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Speaking of Brits Abroad …. .

Over my eight years here in the north-west corner of Spain (what I like to refer to as the outback), I have taught English to well over sixty Spanish students of my native language. Believe me when I say that, not only did their levels of English improve but I learnt soooo much from them, as well.

One topic I always liked to touch upon was the Spaniard’s impression of English tourists in the sunny parts of Spain. The answer I always got was that there are easily identifiable from the ‘lobster’ colour but also, alas, that they are always rowdy and drunk.

I hope that I educated many of those students about why they might have a very false impression of Brits.

When English people come to Spain, they are buying the sun. Not the hotel. The sun. As they get off the plane, their first question is ‘how hot is it?’ If it’s hot, they know that they are going to have a good holiday. If it isn’t hot, they already believe that they have wasted a lot of money.

Though it does happen, hot weather is a rare event in England. As such, we Brits don’t necessarily know how to handle the sun. This year, however, England experienced heat of over 30 degrees centigrade. Roads were melting and more people were heading for accident and emergency departments, with symptoms they probably didn’t realise related to sunstroke.

On returning from a holiday in Spain, prove of a good time is that suntan. If you haven’t got a suntan, colleagues and friends will doubt that a good time was had.

If the sun is shining, Brits relax. Maybe they never get the chance to relax in England, as you can guarantee that if the sun was shining in England, you were too busy committed to some responsibility to grab the moment. When relaxing, it’s nice to have a drink. And another. I can hear them all now, sitting outside at maybe 11.30 p.m. or even after midnight.

“Eeh, isn’t this fantastic? It’s half past eleven at night and it’s still warm. You don’t get this in England, do you?”

And so, as you’re relaxing and you’re in good company, you have another drink.

I’ve been there, done it and worn the tee-shirt …. . And, with the instant heat, I managed to be unable to enjoy supper that first night, as I was too hung over from those ‘no need to measure’ tots of whiskey.

That’s having a good time. You don’t have to get up for work in the morning. You don’t have to drive anywhere. The kids are amused, without you having to put extra effort into it.

Then it’s back o England and hard work, all in the name of making ends meet and, if you’re really lucky, being able to save enough money to have a holiday again next year.

I rest my case.

Hmm …. . I’ve lived here almost eight years now and have, at last, got out of the habit of carrying an umbrella every time I go out …. .

I’ve Cracked It (and I’m not talking about the bottle …)!


I’ve been reading a book about alcoholism.  Not that I needed to.  After all, Hubby and I only drink one bottle of wine a night, so that’s two glasses each.  And it is red wine.  And, as we all know, red wine in small measures is good for your health.  Or so they say … .

 Anyway, after reading the book, I decided not to drink again.  After six weeks, I still haven’t had a drink of wine but am now drinking Greip, a grape juice with no added nasties.  The strange this is that, when I pour the red juice into that lovely (might I add, plastic) stem glass, the drink feels just the same to me  We went to a bar and he served the juice in a half-pint glass and it did nothing for me, so I asked him to change the glass and mmmmm….. .  .  I’ve worked out that it is the elegance of holding that sexy little glass between finger and thumb, rather than its content, that makes me feel satisfied. 

Last week, I had a whisky and lemonade.  Oh, what a treat and I didn’t need to follow it up with another.  So it seems that red wine will now only be a treat, maybe when we’re out in company, or maybe not even then.  Grape juice in a stem glass is the future. 

Still, I’ll keep the tea in a mug ……… .  That’s my number one drink and, somehow, I don’t think it will be the same if swigged from a stemmed glass.


Try a Mojito – the Most Exciting of Alcoholic Drinks!

Have you ever heard of the a popular cocktail drink called a mojito?  It started its life in Cuba and it is now very popular in Spain.

This drink contains fresh mint leaves and, as luck would have it, we went to Ourense (a nearby town) one and there just happened to be a guy selling cocktails at a fair and there in the glass were the starting ingredients:-

  • About ten mint leaves.
  • A little lime (or lemon) juice.
  • A good spoonful of cane sugar.

These three ingredients were then mixed together, to bruise the leaves.

He then filled the glass with ice and added a good helping of Bacardi rum, topping it up with soda water.


Try it – you won’t be disappointed …… unless, of course, you don’t like Bacardi but you can use ordinary rum as well and it will probably go well with other spirits like gin or vodka.  To get it right, the mint leaves really are important, as that is the flavour that makes you go ‘aah’!

Enjoy it!