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Miscellaneous / How to Recycle Rubbish in Granada
« Last post by Ashley on September 03, 2017, 02:48:17 AM »
I am staying in an apartment in Granada.

There is a place down the road which has several containers of different colours.
I don't understand which rubbish I can put in each container.

Can anyone help?
Eating in Granada / The minimum amount of Spanish to get something to eat.
« Last post by John on July 08, 2017, 09:42:28 AM »
I am writing this because many people who visit me know no Spanish and no nothing about Spain.
Unless I go with them they end up ordering the wrong thing and not getting what they want.

If you go to a village it is likely that nobody speaks any English.

This text is the absolute minimum you need.
You can even get this post up on your smartphone and point to things.

Let's say you want to go to a bar and have some drinks and something to eat.

You sit down at a table:
The waiter will probably come over and says.
¿que quiere beber?
¿que quiere tomar?
¿para beber?
or something similar.

He is probably saying.
What would you like to drink?
The waiter will almost always ask what you want to drink first.

Here is some help ordering a drink:

Cerveza - Beer - pronounced THER - VAY- THA
Beer normally comes in 2 sizes.
Una Caña (25cl)  prounced OONA CANYA
Un tubo (33cl) prounced OON TOOBO 

Vino - Wine - pronounced BEE NO
Normally comes in
Tinto - Red - pronounced TIN TOE
Blanco - White pronounced BLAN KOE

Let put this into a dialogue:

Camarero: ¿que quiere tomar?
Person 1:  Un vino tinto
Person 2:  Una cerveza or Un tubo de cerveza

When the Camerero brings your drinks he might bring you a free tapa.
The is very common in the province of Granada.
If you are not very hungry the tapas might be enough food.

If you are more hungry then you could ask for:
Una racion - pronounced OONA RATH EE ON
Un plato combinado - pronounced OON PLAT O KOMBIN ARDO
Menu del dia  - pronounced MEN OO DEL DEE A

Una Racion is a plate of food - The average person could probably eat 1  2 or maybe 3 to themselves
depending on the appetite and the size of them. (Look at other tables to see how big they are)
If you are with a few people you can order several raciones and share them. They will bring out some forks.

Un plato combinado -  is a plate of food which contains several ingredients.
For example:
Patatas Fritas - pronounced PA TA TAS FREET ASS - Chips
Huevos Fritos -  pronounced WAY VOS FRI TOSS - Fried eggs
Chorizo - pronounced CHO REE THO - Spanish spicy sausuage
Morcilla - pronounced MORE THEE YA  - Spanish black pudding

Menu del dia - Is a fixed menu meal with 3 courses.
It normally costs between 9 and 12 euros.
It is beyond the scope of this lesson to explain the menu del dia because you will have to understand the menu.
(did you know that will google translate you can put your smartphone up to a text and it will translate it)

If you know next to nothing in Spanish just order egg and chips with a beer.
Huevos con patatas fritas con una cerveza.

Here are a few more words to help you.

To attract the attention of the waiter. - Oiga pronounced - OYGA
Fork - Tenedor - pronounced - TENE DOOR
A plate - Un Plato . OON PLATTOE
It is very tasty - ¡que rico! - KAY REEKO
The toilets - Los servicios - LOS SERVITH EE OS
The bill please - La cuenta por favor - LA KWENTA POR FA VOR

Un menu in Spanish - pronounced MEN OO (Not MEN YOU) means a fixed price meal (not a menu)
A menu (list of all food) is called - la carta pronounced - LA CARR TA
A nice drink in the summer is - Tinto de verano - pronounced TIN TOE DE BERR ARNO - It is red wine with soda.

If you want to lean more click here for a page of SURVIVAL SPANISH

Getting around in Granada / Re: SN1 - How to buy ticket - How much ?
« Last post by Steven Wellington on June 21, 2017, 11:19:22 PM »
The price is 1.20 euros.
You can buy the ticket on the bus.
It is best to pay in cash.

It is best to have the exact fare.
They may refuse to take large bank notes.

Just go out of the bus station and the SN1 bustop is in front of you.
For the centre of Granada most people get off at the Catedral.
The journey takes about 18 minutes.

There is more info about buses here:

and maps of the main routes here.

I answered a similar question here

Getting around in Granada / SN1 - How to buy ticket - How much ?
« Last post by Ashley on June 21, 2017, 11:11:14 PM »
I want to get the SN1 from the bus station to the centre of Granada.

How does the ticket cost?
Where do I buy the ticket, on the bus or at the station?
Do you need exact change when paying the driver?

Cockroaches can be a problem in Spain I once had a friend in Madrid and when we went up the dimly lit stairs after a night out our shoes crunched on cockroaches on every step, disgusting!!!

In the south of Spain mid May is the worst time of year for cockroaches because they like warm temperatures and at the onset of summer they go exploring in search of new sources of food and for new places to live. It is at this time of year that people may notice cockroaches scuttling around in their houses. Most people are horrified to see a cockroach and will immediately go out and buy anti cockroach devices in the supermarket. The most common device is a small plastic roach trap which contains some poison, also they are aerosol sprays. The problem is that almost immediately the problem gets much worse because many dead or dying cockroaches appear.

