Hi Jane - thank you so much for drawing our attention to Tamara's blog - I linked to it an hour and a half ago, just for a quick look, and couldn't tear myself away.
Beautifully written, full of insightful and downright sensible opinions - and I improved my Spanish too (though my grasp of the subjunctive is obviously sadly lacking!).
Well done Tamara.
I highly recommend this blog (though perhaps not for the moaning Minnie's who think the Spaniards should give up centuries of tradition to accommodate the narrow views of the ex-pat/immigrant/extranjero - call them what you will; Tamara describes it beautifully in Blog 29.