Grancanariaguru newsletter September / October 2009

In this newsletter we have info on how to get free DVDs, cheap food and all the latest event information, read on to find out more …

As Summer ends and all the Canarians go out and buy new coats and scarves for the winter, what have we got to look forward to over the next couple of months?

Events

We have just updated the events section with all the events for the rest of the year in Las Palmas and in the rest of the island and there are quite a few things to look forward to over the next couple of months. If you like the theatre, opera and classical music there are a plethora of nights out to look forward to including Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess at the end of September, the Glen Miller orchestra in December and The Marriage of Figaro opera in November. We’ve also got a Jorge Blass the relatively famous magician (see his website)in December, and if you have kids, Disney return for the Magic of Mickey extravaganza this month. Music wise we have got Campus Rock in a couple of weeks, headlined by El Canto del Loco, a massive, really good Spanish rock band and if you like alternative music have a look at Radar (a mixture of electronic music djs) on the 12th September. Sportswise UD Las Palmas try again to get back into the Liga and every week Las Palmas basketball play the best teams in Spain in the first division. If you like the local village parties (fiestas) we are also in full Romeria season now so if you feel like getting dressed up in a Canarian outfit, dancing and drinking rum all day in a small country town have a look at the calendar. Seriously – if you’ve never been to one they are really good, Santa Lucia, Agaete, Teror and Vegueta are probably the most popular.

My recommendation is to have a look through all that is available in the next few months, see what you like and book your tickets now as many events sell out really quickly. If we have missed anything, please let us know and if you want to advertise an event of your own please add it via your user control panel.

Flights: As you probably know Ryanair now flies to Gran Canaria from Birmingham, Bournemouth, Bristol, Dublin, Edinburgh, East Midlands, Liverpool, London (Luton and Stanstead) and Shannon. With flights from only 75 pounds return it’s worth having a look.

Hotels: With the recession hitting the tourist sector really hard here there are many great hotel offers available at the moment. Have a look at the hotel search box on the website for the deals, otherwise have a look at the Lopesan website where they have rooms in pretty nice places for only 25 euros.

Making the most of living here …

Over the past couple of months we’ve received a few emails with more hints on making the most out of living here. Thanks a lot for all the information and please keep it coming – here is a summary of some of what we’ve received …

Library
Most towns have a local library and if you want to save a few euros they are great –  internet use is free, dvds of the latest films can be borrowed completely free of charge as well as books in Spanish and English. Joining is quick and easy – you just need a passport photo and and a photocopy of I.D. such as your passport. That´s it! They don´t even require proof of residence within the area. There are libraries in San Fernando, Vecindario, Las Palmas, Telde etc, but for those in the South, the San Fernando one (within the Centro Cultural de Maspalomas, Av Tejeda, off Av Tirajana and opposite the church and park) is probably the most convenient. Every item can be borrowed for two weeks and then renewed 3 times.Their opening hours are long and include Saturdays but they usually close from 1.30 to 3.30pm.

Cheap vets
If  you find an animal and want to keep it but can’t afford all the injections, chip etc. you have various options. In the south there is a vets in Playa del Inglés, Av de Alemania opposite the Sandia centre which has a deal with TARA animal charity and will treat or neuter street rescue cats or dogs for less than a third of the usual price – only 25 euros to neuter a male cat(instead of their usual 80)  and 40 to 45 (instead of the full price of over 100) to neuter a female. In the north go the animal rescue centre in Bañaderos where they will neuter, vaccinate and chip stray animals for only 40 euros.

Cheap food
Paella. If you go to the Dorotea Apartments in Av de Tirma in Playa de Inglés on Sundays you can get an excellent paella for only 3 euros. You need to arrive before 1pm and buzz for reception to let you in, you get a plate of paella with bread and beer etc at 1 euro a glass – all by the pool.

A great menú del dia offer is made at brand new restaurant 2 1/2 Swedes (formerly Roger´s) on the Avenida Tirajana in Playa del Inglés, by Plaza Teror and next to the Chinese restaurant. 6 euros 50 for two courses with wine, beer or soft drink included – currently running 7 days a week, all day long.

Car boot sale
Every Sunday there is a car boot sale at Faro 2 shopping centre car park, 8am to 1pm in Maspalomas. Not only a great place to pick up mega bargains from clothes and toys to books and dvds, (plus larger items like electrodomestics and furniture) but also a great way to make some cash if you have things to sell. Just turn up by 7.30am and depending on the size of space you take up, it´ll cost you 5 to 10 euros for the whole morning to have a stall there.

Watch BBC
Missing BBC, ITV and channel 4 but can’t afford Sky? We have stumbled across a great web service called flote.tv. If you go to this website, sign up it will give you access to the bbc iplayer and the ITV and channel 4 equivalents. You have to watch it on your PC but a PC to TV cable only costs a couple of euros and is easy to set up. This Summer we watched Wimbledon and various rubbish British TV shows. It costs 9.99 a month but you can try it free for two weeks so if there is a specific sporting event you want to watch just sign up, use it and cancel. The quality is excellent.

Free concerts
This might sound obvious, but as all the big hotels put on free concerts and shows – or some kind of entertainment each night, it´s worth checking some out as you can watch them for free if you just buy a drink.

Jobs

As you are probably very aware – there aren’t many jobs here in GC at the moment and many are heading home because they can’t afford to stay. We have teamed up with a couple of companies to try to help you out.

English teaching

One of the only jobs which is still going strong in the recession are English teaching jobs but it is often difficult to get these jobs without any qualifications. TLC in Telde offer a variety of teacher training courses starting from only 100 euros and once you’ve completed the course you can confidently offer private lessons, approach your nearest language academy or enrol on the teaching assistant scheme. For more information visit traininglink-iberia.com or call 928 70 74 92 and ask for Terry.

Spanish lessons – one of the best ways to stand out above all the other applicants for work is to speak Spanish. We have teamed up with 2 private Spanish teachers to help you learn or boost your level. Both speak fluent English and can teach all levels. If you can get together with friends both offer generous group discounts.

Agustin Lopez (Las Palmas) – 647097682
Theresa Coe (South) – Call now for a free introductory lesson theresacoe@gmail.com or tel. (+34) 662 045 990.

Grancanariaguru – the website
Finally, if you want to be informed immediately when new events are added, when people leave questions on the forum or new content is added just go to your user control panel in the right hand column and modify your subscription. It is very simple. This way you are first to know of concerts, new classified ads and jobs.

We are trying to make this site, the one stop place for all information on GC, so everytime you need to know anything you don’t have to trawl through google. So next time you need to know something try our search box before you try google, we have most information from the best cinema websites to where to buy a car however if you can’t find something or if you have any ideas on any info or function we’re missing please let us know, thanks.

I know this has been a bit of a beast of a newsletter but I hope it has some useful information. if you have any suggestions or have any other hints and tips please let us know so we can put it in the next one.

Enjoy the Autumn,

The GCGuru team

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