Thanks for your response, its a pleasure to hear from you. Indeed, during my time abroad, I was quite disappointed to find that many an American tourist has the attitude you describe as well. Its such a shame that some can’t appreciate the finer points of another culture due to their own overly ingrained preferences. Perhaps it is fear of the unknown, or a threat to their ego. I agree, some people are cut out for change more than others. I have been surprised to hear some describe the Spanish as nasty, mostly in the big cities, granted. From my experience, people usually treat you the way you treat them, with a few exceptions. I think Spain tends to be a bit on the noisy side however, which is a challenge for me. I loath fireworks. So in that respect, I may have the urge to flee to the countryside every few weeks:>
As far as my plans, they are in effect, laid. I have made some connections, and have a good idea of where to go and how to get work teaching English. There is a window of hiring that happens in September and January. Personally, however, I am on hold, due to the terminal illness of a very dear friend. I am in effect, “waiting” for them. This holding pattern, by its nature, might be leading me to over-think things and worry more than I should. I prefer to be spontaneous. The silver lining though, is gathering the plethora of information on these forums and such. There are so many little details that will require my attention when I arrive.
I am leaning towards living in San Sebastian. I think this is a great place, although I have only but touched my feet there. I believe there is a modest expat community, but not overwhelmingly so. Do you know much about this area?
Yes, the coffee is better! I love the cafe con leches, provided it is not too late in the day, when they can pour you the dregs from the bottom of the pot, which makes it entirely too strong for me. But I definitely prefer my tea. Where I live, with all the trade with Japan and eastern Asia, there is no shortage of fantastic Asian teas to choose from. Can’t get good fish and chips here though, which I hear can’t be beat in Ireland.