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Hello all,

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.

Tallulah :) xx
 

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Welcome back, although you never really left. My OH and son, Josh, are all doping fine, and as anticipated we find ourselves doing things we never expected. I started teaching English to Spanish kids and adults and now I am teaching English to English kids and maths to English kids and possibly English drama to senior Spanish students at a high school in a local village and maybe English pornunciation to Spanish English teachers. And we have suddenly found ourselves possible doing house maintenance, turnovers and rental control as of next year. We came here to enjoy a quieter life than UK and we are busier than we ever have been. So much so that I now find far less time to visit the forum and post. Ahhh well. We ain't complaining.
 

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Hello all,

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.

Tallulah :) xx
Hi,
Just wondering about what you say here as the news this week is that there are more under 25's UNemployed in Spain than employed. Is the situation in the UK comparable to this?
Más de la mitad de los jóvenes españoles está sin trabajo - Público.es
I'm pretty sure that my life style is better than my Brit counterparts, but I'm also pretty sure that things are not going to be the same for my daughter.
 

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I have two daughters in UK, one of whom is in a dead end council job (but it is a job) and the other hasn't been able to find any work for nearly 2 years. Most of her friends are in the same position. She is 23 and lives south of London. She says the situation there is terrible. She will come to visit us for a month in July assuming she hasn't got a job, just to relax and forget about the stress of life in England right now. And it's been the wettest April for over 100 years and she hates the rain. We had a couple of days of rain down here and now the mountains are adorned with loads of snow :)
 

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Welcome back, although you never really left. My OH and son, Josh, are all doping fine, and as anticipated we find ourselves doing things we never expected. I started teaching English to Spanish kids and adults and now I am teaching English to English kids and maths to English kids and possibly English drama to senior Spanish students at a high school in a local village and maybe English pornunciation to Spanish English teachers. And we have suddenly found ourselves possible doing house maintenance, turnovers and rental control as of next year. We came here to enjoy a quieter life than UK and we are busier than we ever have been. So much so that I now find far less time to visit the forum and post. Ahhh well. We ain't complaining.
You certainly live a life of debauchery don't you:)
 

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Welcome back Tallulah!

Nice to see you back on here. Me and OH are leaving Spain at the end of the month and are really looking forward to be back in the UK - after three years in Spain I personally had enough (as we have always said the grass is not always greener on the other side) ;)

We are keeping the house in Spain and maybe in some years will be back - for a holiday or longterm - time will tell. I am sure I will keep an eye on this forum though :eyebrows:
 

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Since we lived here we've known (personally or through a friend) 18 people (couples and singles) who have returned to the UK. 12 of them were back in Spain within six months, three of them are making plans to return to Spain, one couple have gone to the Florida Keys and the other two are happy in UK. Good luck Seb, hope all goes well for you.
 

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well, well well - how lovely to "see" you again!!!! Missed your sensible (!!???) comments and imput. Glad all is well with you. i'm back in our godforsaken motherland for the time being altho I do flit over from time to time and we're planning to be back when we've sold our UK house - that could be a long time then!!

now you just stay and keep on posting lol!! If for no other reason than it makes "Doggy" above this post so excited lol!!!

Jo xxx
 

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Hi,
Just wondering about what you say here as the news this week is that there are more under 25's UNemployed in Spain than employed. Is the situation in the UK comparable to this?
Más de la mitad de los jóvenes españoles está sin trabajo - Público.es
I'm pretty sure that my life style is better than my Brit counterparts, but I'm also pretty sure that things are not going to be the same for my daughter.
Absolutely PW, it is incredibly worrying when thinking of their future (or lack of it here). Just grateful they are the ages they are now and not out looking for work for some years yet. At the moment the twins are choosing their optativas for the 4th year of ESO and are already panicking about what they want to concentrate on when they get to the Instituto. Funnily enough, the ordinadora who talks to them about careers is trying to steer students on the FP Grado Superior path rather than university (I'm in favour of vocational qualifications too) as there are so many comments of university students coming out and just ending up on the Paro. To be honest, even at such a young age, the children and some of their friends are commenting (and have been for some time) that with their language abilities, they can see a future outside of Spain for themselves....and indeed that might colour their future options in order to have that alternative.
 

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My lad is just 2 years old so with a bit of luck things might just have changed a bit when he is thinking about worthwhile employment. Of course, he could always take over the running of his dad's business. A professional layabout. Not really. Well, maybe a bit although I am far busier working here than I ever was back in Blighty.
 

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The other night he woke up at around 4 am and said, I want to go outside and see the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. Remember, he is just a terrible two.... I can't think where he gets all this stuff from. Certainly not me with a degree in astrophysics...
 

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The other night he woke up at around 4 am and said, I want to go outside and see the Moon, Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Saturn. Remember, he is just a terrible two....
That's odd. According to Freud, at this stage he should be taking an interest in Uranus. Or his.
 

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That's odd. According to Freud, at this stage he should be taking an interest in Uranus. Or his.

this is something that defies comment unless you're a txt spkr ho wrks for perparartion H


don't ask...even I don't know waht I mean:confused2:
 
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