I must admit that I find how some people approach a forum difficult to understand. A poster on here talked about needing courage and needing to be brave to post, and now Expatliving, you say you have to bite your lip. I don't understand why. You may need to be brave and to have courage to leave your country and loved ones, but to ask a question on a forum? To type a few words about your experience?I don't see it.Hey Zippy:
Hold your head up and crack on. The people giving positive and negative advice are just trying to give you a 'warts and all' opinion of life around Spain.
It's quite strange how sometimes you have to bite your lip when you read some of the scare stories on here? As a city person, London, I can assure you that many of the negatives on here would be tripled by my own current experiences living in the worlds greatest city ...
Red tape, theft, dubious councils on the Costas? Like it doesn't happen here (UK) x10.
The main negatives in Spain are unemployment, red tape and widespread corruption.
My own opinion is that you have to keep a civil tongue in your head, but your opinion is your opinion and your experience, which is probably the most worthy thing to write about here, is your experience which no one can refute (although some will try ). You also have to/ should be prepared for the information that comes back not to be what you expected. To take advantage of this forum particularly I would say you have to be open minded, genuinely interested and ready to re formulate ideas that you maybe didn't even know that you had. For example, it took a long time for my family to accept the idea that we have snow where we are and there is usually at least one heavy snowfall each year. They couldn't get their heads around the fact that I live in Spain and it was cold. Well if someone tells you that it snows, has lived that, has had that experience then it's kind of annoying that people question this time and time again.
So, if you want information and are prepared for what comes back at you Come On Down!!!!!