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Expat Interview Oct No 1. Alan Gandy

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A few weeks ago we featured Elle in the expat hotseat. This week it is the turn of other half of the team – Alan Gandy. Enjoy!

Expat Interview - Alan GandyWhen did you move to Spain, and where from?
September 2006 from Portsmouth to Lanzarote.

Who came with you?
Elle – we’ve since accumulated three dogs and one of my boys (Sam) was with us in Lanzarote for a couple of years.

Where in Spain do you live now?
In a cortijo on the side of a valley in Almeria

Do you work? As what?
I wear a lot of hats!

How are you with speaking Spanish?
Terrible, and I’m thoroughly ashamed after so long! We work from home; we have mostly British clients; our Spanish clients without exception speak English and come to us to reach the English speaking market. On top of that it was all to easy to get by with Spanglish in Lanzarote being a tourist resort. I’m improving, slowly! I need to throw myself into the deep end to improve further.

If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
Just one?

As Elle said when she ‘interviewed’ herself – mostly expats. Not all of course but, like back in the UK, a fair percentage of people are not all that pleasant. I despise the little England mentality, and those who still seem to believe the British Empire stretches any further than the channel! Racism here, as in the UK is rife, I hate it and have no time for it in my life.

Also, back in Lanzarote I had about as much time for Spanish politics as if I lived in the Outer Hebrides. It just wasn’t relevant. I’ve shown more of an interest since being here and I’m horrified by the blatant corruption and the constant shifts towards the right!

What is the best thing about living in Spain?
Lifestyle, lifestyle, lifestyle…. I haven’t had a heart attack! I was heading that way before we moved out, long hours, stress, thousands of miles up and down the motorways.

I genuinely believe that the change of pace, eating (mostly) fresh produce, and making the time to do things like walk the Canary Islands, which I did last year, have added years to my life.

What is your favourite Spanish dish?
McDonald’s! Yes, really. One or two a year (because they are not on every street corner outside the cities)!

On the whole, I’m not a fan of Spanish food (http://www.spainbuddy.com/i-dont-like-spanish-food/)

I like many of the seafood dishes, but absolutely can not abide chorizo!

What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
Mostly Brits (must get that language thing sorted) – with a mix of Spanish and other Europeans.

If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are?
Probably not. It’s a big world out there. I’ll see where I wind up after the divorce settlement that results from my telling Elle that I can now afford a younger (post 1980) model. I’ve always told her I wanted a Ferarri if we won the lottery – that’s a euphemism :)

(I’m in so much trouble now!)

If a movie was made about your life – who would play you?
I’d like to lay claim to Daniel Craig, but it would be more likely be Ray Winstone.

If you had to describe yourself as a sandwich filling… what would you be?
I can honestly say, I have never imagined myself as a sandwich!

A Big Mac maybe? ;)

Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course). Go for your life!

Many of you will know that I am the co owner of this website. But I also work with Elle on a number of other projects such as our Web Design and Marketing business, Canary Nightlife which is all about places to eat and drink in the Canary Islands, Pet Friendly Breaks with free advertising for pet friendly vacation rentals, Buy Your Holiday which offers free advertising for owners of vacation property… and more…

I have my own blog where Elle can’t interfere – www.alangandy.com

I also provide consultancy. Like I said before… I wear a lot of hats.

Want to be featured on this website?

If you would like to get involved and be featured on the website… we would love to hear from you! The only criteria is that you are a non-Spanish national and that you either live in Spain… or have a very strong connection to it. You must also have a good photograph (your head and shoulders) You can submit your own answers via the following link: www.spainbuddy.com/interview.
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