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"You are English, right?" the man whispered.
"Erm, yes. This is Lorna and I am Alan. How can we help you?"
"Hello, I am George." He shook our hands. "I would like to practice my English with you."
... to future best friends Ricardo and Rita. They are an English couple from the very same town in England. And while Alan and Lorna, and Ricardo and Rita never met there, even though they lived in close proximity of each other, they get to meet in a supermarket in Spain. Their common English language and accent bring them together.
Alan Parks does a fine job introducing life in Spain to the readers: The opening of a new bar, the author's wife Lorna establishing her Zumba classes, people having a hard time to understand how solar cells work, and what happens when the neighbor's wife sunbathes completely in the nude, thereby attracting more than one interested spectator.
However, my favorite story was "Gol, Gol, Gooooool". Since I live in the United States where soccer does not enjoy a devoted following like in Hispanic countries, I can never explain to Americans why this sport is so beloved in other cultures. Alan Parks recreates the passionate excitement superbly.
Highly recommended to all travelers, especially the ones who plan to visit Europe or even Spain itself.
Gisela Hausmann, author & blogger
I bought this book in both Kindle edition (easier for me to read) and in the soft cover because the cover art deserves attention in and of itself. We always hear you can't tall a book by its cover and to some extent that is correct but in another way, when chosen carefully, as this one was, you can tell a lot. You can see by the cover that there is going to be whimsey and love under the front cover. You can see that the roads are not all paved and smooth and that obstacles still get in the way but most of all you can see that there is going to be fun and fun there is.
By the writing of this book Alan and Lorna have truly left the UK and established a new life at The Olive Mill in southern Spain. They obviously love animals and can't stand to see any neglected or in distress....the fact that they have to drive over non existent roads to collect the vet to bring him to their house to treat the animals never seems to create tension or anger.
They made their move at a very inopportune time in the life of most people. At a time when we were all having to batten down the hatches to endure a lengthy and painful financial recession they embarked on a new home, a new language and a whole new life involving alpacas, dogs, chickens and some awesome feral cats.
You will get to know more about their neighbors and the things they have had to do in order to keep their new life afloat all the time knowing in the back of your mind that despite the hardships they are going to make it. Be it the love and compassion that reaches out...the ability to find humor in the antics of man and beast alike or just plain "stick to it ive ness"......any way you look at it it is a delightful book leaving the reader wanting not only to want more but also scrambling with your own finances to see if you could afford a brief visit to this place they call home.
PS Alan I love the insights of your animals very much
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