Back in the days when I lived in New York, it was coffee and a book or newspaper. Things have moved on so now it’s coffee and my laptop or ipad!
Zoo de Castellar – not your average zoo!
Many of the animals taken in by Castellar Zoo have had a very bad start in life. Some have been seized from smugglers attempting to move them across borders in tiny boxes or cages, and others rescued from circus troops
A Letter to My Sixteen-Year-Old Self
"You don’t always have to fight back and the sooner you learn, the calmer you’ll be."
No rush for resolutions
There’s still one more festivity to come and, let’s face it, in Spain it’s the Big One!
Charity on the Costa
Cudeca is forced to rely upon public donations for more than 90% of its income, due to the lack of availability of government funding
Doolally about dogs
Charlotte's 'other half' DJs at a dog's birthday party for charity in Puerto Banus!
Olive Press blogger Charlotte Hanson heads down to her local spa
No new record for radio’s Hannah
She celebrated Guinness World Record Day by attempting to break a record, live on air
Charlotte enjoys a sunny stroll along the paseo from Puerto Banús to Marbella
Adventures with dolphins
Charlotte discovers that the Gibraltar dolphins rock!
Costa Press Club open evening
Olive Press blogger Charlotte Hanson joins the press pack in Marbella
My Ode to Steve Jobs – The Creator of Genius
How many people heard the news of this great man's passing on a gadget/device that he created?
Up, up and away!
The airside bus pulled up to our plane and he gave me one of those looks that screamed out, "here's another thing you've forgotten to tell me about our holiday".
Charlotte goes large at a well-known themed restaurant in Puerto Banús
Harry Potter takes his final bow
Charlotte left the cinema feeling completely bereft; like something had gone missing from her life
Wild fire in Mijas
In a landscape such as ours, these fires are a sad reminder of how fragile our earth is and how we must protect, support and look after each other and the land upon which we live
I’m gutted that the summer is coming to an end – already. I don’t know where it went!
Marbella’s month of music
Charlotte hits a winning streak as she enjoys the summer concert experience on the Costa del Sol
An Open Letter to the new Mayors of the Costa del Sol
The new Mayor will soon take office in Estepona and, if his pre-election promises are to be believed, bring about the “change we need”.
To vote, or not to vote…
It's the municipal elections in Spain today. Our blogger Charlotte Hanson is off to cast her vote at the polling station. Are you?
The power of flamenco
Flamenco hammered itself into Charlotte's heart and soul in one evening
Black is back
Charlotte Hanson explains her view on the black economy and why labour reforms have to be made if the Costa del Sol is to drag itself back onto its feet
Skiing in Andalucia
The Sierra Nevada offers expats on the Costa del Sol a great alternative to expensive skiing holidays in colder climes!
The changing face of the Costa del Sol
Charlotte Hanson delves beneath the surface of life on the sunny coast
A ciggie on the lips or a sweetie on the hips?
Having kicked the smoking habit our blogger is now addicted to mints and wine gums!
Blessings for Man’s Best Friend
Join the celebration of the Fiesta of San Antón, the Patron Saint of Domestic Animals, by taking part in ADANA annual Día de las Mascotas (Pet’s Day) in Estepona on January 15
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