Ok, here we go. Its been coming for a long time and its appropriate that now the record gets put straight. This is a general over view of what you can expect when moving to a small village in Andalucia with a growing concentration of English ex-pats.
Unfortunatly some expats seem to be so bored that they start off their own rumour mill, not unusual I know, happens everywhere in fact not just here in Spain. The problem is that with such a concentration of expats (some of which you would have had absolutley nothing to do with in the UK) tongues start wagging and it is impossible to keep yourself to yourself. It is incredibly difficult for some people to understand why others dont want to sit in a British bar all day or attend the expat club every other weekend. Now thats fine if thats your thing but dont slate others for not wanting the same kind of lifestyle you do... After all we are in Spain and others would like to mix into the Spanish life to varying degrees - thats up to them.
One thing you can almost certainly expect is to hear totaly false information about yourself from someone else who heard it from whats his name. Again this is normal, human nature even but it makes you think when you yourself have not given any idication to anyone about the subject they are waffling on about. Some are tagged "anti English" because they dont want to attend every British barbeque that gets arranged, some are tagged "Brits in the sun" because if the UK was hotter they may not have moved to Spain. All of this is of course rubbish but is a healthy basis for scathing others with ridiculous and down right stupid opinions.
Some people are even leaving, coming from the coast to escape the "little England" culture they find themselves in an even more concentrated culture of back-stabbing and rumour. One such person recently said "I,m just sick to the back teeth of all the crap, you cant live your life without some idiot trying to rip it to peices" a pretty strong opinion. It is apparent that some people just cant help it and its a bit dissapointing considering that in the main most peoples motivation was to start again or improve their life by relocating to Spain, why try and tarnish that for others who are here for different reasons than your own? - what goes around....
Prehaps its time to settle down and respect the fact that some people want to live the Spanish life, or a bit of Spanish and English or whatever mixture they choose. It can be and is very dangerous which can be over looked by someone with a huge mouth until its too late.
Ignore it? well yes, probably the best thing to do. However in these small rural villages dont expect to live the idilic Spanish life without some expat mars bar talking about you behind your back. Stories and rumours dont dissolve over here like they do in the UK.
For the record/examples:
*My business is healthy and "I" am not selling horse sh*t instead. (you know who you are)
*I am not and have never claimed to a professional builder - the blog is a guide, you make your own mind up.
*I am not going back to the UK.
*I dont speak French
*My cave is mine and not my neighbours (yeah, many thanks for that one)
This post too close to the knuckle? give it 6 months....