Gaudalquitón, Our Nature Reserve & A Very Funny Guy
I mentioned our nature reserve earlier today, which has fortunately been saved. I’m not really very ‘nature’ inclined, I’m more of an air-conditioning, overstuffed upholstery, I’d like a gin & tonic sort of person- but anyway…
I was looking for pictures of the reserve and I ended up on a very amusing blog. A fellow wordpresser who wrote about the area and took some great pictures. Apparently we have some species of plants here that exist nowhere else in the world. I’ve never seen them personally because I don’t really have appropriate footwear to visit the area down the street from me- but anyway. WordPress guy made me laugh, spit my wine out laugh. In his words: “Para aquel que no conozca Sotogrande, y en menor medida la Alcaidesa, informarle que son urbanizaciones de superlujo, que cada vez que he ido por ahí me he dicho esta vez me paran y me multan por pobre. En fin, un buen lugar para observar e identificar esa rara avis del millonario.”- “For he who doesn’t know Sotogrande, and to a lesser degree Alcaidesa, I’d like to inform you it’s an über-luxury development. Every time I’ve been there I told myself, oh no, it’s going to be this time, they’re going to stop me and fine me for being poor. In any event, it’s a good place to identify and observe the rara avis that is the millionaire…” He says more than that, but I chose to suppress the rest
I’d like to reassure him that poor people aren’t fined in Sotogrande (except in August or if they come too close to one of the houses, or if they try to speak to the residents).
In other interesting news I heard an American on television saying they pay a lot of income tax there. Side-bar- Americans pay the lowest income tax rates of any developed country. An American who makes between 85 and 178K pays the same rate as a Spaniard who makes between 17 and 33 thousand euros. A Spaniard who makes more than 53,400 euros per year pays into the 47% tax bracket + property taxes + local taxes. Post war Britain had tax brackets that went all the way up to just over 80%. France has instituted a 75% tax bracket this year. Right wing republicans need to get a grip. People who have more can pay more, that’s the deal.