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August 26th, 2009   #11
Mikefrombelgium
 
 
@ jilly: yeah alot of the older flemish towns have really old and historical buildings and modern buildings standing side by side. Bruges has this even way more then Ostend.

@ rattler and jilly:

Cool pics, seems nice to live there


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August 26th, 2009   #12
Jilly
 
 
Just love the photos Rattler! That hedgehog is so cute, it reminds me of the ones that I found in my back garden, when I was living in the UK. They are very gentle creatures, but don't like being picked up much.

I didn't now Spain ever got cold enough for a fireplace.


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Thanks mike, yep, I do enjoy living here must admit.

Last edited by Jilly; August 26th, 2009 at 23:03.. Reason: To add sentence
 
August 27th, 2009   #13
AFSteliga
 
 
Just to let you all know, when it comes to threads like this, posting after yourself is allowed. And this is ONLY for threads like this where your posts might be too long. Any other time, either use the edit button or wait until someone else posts.


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Royal Canadian Air Force

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Last edited by AFSteliga; August 27th, 2009 at 01:27..
 
August 27th, 2009   #14
rattler
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jilly
Just love the photos Rattler! That hedgehog is so cute, it reminds me of the ones that I found in my back garden, when I was living in the UK. They are very gentle creatures, but don't like being picked up much.
This one (by the name of Kasimir, he is "part of the family" by now) is just the visible tip of the iceberg, they come in groups (probably attracted by the fireplace and the dog food tray on the terrace).

It is absolutely hilarious to see them "march" in at around 2200 at night, all in a row, with the dogs barking and the cats looking, they simply ignore them, enter and move straight to the stones in front of the fireplace. As I usually let the fire die at around midnight (and as my door is open all the time), they leave around 0400 in the morning... When you do pick them up (not always a good idea, they are live flea transporters ) I find it most interesting that they have really *cold* feet...



Quote:
Originally Posted by Jilly
I didn't now Spain ever got cold enough for a fireplace.
its getting zero degrees at night during a few days here in the med (but Spains is big, in the center and north you have really hard winters), still, best to sleep in front of the fireplace then:




Quote:
Originally Posted by Jilly
Thanks mike, yep, I do enjoy living here must admit.
I love it where I live also (I guess you guessed), it is - and I have travelled a lot - the compromise of all closest to paradise that I have found... just the plants are enough to make you see something divine in nature´s setup... (this from a hardcore agnostic):





... and personally I love the combination of having the sea in front and the mountains right in my backyard (this pic was taken some 5k from my place, you can see the sea in the bkgnd behind Dragonera):



The only really hard stuff hits with the storms, you *really* have weather here... A thunderstorm like yesterday (18.000 rays!) or a storm make it clear who rules, here some stuff (distributed over two posts, from last years "Big One" - you have one a year - on OCT 28):

This one is a panaroma (added as link only because its to big for the post) of our actually quite well protcted bay (there is only a 4 degree angle where they can enter and do damage, but when that happens....) in the middle of a storm: http://ohlmer.es/blog/wp-content/sturmpanorama.jpg

Rattler


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Update SEP 2011: Now reached US, called "Occupy Wall Street" and they claim they invented it. Thanks for learning from Spain!

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August 27th, 2009   #15
rattler
 
 
Thanks to the permission granted by Mr. Steliga I can go on with what happens when the weather *does* enter in this little unprotected angle:

My house, car and boat, OCT 28, 2008:









Others had even worse luck:





And, finally, one of myself (winter)...



Rattler (and thanks for your patience )
 
August 27th, 2009   #16
A Can of Man
 
 
Great pictures!
Want to know what my place looks like?
Go find a slab of concrete. Look down. There it is. hehe.
 
August 27th, 2009   #17
rattler
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Great pictures!
Want to know what my place looks like?
Go find a slab of concrete. Look down. There it is. hehe.
Maybe think about changing that, does not sound healthy.

Rattler
 
August 27th, 2009   #18
A Can of Man
 
 
Yeah it's not but it's what I can afford!
 
August 27th, 2009   #19
rattler
 
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by the_13th_redneck
Yeah it's not but it's what I can afford!
Sorry, with all due respect and w/o intention to meddle with your life decisions (how would I with my crooked life give serious counsel??? ), but:

From my experience you have two attitudes to chose from (economically speaking), the "budget" spending centered view or the " income" centered view, as I call them.

#1 is fairly safe: You have x monthly, now all you need to do is to manage this amount intelligently and you will be rich in 30 years and be able to afford any place you want to live at 70, with your yacht in front (the basic inner dialogue being: "What ressources do I have? What can I afford? How can I use them effectively?").

#2 is different, the basic inner dialogue going along "What do I want? How am I going to gain the necessary ressources? Will it be satisfying"? Not much security there, but fun and hardship and adrenaline, and you might (just) be able to live in a place you like at 35, w/ or w/o yacht.

Mine always has been #2, based on the feeling that when I live at peace and in a surrounding where I feel relaxed and whole, I have saved myself sooooo much stress and troubles and mindlessly spent efforts to deal with stuff I do not even want to deal with, that with this base I can do anything I want, and always, and repeatedly.

Example (and it may be that I have voiced it here before, but as I frequent so many places am not sure, search gave nothing):

I have a long list of jobs, my best paid is a 3 hours daily maintenance job that brings me 1.500 Euros (2k $) monthly, the basic income I am living from (the rest sums up to another 1.000, cannot survive from that amount). The job is at 50 mtrs from where I live, and it is not hard at all (pool manangement, cleaning the terrace, basic gardenigng stuff, from 0630J til 0930J 6 days a week - in summer).

Now, in this job is a client who is constantly buggering me with all kind of mobbing attempts, last week I got so fed up with him video taping me that I encountred myself lifting the shovel, ready to giving it to him. Luckily (would be in prison now), I thought better, went home, and rencounced that work at end of contract.

Now, everybody of my friends and familiars is telling me "But, are you crazy????! How can you let such a job go???! Ignore the guy! You will *never* find something so easy and welll paid again in thsis small village..." and so on.

They might even be right, but, I have decided that I will never work in a job where I feel so bad that I feel tempted to kill a SOB client, whatever you pay me...

Interestingly, when I started looking for jobs 6 years ago here (renouncing my photo journalism to be closer to my wife, leaving my 15k monthly income behind), it were exactly the same people who told me that my idea of wanting to earn 2.500 with not more than 6 hours work daily - and only in the village - was "crazy and unrealistic"....

I have not the faintest clue what I will be doing next month (not one bank here to rob, and we are in crisis, so no jobs either, and none for ppl my age even if there were any), but I am sure, in a year we will still be talking on the same economic level between the two of us.

I trust myself and life.

Just my idea, FWIW

Rattler

Last edited by rattler; August 27th, 2009 at 11:40..
 
August 27th, 2009   #20
A Can of Man
 
 
Actually Rattler, that's great advice and I'm actually doing it right now.
Right now we need to both save money and have access to good services so that's why we live in such a small place. It's all we can afford in an expensive place. But it's the practical choice because we won't be here past the end of the year. We're on our way out.
I've had a few chances to earn a lot of money but it meant sacrificing other things I'd rather not. I'll PM you since I don't really want it hanging out here on the main forum!
 



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