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PuertoPete

The Russians are here !
« on: November 30, 2012 »
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  • Following on from the information that Russian investment has helped to open up the Royal Sun again and the signage within and the first arrivals are all Russian too......

    I also heard that the last 40 units at the Balcones were cleared out to the Russian investors at knock down prices to close the sales at the complex. These units are already receiving Russian guests who are to be seen (and heard) in the Puerto Santiago Bajo area and restaurants.

    We were recently in the popular San Francisco restaurant around from the Tamaimo Tropicale Hotel when a party of 'Russkis' arrived and demanded a table for 14 people ! The guy fronting the party had some English but was short on charm or courtesy. He had 'clearly not bothered to learn yet 'please' and 'thank you'. The waiter tried to explain that they were already pretty full and he could offer to split the group up. But the large unsmiling fellow demanded again 'one table 14 persons !'.

    We expected there to be a request for others to move table to make room - and I had decided we were NOT going to move anywhere as we were already part way through our main course. However, another couple behind us did agree to move to another table and the party were eventually accomodated at a 10 and a 4 on two adjacent tables. Once seated they were pretty quiet and blended in with the atmosphere of that busy restaurant.

    However, the Manager (Oscar) was on his night off and he had to be called in from watching football on TV at his apartment in PS town to come in and take the orders and help with the service. He was not at all amused by their demands and told them so - in his usual half-joking manner.

    I also heard recently that a large villa on Punta Negra, just through Playa de l'Arena has been bought from a local businessman who just could not refuse the offer made. It was SO good that the deal was accepted and done and the place vacated within three days. The story also goes that the Russian buyer has ensured that there will no noise problems from the nearby Pilgrim across the street that he has bought that too and intends to keep it closed !

    An estate agent in Playa de l'Arena is already selling to Russians and the notices in his window are in Russian script. We heard a VERY loud Russian lady estate agent doing business with someone in Icognito recently, she almost shouting down her mobile phone (presumably to someone in Russia).

    So prepare to see the area change in the coming years with the arrival of all these Russkis - we can already hear them on the streets, the coastal walks and, no doubt, soon on the beaches !

    It may be good for property sales though ? I see that Delmar already have their sales details in Russian script on the display board outside of La Pergola !

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    Re: The Russians are here !
    « Reply #1 on: November 30, 2012 »
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  • It was in the papers about Spain offering residency to Russian and Chinese whom purchase property, which   
     I guess you must have all seen. So maybe it's having an effect already, although there does seem to be many Chinese here currently, and in business, maybe they have residency already. Of course for the Ruskies as soon as they are residents in Spain/EU, they have full settlement rights to UK and our generous benefit system. Oh well, at least they like football and their food doesn't have to be especially prepared.

    FredLee

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  • Last Friday whilst checking in at the airport to leave Tenerife to come back to the UK - there were a queue of Russians ''queuing'' for the Moscow flight next to us.   Some tried to jump the queue by going to the front where their fellow passengers were actually checking in and got quickly told to get back in line and put in their place by the Spanish check-in staff.   We stayed at the Los Gigantes Hotel and there were some Russians staying there - their table manners whilst in the restaurant was nothing short of appalling.

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    Re: The Russians are here !
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  • Where have you all been the Russians have been buying timeshare in our complex for the last 5 years  & I know they have also purchased outright around the area for at least 2 years. Dont forget they are not tied into the ever crashing Euro & the not so better off Pound.

    Spains lucky it has another group of people they can rip off, now they have got the money out of the British, but knowing the Russians they wont be as easy a push over as we were

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  • I dont think the Spanish rip people off as a rule, but there are always exceptions. Often its people being ripped off by there own, who are trying to make a living out of their own kinsman. We trust them because we are abroad, the sun is shining, we are in a merry state, their smiley and talk English just like we do. And because we are honest they must be too.
    I believe the Ruskies have there own way of settling a complaint, maybe there will be a few bodies being washed up on the beaches in future (no bad thing).

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    Re: The Russians are here !
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  • Where have you lot been. Russians been buying up property in the area for years,  and there were plenty of Russians in the Playa de la Arena Hotel ( or whatever it's called these days ) last couple of winters. For some reason they didn't go out to the local bars and restaurants at night. Perhaps there getting used to their new found freedom and spending power and have started getting out and about, certainly quite a few doing Beatles, Elvis and Sinatra impersonations in the Blarney Stone. Main thing is they're bringing much needed money into the area.