Alacant és la millor terreta del món
Alicante is one of the main characters in my novel. It intervenes in the lives of my heroes, interferes with their intentions, influences their decisions, broadens their horizons and indeed changes their personalities. In my very biased subjective opinion, once you visit Alicante, for one reason or another you will never be the same again.
‘How do you find Alicante?’
‘I love it, I love everything about it, the sea, the beach, Santa Bárbara castle, the Explanada, the port and the yachts, the streets. The people here are nice but … without knowing the language, it is difficult to be friendly. I know what you mean that you Alicantinos welcome foreigners with open arms, it’s because tourists bring money into the town. But …’
‘But for those who live here, the locals expect, very reasonably, that you converse with them and they honestly express their annoyance if you don’t.’
Alicante – languages, Spanish and Valenciano – and fitting in
‘It was not just a question of language, I had to do a re-assessment of my self-esteem and an adjustment of my self-confidence, to top it up as it were, to be in tune with theirs, otherwise I wouldn’t fit in.’
The local folk of Alicante are where the soul is, they exude positive energy – love always seems to be around, in the air, filling your lungs with passion, mixed with that special pride they have – alicantinos have that heady blend.
Alicantinos easily enter the personal space of others and welcome others to do the same, they are very tactile, open, amenable, positive, and they’ve got a special spark of humanity. How the women dress here, every single detail of their outfits’ shouts of their sensuality. The men see it and let the women know they appreciate it. All around, this special atmosphere, sex is in the air as the main ingredient.