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The Magic of Spain, Issue #001 -- Summer s Over!
September 20, 2004

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September 2004, Issue #001



It s Linda Plummer here from
to deliver your monthly update on Spain via the newsletter
"The Magic of Spain".



1. A Guide To Buying Property In Spain.

2. Spanish Food - How To Prepare Spicy Gazpacho Soup.

3. Beginner s Spanish - Useful Vocabulary.



The hot, languid days and beautiful long nights of August are
at an end. The chatter and laughter of people taking an
all-too-brief respite from their daily toil are over. The
annual migration back home has taken place and people are
in the throws of returning to their old routine.

However, many people will have fallen in love with Spain and
left a part of their hearts behind, promising themselves that,
one day, they will own a place here - be it for use as a
holiday home or for living in.

For these people I set out, below, a checklist of things to
look over before buying, although you will find more detailed
information on buying property under the Living In Spain
section of:

1. Check the seller s escritura p blica - (deeds).
Is s/he, indeed, the owner?

2. Obtain a nota simple from the Property Registry
to ensure there are no mortgages/debts outstanding on the

3. Check the referencia catastral/certificado catastral.
Is the description of the property accurate?

4. For new properties on urbanizations, view the plan
at the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall). Is
it legally registered?

5. For plots of land, check building permits.

6. Ensure all past bills have been paid, including:

- Impuesto Sobre Bienes Inmuebles (IBI) on a
resale property;
Declaraci n de Obra Nueva on a new property.

- Any community charges.

- Electricity bills.

- Water bills.

- Rubbish collection.



Nobody feels like slaving over a hot stove during the
scorching Spanish summer months, so we all enjoy the
wonderful, ice-cold gazpacho soup.

This chilled, raw soup originates from the exotic southerly
region of Andalucia. Each family develops its own,
individual version, and this is the recipe I ve been using
all summer:

Ingrediants for 4 servings:

- 4 ripe tomatoes
- 1 onion
- red pepper
- green pepper
- cucumber
- 3 cloves garlic
- 50 g bread
- 3 dessertspoons vinegar
- 8 dessertspoons olive oil
- Water
- Salt/pepper
- chilli pepper (optional)


- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- finely chopped onion
- finely chopped red pepper
- finely chopped green pepper
- finely chopped cucumber


1. Break up bread and soak in water for 30 minutes.

2. Skin tomatoes, remove seeds and stalks from peppers.

3. Peel cucumber, onion and garlic.

4. Chop onion, garlic, tomatoes, peppers and cucumber.

5. Place in electric blender.

6. Squeeze out excess water from bread; add to blender.

7. Add oil and vinegar.

8. Blend well.

9. Add sufficient water for soup-like consistency.

10. Pour into a bowl with ice cubes.

11. Fridge for a couple of hours.

12. Serve in bowls, with garnishings in separate dishes.

Lovers of Spanish food will find more recipes at:



This month, I shall concentrate on words that will come in useful if buying property. They are in alphabetical order.

abogado - lawyer

asesor fiscal - tax consultant and accountant

Catastro - Land Office

comprar - to buy

contrato - contract

cuenta corriente - current account

escritura de compraventa - sales contract

escritura p blica - registered title deed

factura - bill

gestor - licensed administrative expert

hipoteca - mortgage

impuesto - tax

notario - public notary

poder - Power of Attorney

You will find beginner s Spanish at:


And, that just about winds it up for this month s issue!

Should any friends be interested in Spain, do pass this on,
or they can subscribe to the newsletter at:

Should you wish to contact me with any comments or questions,
just email me at:

So ... good-bye for now ... until next month!


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