Annoying things in Spain, Humour, Spain

Why are housemates so weird?

I’ve lived with a lot of mental people over the years. When I travelled round the world teaching English there were three people who really stuck out as being slightly different from the norm.

Reminds me of my stay with Mamamaria. Photo of Quito by Guiallame Lavaure
Reminds me of my stay with Mamamaria.
Photo of Quito by Guiallame Lavaure

First was Mamamaria, mother of the family I stayed with in Quito, Ecuador. She was a lovely, kind, frail old lady. Her two daughters were in the flat, but her son worked in the South of Ecuador. I think she often saw me as his replacement, mainly because of how she was around me. She used to sit and watch me cook and eat my meals, would always stand at the top of the stairs in her pink dressing gown and wave me goodbye in the morning, and at night would check that I’d cleaned my teeth and washed behind my ears. Continue reading “Why are housemates so weird?”

Expat Focus blogs

Are you a life-long expat?

Sometimes I forget how beautiful Sevilla can be. Photo by Calvo Pastor
Sometimes I forget how beautiful Sevilla can be.
Photo by Calvo Pastor

Do you think you could be an expat for the rest of your life? Maybe you’ve already stepped too far over the line and haven’t realised it yet, but how do you know?

To find out some sure signs have a look at my latest blog on Expat Focus titled How you know when you’ve become a life-long expat. In this article I write about speaking a weird mixed nationality language, wondering where your home is, when the buzz disappears, and how routine sets in.

To have a look at some of my other articles for Expat Focus have a look at my columnist page.

Annoying things in Spain, Culture Shock

Is Spain the noisiest country on earth?

About two and a half hours ago I threw a jug of water on a woman’s head. What a hooligan you are, I hear some of you cry. You might be right. Maybe I am, but that’s what happens when I get woken up at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning by a group of three idiots chatting loudly below my window.

Now that's a great idea. Photo by BarleyFitz
Now that’s a great idea.
Photo by BarleyFitz

“Oi, some people are still trying to bloody sleep,” I shouted.

Perdona,” said the lad, who wasn’t the one talking so loud. But did that stop the woman ranting on about the guy who had just split up with her? (probably deservedly so) No, it didn’t. So I took the matter into my own hands, filled up a jug of cold water from the fridge, opened up the shutters on my balcony, and launched the water in the general direction of the woman.

I was expecting a shouting match, but, funnily enough, she just shut up and walked off. There wasn’t even a slight scream, which gave me a boost of confidence that I’d done the right thing, or maybe I’d missed her. Sometimes you have to put people in their place. Did she not realise how loud she was blurting on? Hopefully she won’t do it again. Continue reading “Is Spain the noisiest country on earth?”