Back in the UK now after one month on the Costa Blanca - with some cold weather on the coast this last couple of weeks - further inland Spain has had a lot of snow already and it is one of the main topics on the TV.
The town of Guardamar is rather quiet - not many people about and since our last visit many more bars and shops have closed down due to the economic crisis. We feel that we are strangers - our favourite bars are closed and we now have to find others that suit us - it's like turning the clock back 6 years and starting again.
Building of new properties has virtually ceased - the house builders are asking for direct air links to Russia and Eastern Europe and the relaxation if entry qualifications in the hope that they can find new buyers from those countries for their properties.
The builders just can not understand that they have built too many properties and that the market is saturated ... so many flats and villas for sale and many of the estate agents closing !!