MOBILE HOME IN SPAIN NEWSLETTER ARCHIVE JAN 2014
Jan 2014** Some of the content might not be relevant on the date of reading this**
Happy New Year: All the team at Costa Difference Ltd would like to wish everyone a very Happy New Year. 2014 looks like being a much better year if all the signs are right. The conditions in Spain are now perfect. The exchange rate is where it should be, the economy in Spain is on the way up, the cost of living is low and of course the sun will always be shining.
>>> The sun shines most of the year with only 20 days rain normally <<<
Se orita Blueberry: A lovely couple came on a three day two night inspection visit in December and tested Martin s knowledge of the facilities and lifestyle to the limit. Is it fresh? will stick in Martin s mind as much as you ain t seen nothing yet will stick in theirs.
The three days flew by and of course Martin enjoyed himself as much as they did. The biggest test however was the question can I buy blueberries here in Spain? asked on more than one occasion. A trip to the Sunday market in Alameda looking for blueberries proved fruitless although some very fresh grapes and apples were purchased. Next up was a visit to the hypermarket in Antequera. Martin by now was dreading the fact that perhaps once again his guest was not going to find the elusive blueberries, especially as he had said that the hypermarket sells practically everything as part of his lifestyle presentation.
What was the result of their visit to the hypermarket? A beaming face and raised arm with a hand clenching a tub of blueberries. Martin was then dreading the are they fresh question but this was all forgotten in the excitement, and her statement that followed was that Martin now had an answer to the blueberry question as well.
So, for newsletter readers who still think that the short visits we offer are all about hard sell and not much fun, please think again. The two of them loved their short time here and learnt a lot. When it came to saying goodbye at the airport however, the face beamed even more when Martin said have a safe journey back and Merry Christmas Se orita Blueberry .
>>> Both villages have street markets every week offering very fresh produce <<<
Lifestyle: Each month we try and give readers a little lifestyle information from pets to cars and a lot more besides. This month it is the all about how the parks change throughout the year. In December all the orange trees on the parks were completely full of fruit and everyone was talking about it. Winter and the trees looked fantastic. No one picks the fruit because that would crash a wonderful sight. The parks are a living community and the residents will always have something to admire. At the end of April the pools will once again take centre stage.
>>> A lot of residents use automatic watering systems for their plants <<<
Holiday anyone? : Christmas is over, winter is in full swing and flights will be cheap as it is out of season. So, why not take a look at our option three visit service and see if you can put together a short winter break taking advantage of the bargain prices. You will get to enjoy a holiday and at the same time you will get to see for yourself the lifestyle that you are reading about every month. All our visitors agree that we can not do the parks justice using the Internet only. It is only once you are walking around the parks that you then get to understand the full concept of being able to live in a different country and yet have nothing at all to worry about.
>>> It takes less than one hour to get to the parks from Malaga airport <<<
Spanish you will hear: Living in real Spain is one huge part of the retirement lifestyle (it is not all about park life) so why not let us help you in advance to understand a few words that the residents hear all the time when they venture into real Spain which as you already know begins as soon as they exit the park.
For this month the chosen words are sin and con . Sin means WITHOUT (without sin perhaps?) and Con means WITH (CONsent perhaps?). So a coffee without milk becomes Caf sin leche and a sparkling water becomes agua con gas . The two words you will hear all the time here in Spain and you will soon be using them once on the park and speaking Spanglish .
Why Spanglish? Just imagine yourself in a bar on one of the parks, you fancy a coffee without milk and you know the barman speaks fluent English. For sure you will say can I have a coffee please sin leche when it comes to ordering. All residents are fluent in Spanglish.
>>> The local villagers love it when the residents try and speak a few words of Spanish <<<
Finally: As each New Year begins more and more people see their retirement coming soon or reflect on how their retirement is going, and then start to think about doing something about it. This is where we as a team come in. We are all here to help in one form or another.
Answering your questions by e-mail we have Steve or Martin; talking things through over the telephone we have Derick (the pale one in the UK).
Showing you the parks and area whilst enjoying a holiday near Malaga will be primarily Martin & Mila. Showing you Park La Posada we have Sandie and showing you park La Vina we have Malcolm & Sue.
All of us are at your service and in 2014 we will be looking forward to helping a lot of people come and see the lifestyle first hand and with luck give them plenty to think about, perhaps something to look forward to as well.
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Costa Difference Ltd are sending Martin to Glasgow for the Place in the Sun Live show at the SEC Centre.
His role at the show is to represent residential parks and to pass on general retire to Spain information.
Show runs on the 28th and 29th of October