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.
One consequence of the economic downturn is that Brits who headed for Australia, USA, Thailand and Hong Kong and other long distant holiday destinations may now be looking for a cheaper alternative nearer to home.
I predict that in the next couple of years Spain will see an increase in this section of the tourist trade.
People who enjoyed visits to their own holiday place in the sun plus the odd cruise or exotic destination will be holidaying exclusively in their own pad.
The local Guardamar authorities are basically complaining about the Ley de Costas - a national law which controls building within the coastal area.
Central government can overrule local authorities and declare certain properties built within the coastal area illegal and enforce compulsory demolition. This area is limited to a certain distance from the coast - hence the name Deslinde or border.
For more information those with fluent Spanish can search http://www.guardamar.net
I think it is the first time I've been in Guardamar for Halloween
The reason I say this is that I do not remember seeing the young children dressed up as witches and demons trawling around the bars and restaurants with their parents in tow and receiving handfuls of small sweets from the bar staff. This may of course be a recent trend??
I suppose it would be difficult to access the apartment blocks and knock at each individual flat hence concentrating on the bars.
Unfortunately some of the older children /teenagers take delight in throwing eggs mainly at bars and Bank ATM machines.
I hope this craze does not get copied in the UK.....
Well we have just returned to the UK from a three week visit to the Costa Blanca - the first visit to Spain since the late Spring.
Beautiful weather was to be had and we had a very relaxing time.
Afraid not many photographs were taken this time - reason being is that Guardamar is a rather small place and I can not be repeating all the same scenes over and over again. Utter boredom would follow .......
Nothing much has changed in Guardamar - the bar Candil is up for sale again and is now closed - El Siglo has new owners - Tim & Leon is now the name of the bar - not that I've visited the place.
Luka another bar has now got free WiFi connection.
We are of the opinion that the local council has cut down on street cleaning - usually of a very high standard we are seeing quite a bit of litter lying about.
The number of dwellings registered as sold increased in the first half of 2010. In July sales of new property was up 16% and re-sales 16.8%.
This increase has been fuelled by the impending higher sales tax which is now in force. Another reason for the increase is the fact that some owners are taking advantage of the low mortgage interest rates and trading up.
However there are few new buyers on the market and we'll have to wait now and see what happens over the next 6 months of 2010.
As the UK sinks deeper into the mire and unemployment rises Spain can not expect many buyers from that direction..
On this day in 1824 Jaime Nunó the Catalan composer was born at Sant Joan de les Abadesses in Girona province.
After the death of his parents he went to live with his uncle Bernard in Barcelona and it was he who helped finance his musical studies. Eventually he won a scholarship with Saverio Mercadante in Italy.
In 1851 he was named director of the Queen's Regimental Band and went with them to Cuba where he befriended Antonio López de Santa Anna the former Mexican president.
When Santa Anna returned to Mexico in 1853 he was invited to lead the Mexican military bands and in 1854 he composed the Mexican national anthem.
Jaime died in New York in 1908 but his remains were exhumed and he was laid to rest in the Rotonda de los Hombres Ilustres in Mexico City.
Al César lo que es del César y a Dios lo que es de Dios.
To Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.
My book of Spanish Proverbs states that the literal translation of this means give credit where credit is due but I would dispute this - the religious meaning is quite plain to see as far as I am concerned.