Extract from ‘The Olive Press’… http://www.theolivepress.es/)
“EXPATS have every right to feel smug after Spain came second in a European quality of life index.
The uSwitch survey – which took into account living costs, spending on health and education, work/life balance and days of sunshine – left the UK firmly at the bottom of the list.
The index concluded that the Spanish can expect to live a year longer than those in the UK, have more days off (the highest number in Europe) and enjoy cheaper booze.
However it was not all bad news for Blighty, which enjoys a higher average wage and greater investment in education than Spain.
France topped the index, with the Netherlands third.”
my own thoughts…
- I agree that Spain has a much higher quality of life than Britain.
- The UK may invest more in education but that’s because they pay school teachers too big a salary and in my experience (I was a supply teacher for 3 months before moving to Spain) many English schools are run by incompetent teaching staff.
- France is a beautiful country but I wouldn’t want to live there – too many French people.
- Holland? it must be difficult cycling in clogs!
Tourists are easiest to spot in winter – especially the North European variety. Whilst we expats, who have acclimatised ourselves to warmer climes, don our cardigans and warm trousers, the tourists from northern areas of the continent wear shorts.
The Germans tend to garb themselves in matching ‘his and hers’ calf-length shorts with lots of pockets. The British opt for both the shorts and shirts of their local football team or, if they are really sad, Manchester United colours even if they hail from Plymouth or Newcastle! Sometimes, three generations of the family will wear the same team colours which looks really stupid on grandad who needs an XXL sized top to cover his enormous beer-gut! I’ve even seen a whole family, including mother and daughter, sporting replica shirts! Then there are the really fashion conscious who wear socks and sandals with their too short shorts!
The Spanish tourists in winter are usually retired folk from Northern Spain. They are easily spotted – usually in groups of four – two male and two female. They are usually about five feet tall and walk four abreast at about two hundred metres per hour. It is difficult to overtake them however unless you are brave enough to step in the road and risk being catapulted into the air (see blog post on Driving).
In summer it is more difficult to distinguish tourists from residents. However we always know when Spanish tourists are staying nearby – they are the ones who are making a racket at 4-o’clock in the morning and stopping the rest of us from sleeping!