My regular readers know that, in general, I do write very positively about our life here in Andalusia. We love the country and its people. There is so much to and to see do that after years we still explore new things around here. Does this mean that everything is how we would like it, that there is no room for improvement? No way, as this counts for every country that I ever travelled to; probably even more for those I never visited (as that might be the reason I never went there). However as this blog is about life and experiences here, there should be room for my frustrations of obviously not being able to think in the Andalusian way as well.
So here are my 10 shades of Spain:
- The way people threat their animals with extremes such bull fighting, having dozens of dogs on chains and under terrible conditions in the campo, putting their horses out in the blistering sun in summer without any shelter.
- Waste dumping on the side of the road, especially empty glass and plastic bottles, beer-cans and plastic bags; people seem to be unaware that it will be there forever.
- Customer services, only existing in words. In practice last year the maintenance of our coffee machines took 7 months, now we are waiting more than 3 months to optimize or internet system.
- In that same space: you cannot make appointments with people unless you force them to commit themselves to date and time. ‘I will pass by soon and fix it’ means ‘good luck’.
- The Spanish bureaucracy as I wrote here before and how everybody accepts it, when we recently wanted to inform the authorities that El Guarda is compliant with the rules regarding handicapped guests we were advised to no to do so in order ‘not to waken up the beast’.
- The fact that it seems difficult for people to speak at a normal level. We have been called regularly by a local restaurant not to send over guests that night as there would be a lot a Spanish people eating there, which would disturb our non-Spanish clients too much
- Starting building projects like the Ronda hospital, the road around Arriate, restauration of our local monastery with (often) EU funds and not finishing it due to lack of money – oops miscalculated – after which deterioration kick in.
- Siesta in a time where all shops and offices have air-conditioning. Sometimes I wonder if shopkeepers in Ronda don’t want to make any money (between 2 and 5) from tourist wo are there for the day only.
- The amount of paperwork (E-era?)that is needed for everything and the need for physical appearance to get something done (driving more than 100km v.v, to the nearest Policia National in our province).
- The fact that they beat the Dutch in the Worldcup football final in 2010.
Almost everything (may be except for the last one) give me a feeling that the Spaniards could easily replace the apes in the Wet Monkey Theory.