Today is Saturday 14th November, it’s a little rainy day here in Spain but still lovely and warm.
This week we have been remarkably busy again for us! Not just with work although we have been all over with one job and another.
Our work took us to La Marina, Ciadad Quesada, La Zenia, Torrevieja, Murcia and Alicante just to name a few. We’ve really covered some tarmac this week!
In addition to our work commitments, this week we have been to collect our TIE cards (Residency Cards) from Alicante, after a long drive up there, all we had to do was give our finger prints again and that was it! Didn’t take 2 Min's but worth the drive there and back.
On Monday afternoon we went to do our medical assessment to allow us to exchange our UK driving licences for Spanish ones. All I can say OMG! I have never seen anything like it LOL! We had an appointment in Rojales, Eventually after being called in after waiting an hour we were greeted by a chap that completes the paperwork… yes, more paperwork! A few simple questions like have you ever had an eye operation and do you take any medication. Then a simple hearing test and eye test. I swear the letters were so big I could have read them from 5 mile away! Once that was done we had to do a ‘hand – eye’ coordination test; this can only be described as a 1970’s computer game with two lanes flowing down the screen and a ball in each… the lanes start to swerve and your job, using the two handles, is the keep the balls in between the lines. A tad tricky but we both managed it! I scored 86% and Phil 93%. All we have to do is take the signed papers to ‘Traffico’ and then wait for our new licences to arrive! God knows how long that will take with the Spanish postal system.
Business continues to flourish, things have been so busy we’ve been working weekends to ensure we don’t let any of our clients down… think we are in for a hell of a summer season if a summer season is allowed! Phil is the brains behind the business side of things and reports that currently we are 28.9% ahead of budget! We expected a really quite last quarter but my god.. you would think we were the only Cleaning and Key Holding business around! We know we could be busier, but we refuse to do things underhand. Our business is legally registered and therefore we pay into the Spanish tax system… many ‘Cleaning Businesses’ operate under the radar therefore do not have to charge IVA (Spanish VAT) as we have too. Nevertheless, we will continue to operate legally as we have found many clients prefer that and do not mind paying the IVA.
So, Phil has decided to take up a new sport… PADEL. It’s very big here in Spain. He and some of his friends are playing for the first time this coming Monday… I’ll report back on how this goes lol! There may be a ‘nearly new’ PADEL racket for sale very soon!
That’s your lot for now…. Let me know how things are going for you… feedback is always welcome and always very much appreciated!