Most north Europeans who move here, and I include myself in the group, do so for a better lifestyle. Canarians seem to be better at achieving a good work / life balance than those of us from cooler climes.
The siesta is still observed by many businesses here
Lunch really does take an hour, sometimes two
Most shops remain resolutely closed on a Sunday, meaning you either end up spending the day having fun with friends and family, or simply chilling
There isn’t the same need to express your success with designer clothes or the latest flashy car
Plenty of businesses close down for weeks or even a month in the summer, so everyone can have a holiday
Most people don’t get too concerned if you’re five or ten minutes late for an appointment
Morning coffee isn’t a cup of instant grabbed at your desk, but is a stroll to the nearest café for a natter and a freshly brewed cup of the good stuff
Fruit and veg are bought in season and are often organic – you can’t get everything all the time, they can look odd, but they taste delicious
Health and safety hasn’t gone mad here – generally people are treated like the grown ups they are
Of course, depending on what you need to do, all of the above can mean intense frustration at times – when a shop is closed for no apparent reason, when you need to buy something on a Sunday, or if the guy you’re meeting is late and leaves you wondering if he’s going to turn up.
And there are those who would try to change things
“We need bigger, better shops on the island!”
“They should put up warning signs!”
“Don’t they want to take my money?”
“The bureaucracy is driving me crazy!”
“We need a better ______”
“I wish there was a Starbucks in Lanzarote.”
Sometimes, we need to pause and remember the things that attracted us to live on the island in the first place.