We are all well aware that there is a worldwide economic crisis, right? Construction way down, sterling in crisis, banks falling or bailed out. It’s serious. It has hit everyone.
Spain, and Andalucia in particular, has known good years of growth, almost uninterrupted, since shortly after Franco died. The current generation cannot remember a time when things were either good, or improving.
However, like elsewhere, this area has been hard hit by ‘the crisis’, as it is called here. Many of our Spanish friends work in construction, and they have, at most, 2 or 3 small jobs coming up, then… nothing. And I cannot believe tourism won’t also dive this year – the English pound has plummeted in value, so holidays here will be more expensive. It is scary for everyone – and the Spanish social system does not provide the safety net that the English system does.
But in the midst of all this fear, Kenton and I are constantly asked if we personally are ok – are we coping financially, do we have enough food and other essentials. They worry that we might be struggling. Even the local police have asked us if we are coping!
It really warms my heart that even in tough times like these, they think of their friends. That is what “community” is all about to me.