I've just come back from two beautiful weeks in Andalucía, where we hired a car from Málaga airport and then went off to explore anywhere but the Costa del Sol. I highly recommend it! True, it was very hot, but I just love the whole tapas culture where olives magically appear as soon as you order a coke (I found this to be systematically the case in Granada, giving a new appeal to the pub crawl, as you never knew which appetizer you would get, but potentially could be both drunk and suitably fed by the end of the evening). More satisfyingly, I was shocked by how little English people spoke. In fact, shopkeepers and restaurant waiters were more inclined (and able!) to speak French if needed (and bizarrely, Italian) than English. On numerous occasions. I had a very low opinion of my ability of holding a simple conversation in Spanish before my trip, but thanks to the "no English spoken" rule have improved my skills immensely. Has anyone else come back from their holidays with a similar experience? I know we're probably all language teachers geeks who cannot wait to speak the lingo, but this was quite eye-opening to me (and I cannot wait to regale my students with the experience in great detail).