Snowbirds - The British Version.
March 2, 2016 3:55pm CST
In Florida they have their annual influx of 'snowbirds' - people escaping from the cold winters in the northern states. Spain is to the Brits what Florida is to the Americans. My husband and I are currently enjoying the delights of the Spanish Costa Blanca, along with a lot more of our countrymen . It seems like there are more Brits here than Spaniards! Ok, some of them seem to have left their inhibitions at home, and some are inappropriately dressed for their size and age, but hey, who cares? Everybody is here to have fun and enjoy the sunshine, no moaning and groaning. It's normal to see people enjoying each other's company, walking hand in hand. Even the elderly people do it, but whether they are doing it out of affection, or merely trying to hold each other up, I wouldn't know! We come for 2 separate months, (we were here in Nov), as we find that breaks up the winter better than taking the 2 months together. Our son looks after our property at home for us. People wonder how we can afford it, but there are some great deals to be had at this time of year. If we subtract the expenses that we would have incurred at home, (heating, electicity, gas, food etc) it becomes much more affordable. All food is included in the deal, so our only expenses are drinks and outings. So I'm contemplating no cooking, cleaning, shopping etc. for the next month - Yaay, what's not to like? Are you jealous? Photo is mine, taken in Spain.
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• United States
2 Mar 16
Oh did you have to rub that in @jaboUK ? Of course I am jealous and would love to be in your shoes right now!! But I know you've done your work, you've raised your kids, and now you've earned the right to do as you please!! I am glad you can travel like this and you can relax and enjoy yourselves! Next time just please pack us up in your suitcases !
2 Mar 16
@jaboUK I know a woman who continually cruises. She sold her house and based herself in Southampton, arguing that she meets a lot of people, has great good, has the attention of a good doctor, theres always entertainment and she has no housework to do. Between cruises she spends no longer than two nights in Southampton at the Premier Inn!
3 Mar 16
That is a beautiful picture. They look like date palms. Wonder if they were imported. I remember when I was in Las Vegas I saw these trees lined up along roads. I was told they were imported, fully grown. Your idea of 'getting away from it all' sounds good. We all must do this no matter how comfy we could be in our own environment. Imagine not to have a care in the world. Enjoy your experience in Spain but do keep in touch. I did not find you in my posts and now I know why.
• United Kingdom
3 Mar 16
@allknowing I'm not sure what kind of palms they are, or whether they are native or not. I might ask around. I'm sorry about not keeping up with your posts Grace, but my computer time is limited - too busy out and about enjoying myself However I have an hour now (just after lunch), so I'll be over to check you out, and a few others as well.
3 Mar 16
Well, though I don't really jealous, as now I really prefer to stay at home, I think it's a really fun and relaxing vacation. I have never experience that, as I am staying in a tropical country, we don't have cold weather to escape but only sunny days almost all the time. I always think it's nice to experience the life in the 4 seasoned country, experience the life of "snowbirds" sounds interesting too! Enjoy your lovely vacation without cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.