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Old 12th April 2011, 08:31 PM
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YOU are longterm & pretty certainly permanent, having a Spanish hubby & daughter - though again, it's just possible that you will move to the UK..............or somewhere else..........
Good grief, what are you trying to do to me! That sent a shiver down my spine!!
I have no intention of ever going back to the UK. I'm not saying that with pride or being supercilious (an old fashioned word?), or implying that people who do want to live in the UK are losers, but think I personally would be deeply unhappy living there, especially in the way that I could afford to live. Also, if I remain married to the Spaniard who is my husband, it's out of the question.
Somewhere else?? Well that was always my plan, but The Husband pops up into view again. It's absolutely amazing that he ever left the Basque country, let alone go to another country (real other country I mean). Of his 4 brothers and sisters, 6 aunts and uncles and 10 cousins only 2 others live outside its boundaries, so as I say, if I remain married to the Spaniard who is my husband it's out of the question.
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Old 12th April 2011, 08:49 PM
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Good grief, what are you trying to do to me! That sent a shiver down my spine!!
I have no intention of ever going back to the UK. I'm not saying that with pride or being supercilious (an old fashioned word?), or implying that people who do want to live in the UK are losers, but think I personally would be deeply unhappy living there, especially in the way that I could afford to live. Also, if I remain married to the Spaniard who is my husband, it's out of the question.
Somewhere else?? Well that was always my plan, but The Husband pops up into view again. It's absolutely amazing that he ever left the Basque country, let alone go to another country (real other country I mean). Of his 4 brothers and sisters, 6 aunts and uncles and 10 cousins only 2 others live outside its boundaries, so as I say, if I remain married to the Spaniard who is my husband it's out of the question.
And that's the plan
for the moment...
I LOVE the word supercilious - I use it all the time!!

so I guess you're permanent then?

.............for the moment.......

I've said before that dd1 sees her future in the 'whole world' - not Spain necessarily, after all we moved, so why wouldn't she??

dd2 hasn't yet thought about it - she's only 11

the world is our lobster, as they say - we fully intend to retire in 3 years -then.............


who knows????????????

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Do you call yourself an immigrant?
How do you feel in the Oficina de Extranjeros?
How are you treated in the Oficina de Extranjeros?



With great courtesy. As a foreigner. Which I am.


I should have added to that list:

How are OTHERS treated in the Oficina de Extranjeros?
Folks who aren't EU citizens...?

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Old 12th April 2011, 08:58 PM
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Great article which covers almost everything I think, except perhaps that we should consider how we are classified by the country we are in. I'm pretty sure that politically speaking I, and probably you, are classified as an immigrant, like it or not. That means we are lumped in with Nigerians, Bolivians, Russians, Moroccans and even Germans. So, even if you want to refer to yourself as an expat, you are officially an immigrant.
I think sometimes a word just gets old; the world moves on and it doesn't. Frock comes to mind, motor car, you blighter(!!), salve -they sound old fashioned and out of place just like expat does to me.
Apart from that, there are all the other stereotypes that some still believe like expats are a cut above the others etc. I too would prefer expressions like temporary resident, short/ longterm visitor/ worker etc.
For me, expat brings to mind a nice relaxed life.
My life is anything but. 11 pm and I'm starting to plan tomorrow's classes, been too busy trying to decipher a convocatoria for oposiciones with the OH, decide on a wedding photographer, check up on my grant application, get electric connected to our new house (FRIGGIN' EH!), buy a sofa, and coordinate dates and times with the folks coming to measure for the fence and curtains.

Heck, I'd love for my life to bring up images of a nice relaxed life. Until then, "it ain't happenin'!"

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There´s also the phrase "expat community", which to me brings up images of the British colonial types in India trying to create little ghettos of familiarity in a hostile land. Jewel in the Crown and all that.

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There´s also the phrase "expat community", which to me brings up images of the British colonial types in India trying to create little ghettos of familiarity in a hostile land. Jewel in the Crown and all that.
I live in a so called "expat community" and actually, there a re less Brits here than any other nationality - I guess the recession has something to do with it? But theres probably more Spanish than any other one nationality. So it doesnt really mean what British people think it means anymore!

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I live in a so called "expat community" and actually, there a re less Brits here than any other nationality - I guess the recession has something to do with it? But theres probably more Spanish than any other one nationality. So it doesnt really mean what British people think it means anymore!

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So if it´s a so-called expat community, somebody must still be calling it that?

What do the other nationalities there call themselves, out of interest? Perhaps you could do a survey for us!

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Old 13th April 2011, 09:07 AM
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So if it´s a so-called expat community, somebody must still be calling it that?

What do the other nationalities there call themselves, out of interest? Perhaps you could do a survey for us!
I dont think other nationalities think about it as much as us brits! They live in Spain and its what it is. Other nationalities dont seem to have the same infatuation about expats or foreigners???!!! The Spanish probably feel as we do about foreigners in the UK, altho they probably dont worry about the benefit system potentially being abused - but thats another topic! Personally I've come to realise (for me and my family) that its nice to be close to people you can relate to verbally and culturally as well as other nationalities

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