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14:55 31.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> I am thinking to myself, not saying it out loud obviously- «it is a great 5 star hotel, if you want your steak the way it is cooked in England — go back to England, why did you come to Spain in the first place? »
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There are people who are always displeased with smth.

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> I hope we will have some fantastic boat trips after my husband gets back to the resort
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Boat trips and swimming are my favourite ways to spend free time.

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> To be honest — I am getting a bit bored
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Are there any interesting places not far from Hotel (besides the zoo)? Or may be a water park? Children usually like water parks.
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15:28 31.07.2019
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> I hope we will have some fantastic boat trips after my husband gets back to the resort
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>Boat trips and swimming are my favourite ways to spend free time.
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> To be honest — I am getting a bit bored
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>Are there any interesting places not far from Hotel (besides the zoo)? Or may be a water park? Children usually like water parks.
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There are aqua parks, but our resort has one of the best ones, so — kind of no point driving in 37C heat somewhere else, there is air con in every car, but when you are out — you are still exposed to heat. We are all ginger and white skinned (apart from Daniel — he is blond and his skin is a bit more resistant, ginger /redheads have a whiter, more vulnerable skin, we don’t go out without putting tons and tons of suntan lotion on), but also — the heat makes you lazy, well — it has that effect on me, I am from Russia after all you know. The point of the holiday was exactly — to laze around, I am just not used to it, that’s all. London is very fast paced, so — when I go to other European cities — it is alright, I feel the rhythm- so to speak, here — it is totally different, how can they take such long siestas? And why? There’s air con everywhere. On the other hand — people are so much more relaxed than the English- and happier looking, even though they live poorer. The English are so uptight and tired — compared to the Southern Europeans. But — the fact that we are surrounded by the English and trapped on the resort at the moment — it is kind of — well, one doesn’t get the feeling of the change of the atmosphere- same old people, same old conversations. The kids love it though. We will make up for «the cultural bit» of the holiday when my husband gets back to the resort.
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17:23 31.07.2019
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> people are so much more relaxed than the English- and happier looking
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The same goes to Cyprus. They seem happier than Russians and much more relaxed
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17:25 31.07.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> kind of no point driving in 37C heat somewhere else, there is air con in every car, but when you are out — you are still exposed to heat. We are all ginger and white skinned (apart from Daniel — he is blond and his skin is a bit more resistant, ginger /redheads have a whiter, more vulnerable skin, we don’t go out without putting tons and tons of suntan lotion on)
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Well, it must be cooler after 17:00, so you can go for a walk with kids.

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> well, one doesn’t get the feeling of the change of the atmosphere- same old people, same old conversations
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Have you met there people who like to run too?
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11:50 01.08.2019
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> kind of no point driving in 37C heat somewhere else, there is air con in every car, but when you are out — you are still exposed to heat. We are all ginger and white skinned (apart from Daniel — he is blond and his skin is a bit more resistant, ginger /redheads have a whiter, more vulnerable skin, we don’t go out without putting tons and tons of suntan lotion on)
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>Well, it must be cooler after 17:00, so you can go for a walk with kids.
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> well, one doesn’t get the feeling of the change of the atmosphere- same old people, same old conversations
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>Have you met there people who like to run too?
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The kids are fine, they don’t want to leave the resort — there is so much entertainment here for them — aqua park, fantastic pool, friends, there is this massive kids disco every evening and activities by the pool all day. I went to the spa with a couple of moms yesterday — it was great. I am starting to enjoy this lazy way of holidaying now. I love the sea here, but the kids — they prefer the pool. But the resort is right on the beach — so I just go for a swim whenever I like and then come back to the pool and join our big English crowd.
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18:05 01.08.2019
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> I am starting to enjoy this lazy way of holidaying now. I love the sea here, but the kids — they prefer the pool. But the resort is right on the beach — so I just go for a swim whenever I like and then come back to the pool and join our big English crowd.
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Btw, it is true that Brits prefer to swim in the pools? As for me swimming in the sea is much more interesting than swimming in pools.
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09:45 02.08.2019
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> I am starting to enjoy this lazy way of holidaying now. I love the sea here, but the kids — they prefer the pool. But the resort is right on the beach — so I just go for a swim whenever I like and then come back to the pool and join our big English crowd.
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> Btw, it is true that Brits prefer to swim in the pools? As for me swimming in the sea is much more interesting than swimming in pools.
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They like snorkelling, boat trips, but on the resorts — they prefer lying by the pool. The Germans are the same. The Russians all prefer the sea and the beach. I guess it is because they get more excited by the sea cause it is a huge country and most people don’t live by the sea. Britain is an island and you are never that far away from the sea. For instance Brighton is only an hour away by train from London, Southend- an hour and a half, Portsmouth, Southampton- a couple of hours away.

