Thank EU

We’ve just returned from a jolly jaunt to southern Spain with a quick stop off in Portugal for good measure. It was so nice to be able to just drive 15 minutes up the road to our local airport and not have to endure a three hour trek just to get to Heathrow and Gatwick. British based airlines have particularly thrived in Europe, opening up a huge number of new routes from dozens of regional airports. Intense competition has seen prices kept incredibly low. Thank EU.

It was so nice to be able to use my mobile phone in both Spain and Portugal just as I would at home. I could use my data allowance and call numbers on both the continent and in the UK with no differential pricing between them. This, thanks to recently introduced legislation. Thank EU.

It was so nice to just breeze through immigration controls with just a wave of my passport, without any interrogation as to how long I’d be staying and what I was planning to get up to. It was so nice to jump on the bus in Spain and get off in Portugal with nothing but a signpost to let us know we’d crossed from one into the other. Thank EU.

It was so nice to be able to pay for various parts of the trip on a debit or credit card without having a rip-off card surcharge added, courtesy of another piece of recently introduced legislation that helps consumers. Thank EU. It was a shame that the UK hadn’t adopted the Euro and saved us the inconvenience and expense of changing currencies. Some might point to what has happened in the Eurozone over the last decade and say, ‘good thing we didn’t’. Fair point. But if we’re using hindsight, then the argument would be who shouldn’t have joined the Euro, rather that who didn’t.

It’s fantastic being in the European Union. As a consumer. As a citizen. As an employee. Long may it continue to be so. Many of us still hold out hope that it will remain the case long after March 2019.


6 thoughts on “Thank EU

  1. Kris says:

    We are Canadian and have spent 2-3 months in the southern US for winters over the last 10 years. We were in Spain in the 70’s and Portugal in the 80’s, and we plan on changing our winter trip to there. Due to events in the US and the rising cost here, I would rather spend my money somewhere else. I can st in ill remember some of my Spanish from living in Mexico for 5 years, so next winter, another experience.


    • Spain is lovely. Andalucia particularly so. And weather wise, I reckon it’s a better place to be that Canada in mid winter. Things are reasonably priced too. Perhaps not Mexican reasonable. But certainly southern US reasonable.

      And I know what you mean. I can’t see myself spending money to go to the US in the foreseeable future. There are just a handful of countries that exclude themselves from my travel plans. You know the sort. Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Russia, North Korea, the USA….


  2. Beautiful photo of Sevilla at the top. Will we be hearing more about your trip in future posts? I love Spain almost as much as I love Mexico, and if it were nearer, I would go there more often.


    • Spain to me is, I guess, what Mexico is to you. I’d swap, to be honest. But we’re both rather bound by proximity to our respective choices.

      I hope to get around to writing a bit more about our trip…


  3. Your post reminds me of the movie The Way we were. Especially the words from its theme song words, the way we were. Don’t know if there is any way that you Brits can remain in the EU but I am still hoping.
    As an American residing in Mexico, I think that we have a common bond. That being that our respective countries seem to have decided to opt out of the world.


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