signed up to the padron. As an expat in Spain you are obliged to sign the register yet still many are unaware it even exists or unsure why they need to.

 

So why should you sign up to the muncipal register even if you are not a not a home owner?  Here are some of the benefits you will have;

·         Register with doctor

·         Have the right to vote in the local and European elections

·         Have access to free or discounted activities

·         Free or reduced cost Spanish classes

·         Register kids at school

·         Help and support for the elderly

·         Reduction in bus fares

·         Tax reductions on certain services such as rubbish collection

Signing the padron is not a complicated process, it’s simple, quick and free and if you are spending the majority of your time in Spain you should be signing up. If you are worried about how this would affect your taxes or rights in the UK, the HMRC and new www.gov.uk websites provide lots of useful information about this. However the Town Hall itself is the best place to get information about the padron and its benefits.

It’s worth bearing in mind that some of the benefits are only available to those who have been signed up to the padron for a few years such as social care for the elderly, which is why its important to sign up as soon as you move to Spain.

By renting long term on the Costa del Sol and not signing up to the pardon, you risk not having access to your rights here in Spain and possibly wouldn’t be considered a UK resident either. Your resident status simply depends on where you spend the most time.

The budget allocated to each town depends on the amount of people who are signed up to the town’s padron so it’s important everyone does it to ensure their town receives the correct budget. In fact, Mijas Town Hall is sending out fines up to €150 to residents who don’t sign up as it could lead to the town losing out when it comes to budget allocation as they depend on the number of registered inhabitants.

If you have already signed up to the padron and are wondering whether you need to renew or make any adjustments, pop to your local town hall to check and bring with you original paperwork such as passport and residence tarjeta. In general, foreign residents should renew their empadronmiento every two years to avoid being dropped from the register and losing their rights.

The deadline for enrolment is the end of the year so best to head to your local Town Hall as soon as you can if you haven’t signed up yet.

For more information about renting long term on the Costa del Sol visit our website or call us on 952839 595.