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What is life in Spain like?

When we came here 13 years ago there was a mas migration of Brits to Spain, either purchasing to reside here in Spain or purchasing as a holiday home.  House prices were cheap due to the value of the pound and cost of living here was also inexpensive. And of course we had the sun (over 300 days a year on average) and white sandy beaches. Life was good here with the only problem being the language and communicating with the Spanish residents. Of course everyone speaks English? not likely and why should they, it is Spain and they do speak Spanish,  Yes a lot of people speak English but not the important ones, ie. Police, town hall, people not in tourist areas etc.

There was not much in the way of UK shopping for food or clothes etc but now you can buy nearly everything you can get in the UK.  Even UK newspapers the same day as release in the UK. There are also lots of restaurants who serve UK food but still serve Spanish cuisine if you wish. It is always cheaper to buy Spanish foods and goods .  You can also receive UK television as well as TV from anywhere in the world including Sky Sports etc.  This was not available when we first came to Spain, Spanish TV or nothing, ha ha.

Health care here is second to none and unfortunately I have experienced it personally.  They are very caring and family oriented care with no large wards or waiting in corridors to get a bed.  Crime,  there are opportunist crime here like stealing of handbags and personal items but not a lot of serious crimes, like murder, armed robbery, bank robberies etc. Perhaps in the big cities like Madrid and Barcelona but we have not witnessed it around the Costa Blanca.  But remember you still must be careful and don´t leave things lying about, like cameras and mobile phones. You would not do it in the UK so don´t do it here.

The weather obviously is much warmer than the UK all the year round with not much of a winter at all.  Now and again you will see the newspapers making statements that it is warmer in the UK than Spain.  Ha ha , perhaps for a few hours or one day a year?  Can you honestly say you swam in the sea and it was not cold at all.  Unfortunately now the prices although still cheaper are not as cheap as it used to be although eating out here is far cheaper.  Car fuel is cheaper by about 20% but catching up all the time.

Anyway it is April 19th and the beaches are filling up and people are already in their pools swimming but still a bit cool for me. Last week temperatures reached the high 20 s +, not bad for April.  One thing I will mention is the Brits don’t like August here as it can be a bit to warm reaching the 40 s. In fact some go back to the UK during August, rain or no rain.  But if you are on holiday, the warmer the better. So come on over and enjoy yourself s, it’s a lovely country and even lovelier people. 

Hasta Luego

Harry In Spain.

 

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Life in Spain.

In recent years, more British have been returning to the UK than moving to Spain WHY?
PANIC.  Yes people are panacking due to the drop in the prices of property and the cost of living increase in Spain.  They are taking a huge loss on selling their property at a much lower price and returning back to the UK only to find the same thing is happening there also. There is high unemployment here in Spain but the same applies to the UK.
The cost of living is up around the world and Spain is no different but it is still much cheaper here than most other countries.  Eating out for example, you can have a menu del dia for as low as £5, that’s a three course lunch and the food is excellent. The drink is inexpensive also. Petrol and diesel are still at least 20% cheaper.  So why panic?

The pound is now strengthening against the euro so pensioners get more for their money. Pensioners now get the same heating allowance as their counterparts in the UK.  It can get cold here in the winter but not as cold as the UK.

So what else is negative? When the laid back Spanish get behind the wheel of a car they change. From manana to rush, rush, rush, it can be frightening how close they drive behind you. On the plus side there is no road rage or beeping of horns.  They do not say please or thank you. (por favor or gracias)  but they always say good morning or afternoon (buenos dias or buenas tardes).
Too hot in July and August? it is a tad hot then with temperatures reaching the high thirties. Is that not why you came here?  It’s always the same too hot or too cold, too wet or too dry, there is no pleasing some folk.  So the question is why go back to the UK and the rain and the cold and the expensive cost of living, car rage, the list goes on and on but it is your homeland and perhaps you are homesick or missing the kids and grand children, who knows, but good luck anywayas I am still here.

Hasta Luego

Harry