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And still they come

After over 20 years in a Spanish community the size of ours (in the winter) you’d think you’d know all the Brits. But no, even in the middle of January it’s rare for us to sit down for a coffee anywhere without hearing English spoken nearby, and almost invariably we’ve never seen that person before in our lives. There was a period, 2009 – 2010 when the exodus seemed to be reversing, with the euro-sterling conversion being pretty brutal, but my gut feeling is that it’s back in place. Maybe the long-term German, Belgian and French residents are saying the same; dunno for sure, but I will be keeping my ears open for a while.

Anyone who has come over here for a ‘better life’ or is even thinking about it, should be wary. My economic barometer is simple; I sit outside Cafe Navili and I count the construction cranes on the horizon. A few years ago, it peaked at fourteen. Last week, I could only see one small, sad, and solitary cross-beam, and it wasn’t  doing anything.

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