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"We used Paul to help us organise a wedding in Ronda for my English daughter and Scottish son-in-law. It was a very tricky matter, because it is not normal for foreigners to marry in the town. Nevertheless, we persevered and Paul did all the interpreting, talking to officials and making phone calls on our behalf. Needless to say, the wedding went perfectly, with a large part of the thanks going to Paul."
Mary Jackson, Colwyn Bay, Wales, May 2006

What have we done? PDF
Saturday, 27 October 2001 00:00

What have we done?

Are you awake?
Yep. Can’t sleep.
Me neither.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking?
                                     My God! What have we done?

Light on. It’s mid-October in a tiny village in the Andalucía mountains. The house is cold and damp. Someone has disturbed the dogs penned in on the outskirts and all hell has let loose!

The evening before we had just agreed to buy and had put down a deposit on an apartment in the nearby town of Ronda.

We viewed the place in the afternoon at the end of a long hot morning viewing totally inappropriate places with our Spanish estate agent.

Had we panicked? At the time we didn’t think so, as we’d been looking for over a year, but in the cold, damp, dark, sleepless early-hours of an autumn morning in Andalucía, we had begun to question the wisdom of blowing most of our recently matured endowment on a jerry-built place in a comunidad de propietarios (community of owners), all of whom are Spanish.

What had we done?

© Paul Whitelock


Paul Whitelock

Paul is a Joint Honours graduate in Spanish and German, a qualified teacher (PGCE) and has a Member of the Institute of Linguists (MIL) qualification.

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