Every time a person in Spain – whether Spanish or British let me down I would grin and say manana like it was ok or normal.
When I’m paying for a job I want it done as promised – and on time – or am I mad for expecting this?
I figured that with so many expats living in Spain that there must be a bundle of potential new business opportunities or companies looking for staff. I soon found out that jobs and opportunities in Spain were few and far between apart from the obvious ones.
Fact – I hate villa cleaning, I hate cleaning pools, I hate working in bars until 2 am waiting for the last drunken expat to leave, I hate building work in the baking midday sun. Like everyone else I thought this was a funny joke at first.
I wish I had never moved to Spain and I urge anyone else thinking of Spain seriously to consider my story, especially any young families who I see writing on the expat forums about how they can’t wait to move to Spain, how they are fed up with life in the United Kingdom etc – you don’t realise how lucky you have it!
Don’t even think of moving to Spain if you have no money – it is not the cheap place to live that it used to be – the cost of living in Spain continues to match UK levels.
When I go back to the UK I notice sales, discounts.
Areas that used to soak up the water have been built on due to pure greed.
The councils just don’t seem to invest back into the community, instead the money collected from me in taxes is blown up – literally – by stunning firework displays that even Disney would be proud of.
Until I found out that often when people are burgled in Spain they are bound and gagged. Even houses with dogs – and have you noticed how many people have big dogs – yeah now I get it – get hit because they poison the dogs.
No, I don’t like living in fear and I’m sure the recession will only increase crime in Spain.It is like you are doing them a favour by shopping there! Often I end up going to the local town hall and being sent from one department to another where I am told conflicting advice. If you are coming to live in Spain bring a photocopier! Everyone seems so desperate that getting cheated is a story every expat I know can tell.