By the way — I haven’t met one Russian person on the resort- the resort is full of English, some Germans and Spanish themselves. The Spanish say it is one of their favourite places to holiday, as it is not overdeveloped. I met quite a few Russians in Venice, Nice and places like that. I guess it is not interesting for them here. There is nothing much to see around — nothing like Nice — the architecture is not all that great, and the nature, well — huge cactuses and palm trees- not particularly exciting .This is a lazy beach seal type of holiday.
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16:53 02.08.2019
It is siesta at the moment, I am gonna put out some pics
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17:49 02.08.2019
The coast we are at is Almería — Roquetas de Mar, Gibraltar is within about 3 hours or even shorter distance, but can take up to 7 hours to get in, as the Spanish make it difficult at the border. I didn’t take a lot of pics when we went — we went there on our second day and my littlest got very overheated and sick and complaining- the kids found the trip exhausting- cause of the heat — it was over 40C there. And to be honest — culture, architecture — very English there, it is like being in England, but in 40 degree heat. Some villas and houses are very Spanish there, just a bit richer. We planned to go to the monkey centre there — Gibraltar is the only place in Europe which has monkeys which are native to the land, some run around free and grab your food — I found that very irritating to be honest.
This is our resort — the entrance












There are mostly English and Germans here, so all the signs are in English and German — at the spa, etc





There are 3 pools in total, the main one has 4 jacuzzis in it, 2 of the pools are for kids — not little kids, but — our kids' kind of age — they do all sorts of sports activities there, there is even some German massive group from some sports school staying here.

You can see the sea from the pool, most apartments have a sea view (they call them villas for some reason, but they are just your typical sea view apartments, not chalets or anything like that), entrance to the beach is gated — for kids health and safety, you have to use your hotel card to get in and out. Today it is very windy and they put out “no swimming” signs cause the wave is too high. I thought that was a bit over the top, I would personally have happily jumped in the waves, but they said — «EU regulacione ‘. This is what the beach looked like today — deserted- as there was a bit of wind. Crazy. But I guess it is a very family oriented place, so they don’t want any accidents in case of which they might be sued.





That is the gate — feels a bit like a prison gate to be honest — but maybe they have a point- there are tons of kids at the hotel and they don’t want anyone escaping.





You can see the beach at the back from the main pool













See — the wave is not that high, but swimming in the sea was forbidden, boat trips cancelled — crazy. EU regulations — my ass, how crazy can you get?





This is the promenade area by the sea- one can see an odd runner now and again first thing in the morning- then it is just gets too hot.





The palm trees have fruit on them, which resemble olives





Here they are on the floor





The food is great, they do different theme every night — English cuisine, German cuisine, French cuisine, Oriental, etc But some things stay the same- paella





Muscles





Whole fried anchovies





Andalusia salad — it is like the Russian winter salad, but with tuna and crabmeat in it instead of beef or chicken and they put olives in it





Olives, etc





The food is gorgeous, as most of it is grown/ caught here — so ultra fresh









The street outside the hotel — during siesta, so — hardly any people, shops are shut, etc













Nice bright scarlet flower









Cactus





There is this fantastic aquarium not far from the hotel — with sharks, etc But I doubt it is better than the London Aquarium. Still — we’ll go and explore.
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19:30 02.08.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> By the way — I haven’t met one Russian person on the resort- the resort is full of English, some Germans and Spanish themselves. The Spanish say it is one of their favourite places to holiday, as it is not overdeveloped. I met quite a few Russians in Venice, Nice and places like that. I guess it is not interesting for them here. There is nothing much to see around — nothing like Nice — the architecture is not all that great, and the nature, well — huge cactuses and palm trees- not particularly exciting .This is a lazy beach seal type of holiday.
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Hi. I have a funny story to tell. One of my colleagues is also very anti Putin to the point she is a bit anti-Russian. She deliberately went to the hotel where you can hardly find any Russian-speaking person. And after her vacation she complained about the fact that she wasn't comfortable there because of the food she wasn't used to. Her English is not so great so she had some troubles with explaining herself.
I was like … hey, but this it what you wanted in the first place.
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19:31 02.08.2019
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> The coast we are at is Almería — Roquetas de Mar
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Nice pics!
I can feel 37 C just looking at them )
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21:08 02.08.2019
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> By the way — I haven’t met one Russian person on the resort- the resort is full of English, some Germans and Spanish themselves. The Spanish say it is one of their favourite places to holiday, as it is not overdeveloped. I met quite a few Russians in Venice, Nice and places like that. I guess it is not interesting for them here. There is nothing much to see around — nothing like Nice — the architecture is not all that great, and the nature, well — huge cactuses and palm trees- not particularly exciting .This is a lazy beach seal type of holiday.
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>Hi. I have a funny story to tell. One of my colleagues is also very anti Putin to the point she is a bit anti-Russian. She deliberately went to the hotel where you can hardly find any Russian-speaking person. And after her vacation she complained about the fact that she wasn't comfortable there because of the food she wasn't used to. Her English is not so great so she had some troubles with explaining herself.
> I was like … hey, but this it what you wanted in the first place.
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Well, being anti Putin doesn’t mean being anti Russian at all. That is all — propaganda, political leaders come and go, people stay. I hope you don’t think that we have deliberately chosen the resort where only the English and the. German choose to go, we just wanted to go to a different part of Spain, something different. We are a bit spoilt — have been to quite a few places. By the way — Germans and the English get on quite well, speak, laugh, play games together- there is a great golf resort nearby.
I am not complaining like your friend, just telling you things as they are- well, as I see them — without hyping it up.
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22:22 02.08.2019
More food !!!!
Seafood is great here — very fresh

