A week or perhaps so ago I was chatting to my brother who lives in england and after my groans about the stagnant feel of the tourist market at the slowness and the moment of work, he said: Oh well, the world Cup starts soon so at least that’s something to look forward to, as spoken about on the Tenerife Forum
Except that it was not. Well, it wasand it was not, because although I like the World Cup and would gladly watch every single game (in the unlikely event that deadlines permitted), Spain is one of the few countries in the world that’s not actually airing all the video games on free-to-view Tv.
But the World Cup is actually all about embracing nations in the love of the beautiful game! For God’s sake, Andy, get out of Spain and get back to Britain where you can at least watch the footie! said my bro’. I laughed and explained that the list of reasons in the for living in Tenerife column far outweighed the ones in the against living in Tenerife column, but a seed had been planted.
Just showing one live game 1 day and concentrating on Spain performances is indicative of a country that exhibits astounding levels of insularity. Hamstrung by outdated monopolies and an autocratic business culture, Spain has a complete aversion to looking outside itself for anything, and best practice’ and benchmarking’ are not just conspicuous by their absence? they’re an anathema to Spain. When the rest of the world saw the financial crisis looming and took damage limitation measures, Spain carried on with business as usual which is why it is now facing financial melt down. I might go on
A couple of days later Jack and I walked the Chinyero Volcano route for a new walking guide we are preparing and within 5 minutes of setting off I had mentally registered some number of things I loved about Tenerife. The smell of the pine forest; the fact that i could see the sea from nearly everywhere on the island; the unrestricted ability to walk wherever I wanted; La Gomera and La Palma on the horizon
Some time ago, when we first set up Tenerife Magazine, Joe Cawley wrote a short piece entitled ten things I hate about living in Tenerife and clearly it rung a bell with lots of folks who added their own pet hates to the list. So when I got back from my walk, I created a list of 10 things I love about living in Tenerife? mainly to remind myself why it is I continue to live in Spanish territory. it’s not an exhaustive list, It is simply the ones that popped into the head of mine and I’m others which are sure will have their own reasons that will be nothing as mine.
For anyone thinking of building a new life for themselves in Tenerife, some of our experiences might be of interest, particularly in case you’re not coming out for a sunshine retirement but rather in the hope of coming up with a living. This’s a purely personal point of view and one based on being self employed and living in the north of the island. The opinions of mine may not reflect those of others, they are not meant to, they are mine??
sooner or Later, the claustrophobia of island that is small living gets to everyone and when that happens, the need to escape to somewhere different is hampered by the distance from mainland Europe. Wherever we wish to go, unless it has one of the other islands or even to the African continent, it’s a 3hr to 4hr flight away. We are also restricted as to where we can fly direct, particularly in summer when the number and range of flights diminishes.
And it isn’t just travel that makes our remote location challenging. Wanting to use things online is more restricted with many places not delivering to the Canary Islands, or if they do, at inflated p&p costs. Those postal costs apply both ways. We’d to stop selling printed books of one of the guides of ours when the price tag of postage doubled overnight, completely wiping out any profit.
When it comes to trying to run a business or even being self-employed, Tenerife will try the patience of a Saint. It’s hard to credit in this day and age but many companies still don’t have a site. Some think having a Facebook page is enough, and some do not have any web presence at all. Trying to get an email answered on this island is much like waiting for the very first snowfall on Teide, it may or perhaps may not happen. Communications here are still primarily undertaken face to face or even over the phone, and if your Spanish (or perhaps rather, Canario) is not top notch, you’ll have trouble with phone conversations.
Should you persevere and get an organization together, you will find the tax and national insurance systems baffling at best and economically crippling at worst and you will spend half your precious productivity time chasing invoices from men and women who may not pay. The yin and yang of this state of affairs would be that you can find a lot of opportunities in order to fill gaps in the market, to leave an even better ruxwsc service than already exists or perhaps to launch new concepts.