A week or so ago I was chatting to the brother of mine who lives In the united kingdom and after my groans about the stagnant feel of the tourist market at the slowness and the moment of work, he said: Oh well, the world Cup starts soon so at least that’s something to look forward to, as spoken about on the Tenerife Forum
Except that it wasn’t. Well, it wasand it was not, because although I love the World Cup and would gladly watch every single game (in the unlikely event that deadlines permitted), Spain is among the couple of countries in the world that is not actually airing all of the games on free-to-view Tv.
But the World Cup is all about embracing nations in the love of the beautiful game! For God’s sake, Andy, get out of Spain and get back to Britain where you are able to at least watch the footie! said my bro’. I laughed and clarified that the list of reasons in the for living in Tenerife column far outweighed the ones in the against living in Tenerife column, but a seed had been planted.
Only showing one live game one day and concentrating on Spain performances is indicative of a country that exhibits astounding levels of insularity. Hamstrung by outdated monopolies and an autocratic business culture, Spain has a great aversion to looking outside itself for anything, and best practice’ and benchmarking’ are not just conspicuous by their absence? they are an anathema to Spain. When the remainder of the world saw the financial crisis looming and took damage limitation measures, Spain carried on with business as usual which is exactly why it is now facing financial melt-down. I might go on
A few days later Jack and I walked the Chinyero Volcano route for a new walking guide we are preparing and within 5 minutes of setting off I had mentally registered some number of things I loved about Tenerife. The smell of the pine forest; the fact that i can see the sea from almost everywhere on the island; the unrestricted capacity to walk wherever I wanted; La Gomera and La Palma on the horizon
Some time ago, when we first set up Tenerife Magazine, Joe Cawley wrote a quick piece entitled ten things I hate about living in Tenerife and clearly it rung a bell with lots of folks who added their personal pet hates to the list. So when I returned from the walk of mine, I created a list of ten things I love about living in Tenerife? mainly to remind myself why it’s I carry on and live in Spanish territory. it’s not an exhaustive list, It’s only the ones that popped into the head of mine and I’m others that are sure will have their own reasons which will be nothing like mine.
For anyone thinking of creating a new life for themselves in Tenerife, several of our experiences may be of interest, particularly if you are not coming out for a sunshine retirement but rather in the hope of making a living. This’s a purely personal point of view and one based on being self employed and living in the north of the island. My opinions may not reflect those of others, they are not intended to, they are mine??
Later or sooner, the claustrophobia of small island living gets to everyone and when that happens, the need to escape to somewhere different is actually hampered by the distance from mainland Europe. Wherever we would like to go, unless it has one of the other islands or to the African continent, it’s a 3hr to 4hr flight away. We’re also restricted as to where we can fly direct, particularly in summer when the number and range of flights diminishes.
And it is not only travel that makes our remote location challenging. Seeking to use things online is more restricted with many places not delivering to the Canary Islands, or even if they do, at inflated p&p costs. Those postal costs apply both ways. We’d to stop selling printed books of one of the guides of ours when the price of postage doubled overnight, completely wiping out any profit.
When it comes to trying to run a business or even being self employed, Tenerife would try the patience of a Saint. It is tough to credit in this day and age but many businesses still do not have a site. Some think having a Facebook page is enough, and some don’t have any web presence at all. Trying to get an email answered on this island is similar to waiting for the first snowfall on Teide, it may or may not happen. Communications here are still primarily undertaken face to face or perhaps over the phone, and in case the Spanish of yours (or perhaps rather, Canario) isn’t top notch, you will have a problem with phone conversations.
If you do persevere and get an organization together, you’ll find the tax and national insurance systems baffling at best and economically crippling at worst and you’ll spend half your precious productivity time chasing invoices from people who may not pay. The yin and yang of this state of affairs would be that there are lots of opportunities to be able to fill gaps in the market, to leave an even better ruxwsc service than already exists or even to launch new concepts.