By Matthew Roscoe • 09 October 2020 • 16:03
Brits in Spain could be set to have their expat bubble burst, if Brexit and Covid-19 has anything to do with it. Is it time to embrace being “Spanish”?
EXPATS may have to start embracing their life in Spain with Covid-19 lockdowns, restrictions and worries, and the proposed Brexit deal, meaning they could be in the wonderful country for a while.
Is this the perfect time for Brits to really become “Spanish” and fully immerse themselves in the lifestyle and culture?
December 31 looks likely to be the date where ties are finally severed with Great Britain and could eventually mean that without the “safety net” of easy return, many people may find themselves forced to acknowledge their lives under the sunshine of the Spanish skies.
With many expats looking into the possibility of gaining residency here in Spain, it appears that for some, the thought of making their lives in Spain is a realistic possibility and exiting prospect.
Will expats in Spain finally learn the language?
Covid-19 has meant many have been unable to leave the country, or not wanting to, perhaps providing a perfect opportunity for people to really be a part of the country in which they live.
Only time will tell but it does appear that expats could be at a possible crossroads.
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Was this piece written by the editor’s 10 year old daughter to fill in several column inches ? I have lived in Spain for several years now and fully embraced the life here. All my expat friends from many European countries have done likewise. If we choose to live in any country, why would we not accept all the laws and customs that entails? We do all realise that Covid-19 affects the whole world and anyone with half a brain would accept the local rules of lockdowns etc. that that entails. Why would expats be classed as “different” from the local population? As a (very) senior citizen I have tried hard to learn the language. I can “get by” but am not fluent, it should be a priority for any newcomers to the country, it makes integration that much easier. I will be staying here after 1st January 2021, (If the GOOD LORD agrees to it !).
My first visit to Spain in 1978 started the love affair with this wonderful country. By 1999 I had bought my first property, and 2004 saw me leave the ex-pat title, become tax resident and therefore an immigrant. An on-going struggle with the language is affected by Spanish youth quickly and excellently learning English and keen to practice especially in situations where Brits frequent. Strangely the effect of a mask gives me a weird confidence to communicate in basic Spanish- improving all the time. Try it out! I think many of us embraced Spain a long time ago – hopefully responses to the article confirm the strong support for moving to and living in Spain.
Learn the language? You’re having a laugh! As long as the majority of them can ask for a beer…then another and another…thats all they need. Cackling overweight drunks watching – Sky telly and filling their belly.
So many neandethal Brits crawling round Spain in a boozy haze – who dont half give us a bad name. My Spanish friends refer to the brit bars as ghettos. Says it all really.
God help us
I got locked down earlier this year. I must say that I had a great time in Spain during that period A fantastic country. Great people!
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