Today — seafood dinner













Turkey





Tampura lobster tails





Mollusks





By the way, the size of fruit is something else — plums and apricots look huge — all grown here







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09:25 03.08.2019
Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
> Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
>> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>>> By the way — I haven’t met one Russian person on the resort- the resort is full of English, some Germans and Spanish themselves. The Spanish say it is one of their favourite places to holiday, as it is not overdeveloped. I met quite a few Russians in Venice, Nice and places like that. I guess it is not interesting for them here. There is nothing much to see around — nothing like Nice — the architecture is not all that great, and the nature, well — huge cactuses and palm trees- not particularly exciting .This is a lazy beach seal type of holiday.
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>>Hi. I have a funny story to tell. One of my colleagues is also very anti Putin to the point she is a bit anti-Russian. She deliberately went to the hotel where you can hardly find any Russian-speaking person. And after her vacation she complained about the fact that she wasn't comfortable there because of the food she wasn't used to. Her English is not so great so she had some troubles with explaining herself.
>> I was like … hey, but this it what you wanted in the first place.
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>Well, being anti Putin doesn’t mean being anti Russian at all. That is all — propaganda, political leaders come and go, people stay. I hope you don’t think that we have deliberately chosen the resort where only the English and the. German choose to go, we just wanted to go to a different part of Spain, something different. We are a bit spoilt — have been to quite a few places. By the way — Germans and the English get on quite well, speak, laugh, play games together- there is a great golf resort nearby.
> I am not complaining like your friend, just telling you things as they are- well, as I see them — without hyping it up.
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Hi, may be I should put it in a different way. My colleague wanted a resort without Russians for some reasons, but she was surprised that it isn't adapted for her tastes. I find it funny. She is Russian after all.

I wasn't hinting at you at all. I also think it is okay when people willing to go to the place where their compatriots like to stay because that means this place will be adapted to their tastes.
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10:14 03.08.2019
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> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>> Grin (25771) wrote in reply to post:
>>> Redhead (Expat) wrote in reply to post:
>>>> By the way — I haven’t met one Russian person on the resort- the resort is full of English, some Germans and Spanish themselves. The Spanish say it is one of their favourite places to holiday, as it is not overdeveloped. I met quite a few Russians in Venice, Nice and places like that. I guess it is not interesting for them here. There is nothing much to see around — nothing like Nice — the architecture is not all that great, and the nature, well — huge cactuses and palm trees- not particularly exciting .This is a lazy beach seal type of holiday.
>>> Hi. I have a funny story to tell. One of my colleagues is also very anti Putin to the point she is a bit anti-Russian. She deliberately went to the hotel where you can hardly find any Russian-speaking person. And after her vacation she complained about the fact that she wasn't comfortable there because of the food she wasn't used to. Her English is not so great so she had some troubles with explaining herself.
>>> I was like … hey, but this it what you wanted in the first place.
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>>Well, being anti Putin doesn’t mean being anti Russian at all. That is all — propaganda, political leaders come and go, people stay. I hope you don’t think that we have deliberately chosen the resort where only the English and the. German choose to go, we just wanted to go to a different part of Spain, something different. We are a bit spoilt — have been to quite a few places. By the way — Germans and the English get on quite well, speak, laugh, play games together- there is a great golf resort nearby.
>> I am not complaining like your friend, just telling you things as they are- well, as I see them — without hyping it up.
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>Hi, may be I should put it in a different way. My colleague wanted a resort without Russians for some reasons, but she was surprised that it isn't adapted for her tastes. I find it funny. She is Russian after all.
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> I wasn't hinting at you at all. I also think it is okay when people willing to go to the place where their compatriots like to stay because that means this place will be adapted to their tastes.
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Oh, I see. I am sorry, I misunderstood you.
To be honest — when I am abroad- I prefer the locals — local cuisine, etc. What is the point of going somewhere where there are lots of your compatriots? The reason I like to see the Russians when I go abroad — is probably precisely because I don’t spend much time with them back in England- or the Spanish, or the French. It is nice to hear different languages, try different foods — in the country of origin (we have all sorts of cuisines in England, but still — it is a bit different here) — I like the differences. What is the point of the English cuisine night when you are on the Southern coast of Spain? By the way — tonight it is Mediterranean food and entertainment.
My husband got back to the resort, he says he needs one day by the pool to rest from the trip to Portugal, but tomorrow we will definitely go somewhere.
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