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  • Learn the language, Immerse, persevere and endure since within a country/s language lie also its culture, humour and history
  • Patience is a virtue. One expat told me the village Barista only greeted her by name after 11 years. Still, after that there is a good chance she would sacrifice a kidney for you. The manana mantle is only misleading in the way it suggests something will actually happen as soon as tomorrow.
  • Opening with ” So, what do you do ” is best avoided. Many expats wish to keep their pasts hidden, at best you may get a vague reply about ” bird-watching “. Tax is also taboo for simular reasons.
  • Any domestic employee should be at least 15 years older than you and your spouse, ideally with a few hygiene issues thrown in to avoid undue marital stress. Repeat after me , Thy shalt not covet thy gardener.
  • In a country where wine is cheaper than water, it may be advisable to curfew ” wine o’clock ” to past 6 o’clock-pm.
  • embrace the new. If your husband wants to try his hand as a flamenco dancer with slicked back hair and a rose between teeth, then support him.
  • When lauding the benefits of the mediterranean diat, nutritionists probably did not have deep-fat-fried calamari, chorizo and lashing aioli in mind.
  • We may live in the land of sun, but the cost of anti-wrinkle creams and botox is high, so wear sunscreen.
  • The aformentioned manana culture has one notable exception-driving. On the roads, the manana culture rules-so get as sturdy a car as your budget will allow and regularly check your brakes.
  • Finally, the most frequent advice is that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days. So limit visitors or you will soon be running a veritable hotel service

By following these simple rules you should soon be a bonafide expat, able to negotiate even the most intimidating civil servant at the local townhouse.

You and the Law in Spain

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