Normally the cockroaches are nocturnal and in a domestic house they come out at night and feed on crumbs and food that has been left out. Cockroaches prefer dark places and can live for a long time without food and with little water. Many people are unaware that they actually have a cockroach problem because the cockroaches can hear you coming and hide before they are seen.  So it is very important to maintain scrupulous cleanliness in the kitchen. Never leave food out, always clean crumbs away and don't let anything edible remain on the floor especially in difficult to access places such as the side of a cooker. It may be a good idea to do a deep clean of your kitchen to make sure that there is nothing edible under the kitchen units or the fridge etc. I once lived in a house in the Albaicin and on a couple of occasions 15 or 20 dead or dying cockroaches appeared in the bathroom. Outside the bathroom was a drain cover that had a gap in it. I went to the hardware shop and bought some fine plastic mesh  and stuffed it into the hole. There were hundred of roaches in the drain, the only way to stop them was to make a physical barrier. So make sure that it is impossible for a cockroach to enter your house. This is never 100% certain because they can fly.

The problem if you have airbnb guests is that if you use poisons the problem will get worse before it gets better because your guests will see dead and dying cockroaches.  A way around this is to use a non poisonous trap. The best one I have used is the Vegas Roach Trap. It can be as simple as a large glass with some water, sugar and coffee grounds in the bottom. The roaches climb into the glass and then drown in the water. Just put "Vegas Roach Trap" into google there are plans for much more complicated ones. Put the trap in a place that can't be seen like a locked cupboard and empty it every few days. If you have a bad infestation you can get 10 or 15 cockroaches in a night using that method.

You will have to accept that is you live in Spain you will probably never completely get rid of cockroaches, there will always be 2 or 3 every year. People who come from the north of Europe will be freaked out just by the sight of one cockroach. You could say that if you can't cope with the occasional cockroach don't come to Spain. On the other hand any householder should take all steps to eradicate them and if you rent your house out the guests you will have to be very vigilant. In other parts of the world they are eaten as a delicacy.

Miscellaneous / Help. I have cockroaches in my house. What can I do?
« Last post by Ashley on May 19, 2017, 12:49:29 AM »
I bought a large house in Granada two years ago. To earn some extra income I rent it out on airbnb. I have not had a problem with cockroaches before but all of a sudden there are cockroaches scuttling around and the last guests gave me a bad review. What can I do?
Miscellaneous / Re: Is Cadiz a good place to go after Granada?
« Last post by granadagirl on May 17, 2017, 12:03:01 AM »
Yes, Cadiz is an interesting place to visit.
I have been there a few times.

One thing I really like is the Camera Oscura
They get light from a sort of periscope and project it onto the walls.
It is a very good way of looking at the city and spending a while in the old part of town.
Here is a link.

The best way to get to Cadiz (until the engineering works are finished is the bus)

As for Tapas in Cádiz

I asked a friend in Cadiz to give me some restaurant tips (he is a bit of a foody)
Here is what he said.

1)  El Faro  (Calle San Felix) -  best restaurant  in Cádiz (not cheap)....but you can have tapas at the bar. A must!
- make sure they order Tortillitas de camerón and Paté de Cabracho & papas aliñadas - not to be missed!)

2) 100 metres from there is a traditional bodega Bar Manteca (Calle Corralon de los Carros en el bario de la Viña
- on the tourist map but worth having a quick tapa of Chicharorones ESPECIALES or queso añejo with a manzanilla for the atmosphere

3) Mesón Cumbres Mayores (calle Zorilla) - is a good standard tapas bar. Especially good for ham and pork (100s of jamones hanging from the ceiling

4) La Candela (calle Feduchy) – is a relatively new place which was opened by a talented chef. Very Creative tapas and dishes

5) Also new and pretty good is Ultramar & Nos (calle Enrique de las Marinas on the corner of Plaza de Mina

6) For good old fashioned fried fish Bar las Flores (Plaza de las Flores/Pza Topete) is as good as any. Many other alternatives nearby around  (and in) the marke

7) If you go over to Pto Santa María a good place for seafood is el Romerijo...and if they have 175€/head to spare(!!!) - Angel León's restaurante "Aponiente" is an amazing experience. (has 2 michelin stars). Only sea products (experiments with algae and plankton) .

Most English people pronounce the "z" on the end of Cadiz as a Zed as in Quiz.
It is pronounced as a "th"  as in THink

The emphasis is on the "a" so it is CAdiz.

So it should be KA dith

Miscellaneous / Is Cadiz a good place to go after Granada?
« Last post by hudson on May 16, 2017, 11:54:08 PM »
I am planning to stay in Granada for 5 days and then go to Cadiz for 3 days before going to Morocco on the Ferry.

What is the best way of getting from Granada to Cadiz?

Does anyone know good places to eat and drink in Cadiz?

How do you pronounce Cadiz?
I buy my oil from an English couple who have really good oil.
I buy it from them directly but I believe they can ship it anywhere in Europe.

They have a website here.
Miscellaneous / Where can I find a good place to buy olive oil for my restaurant?
« Last post by hudson on May 15, 2017, 06:30:15 AM »
I have a restaurant in the UK. We us a lot of olive oil. I have been told that it is possible to buy very high quality olive oil direct from the producers. I will be in Granada next week and I wonder if anyone knows a good place. I don't speak any Spanish.
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