My husband works in online gaming. There is a huge amount of companies here that do just that. So we moved for his career!
Other than gambling companies there is an abundance of solicitors and finance firms. Gibraltar is a well known tax haven. And because of its duty-free status, sells smokes and booze super cheap! (Also perfume and cosmetics which is pretty awesome!) Sadly as we are now older and more sensible (read: can’t deal with hangovers and have never smoked) we don’t take as much advantage of that as we could! But our guests do! Most of our visitors have stood in awe of the booze prices, it doesn’t really help that awful image of ‘Brit’s abroad’ when there is a gaggle of us, clustered outside of a shop window discussing how much the vodka would be back home in the UK!
Prior to living here, we also did a stint in Malta. We both made good friends there and through the mediums of Facebook, Skype, What’s App and plain old SMS we stay in contact with our pals there. Living there forced us out of our comfort zone, it is a very different culture to the UK, and also Gibraltar, (although we have a large number of Maltese family names in Gibraltar) and whilst I loved the weather (the climate in Malta is pretty much balmy all year round) I found myself hankering for green open spaces, a cheaper food bill and a good steak!
My husband currently works (long may it continue) for one of the largest online gaming companies and I can quite honestly say that his work colleagues and managers have made us so very welcome it is hard to express our thanks. This is a running theme and will be (hopefully) throughout the blog. The people in and of Gibraltar are some of the nicest, sweetest and most helpful I have ever met.
The country is a British overseas territory. The language here is a bit crazy, whilst everyone does speak English, you will hear Spanish as well. As well as Hebrew, Arabic and some others! Actually you will hear this crazy, fast as you like version of Spanish which the Gibaltarians have altered into their own language, it is possible according to Wikipedia that the term ‘gibberish’ came from here! I hope that doesn’t offend anyone from Gib, but the language is amazing. People flit in and out of English and Spanish with every other word. And as I don’t speak Spanish, this has proved to be fairly funny on a few occasions. But as soon as people realise you only speak English they stick to just that! There is nothing weirder than seeing an English policeman in full regalia, on duty, chatting to people in Spanish!
We live in the South District and it offers us views across The Bay of Gibraltar, into Spain and Morocco. It is crazy opening the hall window to look across at North Africa! The weather is beautiful, although is quite English in its temperament, it can change if the wind blows the wrong way creating the Levant cloud which shrouds the majority of the peninsular.Which always makes me wonder if that is why the Brits seized the place and made it home!?