Living on this rock has his positive as well as its negative sides. Unfortunatly one of the negative aspects is that your own countrymen begrudge anything you have or achive and they dont. No, it is not just the Brits that are like that, its the Germans, the Norwegen,s as a matter of fact just any minority where they gather and sit on top of each other. Another thing that makes my blood boil is that they expect the locals to bend to their sense of morality and living. Yes it is anoying when you have animals and the fireworks frighten the living daylights out of them, and unfortunatly the Canarians love to celebrate with noise and it doesnt matter what time of day it is. But come on, did we realy emigrate to be then caught in the strict rules of “the cicilised world” that tell us how to live and what to do??? I think not.
Many have emigrated for the sun, the sea and the freedom to live life more relaxed. It seems thou that some people just can not live life without being told what and when to do it. Live and let live. Join in the fun or just return to where you feel safe and understood.
Another thing that makes me mad is the arrogance with which poeple expect the canarians to put up with their impudence. Would anyone dare to walk into a cafe in their home town ordering just a cup of hot water and then proceeding to make a cup of coffe by digging out a jar of instant out of their bag? I think not. I am always suprised how the waitresses keep a straight face. The coffe here on the island is realy delicious, and that someone actualy brings some instant muck is more than embarrasing. To top it all, the bill is then carefully checked to see that the hot water has not been chargd for. I must admit, i wished at that moment the earth would open up and swallow me. Guess who wont be meeting up for coffe again.
Living well away from the tourist hotspots has it´s advantages. We have peace and quiet here and can grow our own veg. Ok, it gets lonely up here sometimes, but you cant have everything. The weather is more european up here too, and whilst the south is bathed in the sunshine, we often have rain or clouds, and this summer seems to become a wash out as we are hit with lots of rain and low lying gray clouds. Thankfully i manage to get off the rock sometimes to be able to see the other side of life and why we are here and no longer there.
I think it is about time that i re-started my english blog, so here it goes.
Living on Gran Canaria has its ups and downs and we have lived through quite a lot of them. One of the negative things is that you are so far away from family and friends. With our son living in Todmorden and us here it is quite difficult at times to lend a helping hand when it is needed althou we do try our hardest. I have spent a lot of time the last few years flying back and forth to England to look after the kids during holidays and trying to be there birthdays and christmas. Yes i have enjoyed it as i do miss the little buggers when i dont see them, but after a few weeks of constant Nana here Nana there im always glad to get back home to the peace and quiet and of course the warm weather.
I have made some very dear friends in Todmorden, and now that our son has got married and is moving, i will miss the daily catch ups with Stacey and Karen when i am in england. These two ladies are amazing. Always ready to lend a helping hand and a shoulder to cry on if needed. Yes i will go to see them when im over, but……….. its not the same as living next door.