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The 3 Things I Miss Most When Not In Spain

By Jo Green - Mon 16th Nov 2009

As much as there are many things that I love and Miss about the UK, whenever I return for a break to see my family and friends and do a bit of shopping, it doesn't take me long to start missing a few things about being back “Home” in Spain :

The Children - Difficult to explain – especially of you are not a parent! - I was back in the UK in August and every night all of the Toddlers (and under 5's) were sent to bed at 7pm sharp, regardless of whether Dad had got back from work and given them a kiss goodnight, regardless of whether they were tired or not. It was simply the done thing!- Whilst it may be good to keep the child in a routine it seemed a shame to send them out of the way before they could chill out with the rest of the family – be taken out to Parks and Bars or Restaurants or whatever.

It was also noticeable how few of the older children were playing in gardens and the streets (regardless of time and day) - where are they all? - At home watching TV or Playing Computer games?

Eating Out - Whenever we have visitors over from the UK we hear stories of how eating out in the UK “is so cheap now compared to Spain”. And when I was last in the UK I had to agree that it was. However, on reflection I would much rather have a 3 Course Home-Cooked Menu del Dia (Including Wine, Bread, Alioli and Coffee) for 8 Euros than I would have to suffer the indignity of a “2 Meals for a Fiver” In Wetherspoons, where I would be surprised if any component of the meal did not see a microwave oven.

Coffee - It seems to be the exception rather than the rule to find a half decent coffee house – and even then it is quite expensive. I called into a Patisserie with a friend for a Coffee and a Cake and could hear the Kettle boiling and the jar of Instant Coffee being rattled behind the kitchen divide. Needless to say the very sound almost set my teeth on edge – it is easy to get used to drinking a good standard of coffee and taking it for granted that it will be available in even the grottiest of Bars over here.

It's even acceptable to go out for a night on the town in Spain and drink nothing but Coffee and be served a good Cupful without receiving a disbelieving smirk from the Bar Staff.

Of course there's loads of stuff that I love about being in the UK and It's easy to complain about things – I just wondered if anyone else missed things about Spain when they were in the UK ?

Comment on this Blog

When back in Nottingham to visit family the thing I miss the most is the amazing fruit. We always have tons of fruit in our house in Granada and when I´m back in UK the couple of apples and bananas in the fruit bowl just doesnt cut it. Another thing I miss when away is the way the local barman knows exactly what coffee and toast you have and even have it half prepared as you ´re walking in the door. I nearly always know what the weather is doing here in Granada, I don´t have to watch the weather really to know what clothes to wear in the morning, It´s rare you get caught out. Apart from these three points I do love going to visit the UK, especially looking around Boots and the supermarket!
Molly Sp - Sun, 21st Aug 2011
3rd wet week in caravan in Angelsey ... Summer hols in the UK. What we miss about Spain ... How long have you got? Lol
Family In Spain - Sun, 21st Aug 2011
I too find I miss a lot of things on trips of a week or more back to blighty. I miss the greenery/ brownery of the landscape here which may seem odd to most but when compared the greenery in the UK I'm sure you'll understand. The grey hue of the sky give the UK countryside a very special bleak feel... The general friendliness of people walking down the street in the UK is non-existant compared to the 'Hola', 'Bon Dia' & 'Buenas Dias' I've become accustomed to here in Spain. There is a very real air of aggression that surround most people on a UK street and I believe a lot of that is a defensive response rather than true aggression towards me. Lastly, I become accustomed to the daily challenges which have made me growe as a person. Trying to conquer the language barrier, opening up to new people to make friends and the general fight to make a new life. These things have irreversibly changed my outlook and being and a visit to the UK makes me realise how far I've come.
Mal - Fri, 27th Nov 2009
1) Being able to Drink Beer in almost any establishment, and at anytime of the day without attracting too many stares. 2) Traffic. Ok, so I moan about Roads in Spain a lot, but anythings is better than being stuck in Stationary traffic on the M62 on a Friday Afternoon, 3) Being able to watch the Ladies Volleyball Team Practice on the Beach, with a Cerveza on a hot Sataurday afternoon.
Mr Grumpy - Tue, 17th Nov 2009

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