2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,900 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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2013 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2013 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 9,200 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Best book about Granada bar none!

What happens to a man when he reaches mid life, loses his marriage, job and home, and decides on a whim to emigrate to a country where he can’t speak the language?

The Cats of the River Darro tells the tale of one such man’s adventures in the beautiful Spanish city of Granada. After hastily training to be an English teacher Liverpudlian Derek Dohren has nothing to lose except his dignity as he plunges head first from one classroom mishap to the next.

Wonderfully illustrated by talented new artist Natasha Phillips this hilariously entertaining book is written in an intriguing mix of straight narrative and fictional short stories with the writer regularly sharing his thoughts on art, religion, quantum physics, and of course cats.
Share the writer’s journey as he uses fantasy and science, God and the afterlife in a glorious attempt to make sense of a world that for him has been turned upside down.

On a parallel earth somewhere in the vast multiverse we call home this book has already zipped to the top of the bestsellers lists.


Check Out Dohren’s website athttp://derekdohren.com/


FB : http://www.facebook.com/thecatsoftheriverdarro

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And Granada Insider’s own review of thge book:

If I had been told beforehand that this book would cover topics as diverse as teaching English, football legends, the question of identity, the beauty of art and quantum physics, I would have thought; whoa, that sounds really quite ambitious.

Somehow Dohren pulls it off, he covers all of these topics and many more yet it reads so easily as a story about a guy and his thoughts on the world. Through a naturally playful style with language and a large dose of self-deprecating humour he keeps the reader laughing out loud and turning the pages until the very end, wanting to find out what might happen next.

Its like a cross mix of Kerouac’s “On the Road” and a Monty Python sketch with a blast of Catch 22 for good measure.

In fact keeping with the Spanish theme of the book I would compare it to a Pedro Almodovar movie, at times blurring the distinction between fantasy and reality while always telling a compelling story with hilarious moments of natural humour. When Almodovar does get around to turning the book into a movie I would be keen to see Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan or Ardal O’Hanlon playing the lead role.

I look forward to reading the complete collection of the tales of drivel.


Getting Tefl’ed in Granada

With the current crisis, are you feeling the pinch, out of work and wondering what to do next?

We are looking for bright, enthusiastic people who are up for an adventure.  We are offering you the opportunity to begin a career teaching English as a Foreign Language, one of the few thriving businesses in Spain!

TEFL In Spain is a new TEFL certification centre located in beautiful Granada, Spain.  We provide you with all the knowledge and skills you will need to become successful English as a Foreign Language teacher. You will be taught by highly qualified and experienced teacher trainers.

At TEFL In Spain, you will gain insight into the world of language instruction, real teaching experience, and best of all, job guidance once you have completed the course.

Unlike many other schools, we GUARANTEE EMPLOYMENT in Granada or Malaga for all of our students as a result of our collaboration with the great folks at Acadomia.

Our administrators are part of a large network of language schools throughout Spain. You will have access to the very best guidance and advice as you dive into your new career!

This intensive training course takes 4 weeks to complete.

The centre is paired with a well-established Spanish language school which shares the same building. Package deals are available that include the TEFL and Spanish language lessons.

So with a guaranteed job waiting for you here in the majestic city of Granada, what are you waiting for?! Take the first step and get in touch.

Email gracegaldo@gmail.com

Or find out more at: http://tefl-in-spain.com/

Free stuff in Granada

¡Sí señor, es Gratis!

Watching the sunset from the Mirador San Nicolas: So most people would probably agree that one of the best things about Granada is the Alhambra. Head up to the mirador as the sun is beginning to go down on another beautiful Spring day and you are in for a special treat.

Street Art Nobody does it better in Granada than el Niño de los Pinturas, check out his work here. Graffiti in Granada!! or watch him at work here. Street art by el Nino de las pinturas.

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The Best of Facebook

Some funny status updates taken from the site that everybody loves to hate!! Brought to you by the good people of Granada Insider.

Dear Facebook users, how does your status compare to these? BTW, feel free to steal IDK the one that makes you LOL the most.

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The Granada Pub Quiz – Every Friday Night

Due to the success of the first Granada Pub Quiz last Friday night we will be making it a weekly trivia event. Below you will find the questions from Last weeks quiz.

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The prediction list for Granada in 2012

By this stage you have probably read the commentators and their predictions for the forthcoming year. You probably didn’t agree with most of them, sure neither did I. Here are some more that you reckon will probably never transpire.

But you never know, one or two just might.

2012 how it will pan out:

January: Due to the continuos rain and a little bit of cold, two weeks pass without a single Granaíno leaving their house. In an act of inspiration, it is decided the chinese new year will be celebrated by all. 新年快樂 

February: By the middle of the month the snow continues to bucket it down. In Granada the roads are closed and a city-wide blackout cuts eletricity on the night of the 14th. (Baby boom is expected by the end of November)

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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,900 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 48 trips to carry that many people.

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Winter Photos of Granada

Mark Shurey, Flamenco Artist

Skiing in the Sierra NevadaMark Shurey, Flamenco Artist

christmas marketsMark Shurey, Flamenco ArtistSkiing in the Sierra Nevada


crimbo sweets


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