Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

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Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby olive » Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:01 pm

We were talking about the things that have changed since we moved here permanently 8 years ago.

Things like:

Very few Motorbikes and scooters anymore.
Armco now erected on country roads blocking off the view!
Improved local hospital facilities
Local town amenities, roads and parks vastly upgraded.

What have you noticed?

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby fincalospinos » Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:25 pm

Improved rural roads
Nice seating/viewing/picnic areas established
Roundabouts nicely landscaped and kept
More speed humps
Cleaner beaches
Reduced litter, and more litter cleaners
Bars quieter
Hardworking resident !!

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby quebin » Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:32 pm

Less Brits. :lol:

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby Campo Steve » Fri Jul 13, 2012 9:35 pm

fincalospinos wrote: Roundabouts nicely landscaped
Now we just need the Spanish to learn how to use them!
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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby anyroads » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:17 pm

"Bars quieter"

LOL, well yes and no.

My wife and I dropped down to our "local" for a quiet drink in June. There were two couples sitting at the same table, the only other people in the bar.

We could believe the amount of noise they generated, we had to go outside after a few minutes for some peace and quiet !

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby annfoto » Fri Jul 13, 2012 11:38 pm

fincalospinos wrote: Roundabouts nicely landscaped and kept
Alhaurin de la Torre have loads of brilliant roundabouts with sculptures, water features etc.
Well worth a drive through the town just to see the roundabouts (lots of them all brilliant) :thumbup:
There used to be 4 houses visible to us on the other side of the valley now there is 44 :thumbdown:
The road to Marbella is a bit less scarey :thumbup:
The price of butano has more than doubled :thumbdown:
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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby fincalospinos » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:46 am

annfoto wrote:
fincalospinos wrote: Roundabouts nicely landscaped and kept
:thumbup:
There used to be 4 houses visible to us on the other side of the valley now there is 44 :thumbdown:
:thumbdown:
Have you been to Specsavers :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:
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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby Nimrod » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:53 am

The Spanish are grumpier .

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby Mowser » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:28 pm

Smoking ban .....
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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby country boy » Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:58 pm

No longer have to go to the coast for a decent Supermarket!

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby katy » Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:07 pm

Car boot sales and Farmers (sic) markets!

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby ValL » Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:57 am

My life style for the better, my enjoyment of the outdoors, much more time spent outside. Some prices risen, more road works, new roundabouts and flaming speed humps, they do my injured neck in. Much less falling apart scoots, more proper motor bikes ( I do miss a run out )

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby AdamDavies » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:16 am

quebin wrote:Less Brits. :lol:
:lol: haha good one. I imagine the Spanish economy going down the gurgler, the next 12 months will bring forward huge, negative changes to Spain. :(

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby mhic » Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:33 am

Wife has put on a lot of weight, eat's less smokes and drinks more watches a lot more rubbish on tv has more headaches backaches and indigestion at bed time. Fewer moaning negative English. On the plus side my wife still calls me Mr Perfect so I can't have changed.

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby Julie » Sun Jul 15, 2012 12:19 pm

I learned to speak Spanish, now Spain a different place altogether for me , not sure if that is better or
worse :lol:

The many new roundabouts are the thing that come to mind as a recent addition, they are really big and everywhere :thumbup:
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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby katy » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:09 pm

I think the roundabouts were Mayors follies when the Ayuntamientos were awash with money. First one I remember was in Torremolinos and it was a typical sardine fishing boat surrounded by plants. It looked good and very apt. Then came the naff ones. Benalmádena and Fuengirola were the worst. Huge things with half a horse, one like a sail with something like a hundred windmills on it. Spain was better without roundabouts, they don't know how to use them correctly anyway :lol:

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby Nimrod » Sun Jul 15, 2012 1:17 pm

If they can't master indicators, left to go left, right to go right, what chance do they stand with roundabouts.

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby anis » Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:39 pm

..not so many electric power cuts every time it rains, less water supply failures, no scooter riders without helmets, less British bars as well as customers.

(Anna - there is another new roundabout going up in Alhaurin de la Torre - always fascinated to see what the next one will be -some works of art . These are quite different to some of the usual commercial rubbish roundabouts you see at seaside resorts. Different aspiring local artist and sculptors I believe, maybe wrong, usually am.
I have seen them featured internationally in some geek collecting site, they really are worth a visit.
One of the ones I like is the newer orange tiled pyramid but one of the earliest was the dandelion water clock, which is still my most favourite of all and to my knowledge, they have managed to keep that water feature going for over 12 years on and off, which is a huge achievement for municipal garden workers anywhere in the world.
Our mayor has always done his best to put money back into the town and since I have lived here, he has completely changed the face of the main road , it is very beautiful and a place he can be proud of, rivals anywhere along the coast. Perhaps I am naive....but he still is in office after all these years. )

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby country boy » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:23 pm

ADLT is one of the very few authorities in Andalucia that actually owes NO money!! Well done your Mayor!

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Re: Things that have changed since you lived in Spain

Postby Mowser » Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:30 pm

Things that have changed since you lived in Spain
The clocks - twice a year.

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