Living the life

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, August 12, 2006

Sotogrande itself is interesting, it's not really a town and is far bigger than a resort. Basically it is a gated community, with a few restaurants and shops by the marina. Including a Haagen Dazs shop, which thankfully is a fair distance from here otherwise I don't know that I would be able to resist temptation! It's a great place for the kids though, because you can just let them go wherever and not have to worry about them riding their bikes in traffic and such. There's tennis & padel courts, a polo field, outdoor cinema, golf course, and of course the marina. The family has a boat, which we go out in a few times a week. All in all the place reeks of money of course, there are a couple Ferrari's, a Hummer, a few Jags, and too many Mercs and BMWs to count! An interesting mix of people though, because it seems to be split half in half between Spanish and British. Walking along the beach you hear just as much English as Spanish, which for me having been in Spain for over 2 months is very strange!!

It's such a different lifestyle than what I am used to though. Having 2 women who live in the house and are responsible for everything (cooking, cleaning, the children) gives complete freedom to the parents. They never have to worry about getting a babysitter if they want to go out, they just go. Or having to ask the other if they will be home to watch the children, or pick them up from lessons...they just come and go as they please. And it amazes me when it comes to things around the house, that they literally don't lift a finger. Not even the children, they don't make their beds, clean the table, put away their dishes, nothing. When they get out of the pool the housekeeper has their clean dry clothes sitting waiting, they put them on, throw their wet bathing suits on the ground and go. The housekeeper comes along later to pick them up. Don't get me wrong, I think that if they have the money to afford the lifestyle, by all means enjoy it. I don't think that they are doing their kids a service though by not teaching them to pick up after themselves. But hey, what do I know, I don't have kids!!
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