A Stranger in Town ..
An Englishman in Spain - thoughts and impressions.
The story of our adventure in Spain
In October 2002 we purchased a holiday flat in Guardamar on Spain's Costa Blanca - not far from Alicante and Torrevieja and we try to spend a good part of the year in Spain.
This blog hopefully will contain our thoughts and impressions of Spain - the good and the bad and lots and lots of photographs of not only Guardamar but the rest of Spain as we eventually get to explore it.
ITV'stelevisionprogrammetonightentitled-SpainParadise Lost - was again a catalogue of woes from the British expat community in Spain.
Many of those who have lost their homes certainly have much to complain about and others who have had disastrous business ventures should maybe have been a little wary ....
Whatever the rights or wrongs this type of publicity will certainly persuade many Brits not to invest in Spain.
Some years ago the TV, radio and newspapers were awash with articles and programmes about people chasing the dream in Spain and making money out of property. How things have changed !!! Now it is all doom and gloom and people are being warned off buying property or working in Spain.
The building industry in Spain is going to take a long time to recover if at all ....
Guardamar is a pleasant little town on the Costa Blanca coast just south of Alicante. Very busy in the summer when the tourists arrive from Madrid, Pais Vasco , England, Holland, Germany and further afield.
It has just been announce on UK radio that Manchester United F.C. have accepted an offer of £80m ( sterling ) from Real Madrid for their 24 year old number one striker Cristiano Ronaldo and given them permission to talk to the player.
This is a world record and let us hope the money will be well spent. The £80m will be made available to the United manager Sir Alex Ferguson for investing in the transfer market.
Sir Alex has many young players waiting in the wings and may not need to splash out too much on the transfer market.
For certain many of the United fans will be very very upset.....
Ronaldo needs to be very careful at Real Madrid and could see himself on the sidelines some of the time - look what happened to Beckham and Owen !!