Quite a busy month in September 2017 with both my brother and my son and his wife visiting – see my previous video https://youtu.be/K0CxYm1K5Og
This is what happened in the rest of the month.
We were indoors watching tv one evening when a motorbike went by, followed by a bang. When we went outside, the motorbike was against a wall and had caught on fire. The rider was nowhere to be seen. It took the Bomberos (fire brigade) over 20 minutes to arrive which doesn’t bode well if we have a house fire. They do have to come from Corralejo though.
When I loaded this video it had a little more footage in the sports bar in El Cotillo, where the football was being shown. Within 10 minutes of uploading the video, La Liga (Spanish League) claimed copyright of the video. So I received a copyright infringement on the video. This means that any of the small amount I received when people watch the adverts would go to them. Bugger that! I re-edited the video and uploaded it again. Up yours La Liga!
Fuerteventura Vlog May 2017 – Sunsets, timelapses and birthday
It was another pretty quiet month here in Fuerteventura in May. Unusually there were some very pretty sunsets – unusual as the best sunsets are normally in the winter. We went out to meet friends a few times for drinks or to eat but otherwise didn’t do a great deal. The inevitable daily dog walks of course and a few swims in the pool.
I did two timelapses – one sitting outside the Seahorse bar in El Cotillo and the other of the Toston Tower El Cotillo.
Thanks for watching my diary of an expat video showing what is it like to live in Fuerteventura in May.
Fuerteventura Calima – Living in Fuerteventura is such a trial!
The wind has changed and is now blowing from the east. This means that we have a Calima which brings with it sand and dust (and heat) from the Sahara Desert (which is only 100 miles away). When this happens the temperatures rise quickly. The temperature has gone from the low to mid 20ºCs into the upper 30ºCs. Oh dear, how terrible.
We get a Calima in Fuerteventura quite a few times during the year. It is all just part of the weather in Fuerteventura that you get used to when living in the Canary Islands.
Do I get homesick? This time I talk about whether or not I get homesick living in the Canary Islands.
I can understand some people suffering from homesickness, of course. However, I cannot say it is something that effects me since retiring to Fuerteventura.
Firstly, it is largely a mindset. Fuerteventura is my home now and not the UK. If I always thought of the UK as home then suffering from homesickness living in Fuerteventura is perhaps inevitable.
These days there are lots of ways of dealing with homesickness that weren’t available 20 years or so ago. You can email, text, send videos, talk on the telephone or you can Skype (for nothing) and actually see the other person. Also, flights are relatively cheap these days so it is much easier to make visits home or for friends and family to visit you.
In some ways I feel envious of people who can feel homesick because they have an area of the UK that they consider home. I grew up on the outskirts of London, in Hayes. Since I was at school the entire area has changed beyond recognition due to mass immigration. This is mainly from the Indian sub-continent. Almost all of the friends I knew from school and all of my relatives have moved away. I have worked with numerous people who grew up in small provincial towns in the north of England. When they return to that town for a visit, even years after they left, they frequently bump into people they know. Mostly things haven’t changed so it does still feel like “home” to them. Unfortunately I will never feel like that. Anyone who believes that mass immigration into an area and the ridiculously named “diversity” are a good thing doesn’t come from an area affected by this.
Perhaps all of this is a good thing as it has made retirement to the Canary Islands an easier process.
Absolutely not! When we decided to retire to Fuerteventura, as far as I am concerned, luck had nothing whatsoever to do with it. Sue and I decided that we wanted to retire in Fuerteventura, so we worked towards that.
I always say that if it was down to luck, with my luck, I would be living somewhere awful and would certainly not be living in the Canary Islands.
Almost anyone can retire to Fuerteventura, or anywhere else, if they really want to. Whether you want to retire in Fuerteventura, elsewhere in the Canary Islands or in mainland Spain then go for it. Don’t put obstacles in the way that don’t really exist.
That is the cry we hear most often as a reason people say they can’t retire here. “I couldn’t be away from the grandchildren for long periods” or “What if my daughter was ill? Who would look after the grandchildren then?” Well you make your choice and live with it. If you choose to stay in the UK to be closer to family then that is your choice – luck has nothing to do with that either.
The couple we bought our house from loved their life here. They had children and grandchildren in the UK. One of their daughters then decided she wanted to go back to work rather than stay at home to look after the kids. She rang her parents who quickly agreed to sell up and move back to be unpaid child-minders so she could go back to work. To use the vernacular, WTF is that about? Stupid them in my opinion but perhaps they deserved it for raising such a selfish daughter in the first place!
What about Brexit?
This is obviously a new excuse people are using. No-one wants to commit to moving to Spain because they are afraid of what may happen. So they will wait yet another 2 years or more to make a decision, which means they are two years older so even less likely to make the move. Life is too short to sit around waiting for “what ifs“, in my opinion anyway. That way you never do anything. When the UK comes out of the EU then you may lose your right to live anywhere else in the EU. However, if you are already there, and legally residents, it is highly unlikely that you will be sent packing. So perhaps now is definitely the time to move to Spain, or wherever, before it is too late!