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Old Jan 19th 2010, 8:21 pm
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Originally Posted by fionamw View Post
I think most things have been or will be said by others, but two points
1. I still find it abhorrent ... haven't checked the definition, but certainly inexcusable, unforgivable, ignorant, you name it... that people can live here for years & consider it acceptable not to learn anything other than a few words. I am very far from fluent but believe my neighbours would think I could converse (given that one just asked another for my phone number!! all innocent, I assure you. Land. !!)
2. Given that I was the first in another thread to mention things being expensive, I'd like to say I don't socialise very often at all. Try buying kids' shoes - Asda & Tesco can lop about 30% or more off the average supermarket price here. Or pencils, or towels, or a multitude of other houseware bits & bobs. Or ladies' clothes. Or men's, or kids'..... need I go on. Frankly I'd say socialising was cheaper! (or maybe that's because I'm a cheap date)


How cheap?????????
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Old Jan 19th 2010, 8:40 pm
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How cheap?????????
You'd have to ask OH, and I suspect he'd say not that cheap at all
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Old Jan 19th 2010, 8:45 pm
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Originally Posted by fionamw View Post
2. Given that I was the first in another thread to mention things being expensive, I'd like to say I don't socialise very often at all. Try buying kids' shoes - Asda & Tesco can lop about 30% or more off the average supermarket price here. Or pencils, or towels, or a multitude of other houseware bits & bobs. Or ladies' clothes. Or men's, or kids'..... need I go on. Frankly I'd say socialising was cheaper! (or maybe that's because I'm a cheap date)
Just come from my Spanish class, were talking abour car insurance etc and my teacher from Valladolid commented how cheap it was here in UK. She said her father can't believe she is only paying about £300 fully comp. She said both her and her Dad only ever had seguros a terceros, third party.
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Old Jan 19th 2010, 9:41 pm
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When I first came over 20 years ago, I expected to become very rich in as short as possible a time. That didn’t work out, and I went home for a couple of times to re-think, not for long, and then it was all systems go again, but with fewer ambitions to become rich.

13 years ago, I decided to stop going home and concentrated on enjoying life in Spain, without any further attempts to run a business here. And that’s how it is now, luckily I still have a decent English income and it’s enough to live on, quite happily, though modestly.

I made an effort to learn the language before I came and during my stay here, but I still have to get the dictionary out at times. Today I found out the difference between Perrito and Perito, the latter is an insurance assessor. And the Perito has checked La Luna, not the moon but my car windscreen.

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Old Jan 19th 2010, 10:37 pm
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The thing is why shouldn´t you have a moan. If you were in the UK you would moan about certain things so now you are living in Spain you are not allowed to moan about anything Spanish. Balls, I love living here but there are things I want to moan about just as I would moan about different things in the UK. My present moan is the bloody pot holes at the bottom of my road whilst the Council are laying artificial grass on the entrance to the town. I have always said there is good and bad in every country and every nationality.
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Old Jan 20th 2010, 5:00 am
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Originally Posted by Chiclanagir View Post
The thing is why shouldn´t you have a moan. If you were in the UK you would moan about certain things so now you are living in Spain you are not allowed to moan about anything Spanish. Balls, I love living here but there are things I want to moan about just as I would moan about different things in the UK. My present moan is the bloody pot holes at the bottom of my road whilst the Council are laying artificial grass on the entrance to the town. I have always said there is good and bad in every country and every nationality.
totally agree

just because we prefer to live here doesn't mean we wear rose-tinted glasses & think it's perfect

why lay artificial grass
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Old Jan 20th 2010, 7:56 am
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totally agree

just because we prefer to live here doesn't mean we wear rose-tinted glasses & think it's perfect

why lay artificial grass

Who knows with this town? I´d be interested to know where it is they are laying it chiclanagirl.
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Originally Posted by lynnxa View Post
totally agree
Ditto. I can't believe that those complaining about moaners don't ever have a moan themselves. Is everything that perfect in Spain? Not from what I read, the Spanish themselves are the biggest moaners around, but I guess that's different. Reading recently about Spain taking over the presidency of EU, nearly all the comments were of the "ZP has f----d up Spain, he'll probably do the same to Europe" type of comment. Reading what the Spanish themselves write about Spain will dispel any myths about it being perfect, but if a few Brit immigrants find it perfect, I guess they should consider themselves very lucky.
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Personally what I read is criticism.

I read/member of most of the Spanish and Italian forums on the net, some Spanish forums too and there is a pattern of complaint.

I prefer to read the hassle of someone in the Spanish community than a person who spends all day in their villa/pueblo.

Someone with a family living and working in Spain is going to have far more experience of Spanish culture than a person not working.
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Old Jan 20th 2010, 9:43 am
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Personally what I read is criticism.

I read/member of most of the Spanish and Italian forums on the net, some Spanish forums too and there is a pattern of complaint.

I prefer to read the hassle of someone in the Spanish community than a person who spends all day in their villa/pueblo.

Someone with a family living and working in Spain is going to have far more experience of Spanish culture than a person not working.
you just described jdr

and me
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[QUOTE=chulo;8265257]Personally what I read is criticism.

Check out the Canadian forum if you want moaners.
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you just described jdr

and me
He only believes...... oh i can`t be arsed.
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He only believes...... oh i can`t be arsed.
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Someone with a family living and working in Spain is going to have far more experience of Spanish culture than a person not working.
I don't work
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Old Jan 20th 2010, 1:21 pm
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And I value both your comments on Spain, when you write them.

It is the other content I have issue with.
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