Well, it's been ages since I've posted here in a long long while. I am glad to see though that a few familiar faces from back in the day are still here (Jojo - me old mucker xxx; Xabiachica; Mary; Pesky Wesky, Baldilocks etc).
Well life goes on doesn't it.....how is everyone?
Life so far.....well, it's not easy is it? Though we all tend to say from time to time, "same sh1t, different country", it's a different thing here. On talking to my friends and family back in the UK, that "sh1t" they're going through is much worse. The peer pressure of even the very basic things that my kids would be facing back there is nothing in comparison. That's not to say that everything is a bed of roses here of course. But we count our blessings in this awful crisis......
For those who don't know me on here, we've been here seven years now. Built our own house after doing a deal back in the UK. I'm married to a Galician retornado. We have three children - twins of 14 and a younger one of 13 all in state school. All fluent in Castellano, Gallego and English. Now learning French too. The school system is so much more advanced and reminds me of my days in France - and the kids are all inundated with exams every week and it's a constant cycle of homework and studying. Very little time for extra-curricular activities. Of course, with the current economic situation we still have that love of local life and the kids have (and accept) that they might not have all that they want but they certainly have everything that they need.
We're still impressed with the current health system here especially as there have been some familial health issues to deal with of late. Albeit we are concerned over the recent talk of Sanidad reforms, but it's something that keeps us up to date with the news here.
Still enjoying life - yes it's a different pace and for those who have recently done the move or are thinking of it, still feeling that you need to let those old ideals go - and accept what it is here if you are able to make it.
But it's lovely to see how active this forum is still.