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.
An opportunity as they say - the Hotel Las Dunas is available for sale or rent. From what I can see this hotel only opens during the height of the summer months. Just a few yards from the sea front and in a prime location.
Manchester City F.C. have confirmed that the 59 year old Chilean Manuel Pellegrini has joined them on a three year contract as manager. He moves from Malaga and starts the new job June 24th. Good luck..... .
While absent from our apartment we had a visitor who left this on the balcony. I understand that it is a nest of a Mud Dauber - a type of wasp. The nest appears to be made of mud and the holes are where the young have emerged.
I did not destroy it but left it in situ. Hope on our next visit that it has not been colonised by something nasty.
Sevilla winger Jesus Navas Gonzalez age 27 is most likely to transfer to Manchester City this summer for a reported £22.5 million. He is currently away with the national Spanish side at their training camp and is expected to complete the deal in two weeks time. I'm sure he'll find the weather in Manchester somewhat different to Sevilla.. .
Since our last visit to Guardamar in 2011 we have noticed that there are more Russian speakers - you hear them in the bars and streets. Some of the speakers are quite young and have obviously come over to Spain to work but quite a few are tourists and some must own their own apartments. Spain is trying to attract people from Russia to not only visit as tourists but to buy holiday property. I'm told that many British and German residents who do not wish to declare their worldwide taxable asserts to the tax authorities ( new rules introduced recently ) are returning to their original countries of origin in order to avoid making declarations and in fear of extra taxation. How true this is I do not know. I do wonder if Russian people find the cost of living in Spain expensive or cheap / Spain was once considered a cheap place to live but I think this is no longer so. We'll see what happens in the future. .