Originally Posted by boatman61
hefty fines for 'luxury lifestyle' transgressors is attractive
also locals are gonna be a bit less sympathetic than in the past...
Yes. Spain is in trouble. Huge portion of people work in jobs paid by the govt. Huge numbers are unemployed, studying, on grants, etc.. So with economy down the way for the govt is to tax or to cut. Now taxing people paid by the govt (from taxes) is, well ... not efficient. So there are the cuts or new taxes
that would tax the non-govt paid people and visitors. But Spanish govt cannot REPEAT cannot tax the visitors too harshly because huge areas of Spain are all about tourism and residents. Frighten the residents / tourists and in effect your govt income
No. Locals will NOT be any less sympathetic - because Spanish people are nice and easygoing at heart - they are nice no matter what and I am yet to meet a Spanish who would tell me anything rude because of my being a foreigner.
Even in my beloved Sweden
I have been verbally abused by a drunk once. I liked that too, as knowing that I am a foreigner the drunk was swearing at me ... in English
. How courteous!
Spanish people will remain the way they are - positive, smiling and super nice, even if things are not as easy now as they used to be last 20 years or so.