Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business - Gandy-Draper. Born a "Norverner", she then spent most of her life "Dann Saff" before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle's loves are Alan, the internet, their three bouncing dogs, good food, and dry white wine - although not necessarily in that order. More about Elle - HERE | Got a news story to share? Click HERE | Want to write for Spain Buddy? Click HERE | Interested in our low cost advertising? Click HERE


  1. Julia Davies
    February 1, 2014 @ 12:49 pm

    Ha ha!! Love it Elle.

  2. Elle Draper
    February 1, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    Ha ha ha. So pleased you enjoyed it Julia x

  3. Paul
    February 1, 2014 @ 4:23 pm

    Although writen tongue in cheek, Elle, I get the feeling you have encountered this perfil more than once ?

  4. Elle Draper
    February 1, 2014 @ 4:29 pm

    Hi Paul – thanks for popping in. Yes… we have seen it many times. Wait until the next in the series… there are some corkers coming!
    I have just looked at your website – and so it will probably resonate with you too.
    Elle x

  5. Paul
    February 1, 2014 @ 5:01 pm

    Looking forward to it Elle. We are in a bit of a niche area but most expats with the need to earn their living from other expats are failing or going back home. I also fall into that category but fortunately have enough work at the moment. But we have had the business 8 years and the clave, hablamos espanol ;)

  6. Elle Draper
    February 1, 2014 @ 7:04 pm

    That’s great news (well, for you). Yeah, we’re the same… it doesn’t matter where we are in the world, as long as we have an internet connection. We build websites and obviously have some of our own (including this one) that pay the bills. Long may it continue eh!

  7. wanderingeducators
    February 3, 2014 @ 6:12 pm

    Funny!! I bet you’ve seen a lot of this…

  8. Elle Draper
    February 3, 2014 @ 6:29 pm

    Oh yes Jessie! More so via another of our sites http://www.lanzaroterelocation.co.uk but it’s certainly not uncommon x

  9. Jennifer
    February 4, 2014 @ 1:05 am

    :) Still smiling out here in California — funny, Elle!

  10. Elle Draper
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    Tee hee. Glad you liked it Jennifer! x

  11. Terry at Overnight New York
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:33 pm

    A hoot. Actually, this reads as a companion piece of sorts to your husband’s recent item on annoying expats.

  12. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:34 pm

    I couldn’t help but laugh and remember Joe Cawley’s first book! I think people who start businesses in Spain have to be in Spain. By the way, have any tips about becoming and SL? ;)

  13. Elle Draper
    February 5, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    It must be his influence on me, Terry ;) x

  14. Elle Draper
    February 5, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    Ha ha – yes! I loved both of Joe’s books.
    Yes – we do have some articles coming soon about setting up an SL. Handy eh? x

  15. Mary @Green Global travel
    February 12, 2014 @ 6:07 pm

    Too funny! Way to look on the positive side; another planeload of visitors are on the way. :) Love it.

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