Posted by: anglopole | November 23, 2008

Anglopole in Spain

I finally had my holiday, which I spent in Spain. I thought my blog is not really a good place to write about my trip to Spain as Anglopole’s Ponglish World is, after all, about my life here, in England, right? Yet, I met so many Britons in various places in Costa Brava that I nearly felt at home – yes, England is my home now. In every corner you can see shops with English adds on their windows clearly directed at the British. In small town of Calella, where we spent the week, we noticed quite a few pubs with English names, and notice boards in front of others saying, for example: “we serve the full English breakfast here”. The dishes served in our hotel were very much meant to appeal to British tastes. To cut the long story short, the Brits can, by all means, feel at home in Spain. Anyway, thousands of British expats have, actually, settled down in the country of Gaudi, my favourite architect! I enjoyed the hospitality of the Spanish people. Most of them were taking me for an English person, so I can just hope they’d be equally nice to me had they known I was Polish.

So, it did look to me that the UK has an informal colony in the Iberian Peninsula. 😉  I will surely go back there to visit more in Barcelona itself and other cities and to get more sun than I will ever be able to enjoy here in the UK. Still, the interesting thing was that while in Spain I wasn’t thinking of Poland as my home, but of England, which only proved I am much more attached to this country than I imagine. Is it good or bad – what do you think?


  1. I think our sense of nationality changes according to where we are. In England, you’ll feel your cultural differences, but when out of the country you’ll see what has become familiar and perhaps how you have changed too. Do you find that you feel slightly alienated from other Poles when you go back to Poland too?

    As for the English in Spain, I think the numbers there will dwindle with the current economic situation!


  2. Well, you probably know this saying, Adam: your home is where your heart is… Indeed, I do feel alienated when visiting Poland. It is a weird place to be in as, I’m not sure when I’ll be treated as a local here as opposed to a foreigner, and I don’t really feel the slightest nostalgia for Poland… There you go, it looks like I’ve reached a stage of being a citizen of the world, huh?! 😉

    I did read somewhere that in some parts of Spain, Brits begin to experience hostility from the locals… it would be rather silly if it was a side effect of the credit crunch… I wonder why it’s happening?


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  4. Well, I guess is good to consider the place you live in as home. It makes me think that you are already completely used to the UK, but that doesn’t mean at all that you are no longer a Polish.
    I guess I got myself mixed up!


  5. You’re right, Gabriela! 🙂 I suppose, I am used to living in here and, at least for now, can see myself as a visitor only in Poland, even though I still hold the passport. It is true, too, that I’ll always be Polish, though more and more anglicized in time, I reckon! 😉 It is a weird place to be, as far as one’s identity is concerned, isn’t it?


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