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As summer draws to a close we all tend to heave a huge sigh of relief at the thought of lower temperatures and children back in school. For many of us though, it is also a sad time as our guests and visitors return from where they came from, families are parted, tears are shed . . . And then we can all get back to normal! Benamargosa, like so many other tourist destinations, seems to come alive during the summer months. The council estimates that the population may as much as double during July and August with many visitors from Madrid and Barcelona, and of course the UK and northern European countries. The holiday atmosphere in this quiet agricultural village gives an almost resort type feel to the place and for those of us who are resident the diversion is mostly welcome with late nights and lazy afternoons making a pleasant change. However, for some visitors, whose lack of understanding into local customs and way of life leads them to become irritated with our Spanish hosts, it can be a frustrating time, which often leads to unnecessary disappointment. Many years ago I remember meeting a British family who had bought an old ruin in the campo and demolished it to rebuild, only to be approached one day by an old man who demanded that his shed be returned to him! The family did in fact own the ruin but not all of it. Under hereditary laws one corner of it had been left to a different son and he was quite within his rights; his shed was subsequently re-built! In any higgledy piggledy Andalucian village this is a common occurrence and the charming old houses which were on the market so cheaply five to ten years ago are mostly far from square and more often than not just a part of the former family home. It is important to remember that when these houses were originally divided, usually to be left

equally between offspring but also to provide a little privacy for newly weds with growing families, nobody could have imagined that in the future, parts of this original family home would be sold on to eager foreigners. Surveys were all but unheard of, estate agents did not suggest checking water courses or drains and nobody thought to see how thick the dividing walls were! Lack of communication is of course a big problem, but for people in full time employment holidaying here just a few weeks of the year, it is hardly likely that learning a second language will be a priority. For those looking for peaceful retirement full time study is often not an option, which leaves it up to the residents with the lingo to help out; whether it is explaining foreigner's customs to the Spanish neighbours or vice versa. We can all do our bit. Having been here so long I have felt more than qualified to help out over the years and I have been happy to supplement my income by doing people's paperwork during the last four years whist getting LA VAQUERIA off the ground. But as the centre gets busier it is becoming increasingly difficult to juggle the two jobs, so if you do have a problem from now on, please continue to drop into the shop for advice and we will be happy to point you in the right direction should you need further assistance. For those of you who like a chat, we always look forward to your visit and as with every other month many thanks to all of the new visitors who have taken the trouble to find us. I am hoping that everybody will drop in for our coffee morning on Friday September 25th when we will toast our absent friends and family, enjoy the peace and tranquillity without the children and eat plenty of cake! See you soon... See main advert on pages 72 & 73

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Sentinella Axarquia September 09  

The little mag that fits in your bag for info on the go

Sentinella Axarquia September 09  

The little mag that fits in your bag for info on the go

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