• Stockholm (Sweden)

  • In La Línea since 2013

  • Human resources

Cecilia started to work in the Stockholm offices of an important gaming company in 2010. She had the chance to visit Gibraltar a couple of times on business trips. One day her manager proposed her to work in a project in Gibraltar for six months and that was how she ended up living permanently among us. Those six months became 10 and then a year. “After a year I was offered a permanent contract in Gibraltar where I stayed for two years until I was transferred to London”. She spent a year there and was offered to come back to Gibraltar.

Despite the fact that it was not her choice to live in the south of Spain, she liked the idea as she always wanted to live away from Sweden. She already lived in the US when she was 18. Also, she loves the Spanish culture so coming to work in Gibraltar was not only an opportunity of international exposure but also to live in Spain.

Having been in Gibraltar before helped her knowing La Línea a little. When she was offered the choice to live in Gibraltar or La Línea, she chose our town, despite hearing negative things from most people. She thought that it wouldn’t be worse than any other place and she loved the charm of the place. A Spanish work colleague introduced her to the local culture and visited the market. Thing she still does at least every second week for her shopping.

On the other hand, she didn’t know anything about Gibraltar “it’s not a place people talk about at all in Sweden”. Gibraltar seems like too small for her coming from a capital.

Cecilia likes how older people enjoy life outdoors in La Línea. Also loves the food and how we enjoy it. “I love going to the market where I try to interact with people”.

Like many other, she gets frustrated by the lack of efficiency or how things work so slow. She also struggles with the language barrier. She understands a lot of Spanish. When she listens to the radio, she can pick the sense of the topic. However, it’s much more difficult for her to have a conversation. Although she has tried, the fact to be part of the expat community doesn’t help to learn the language. In her opinion there are two groups of people in town, foreigners and locals and there is some sort of segregation with not much interaction between the two parts.

Cecilia tries to understand the culture of La Linea and its history. Although is difficult find information in English, she knows some of the local parties, the ‘feria’. She is happy to have visited the local museum “Cruz Herrera”.

Finally, our friend tells us that La Linea’s bad reputation is not justified. “Yes, probably is not the place with the clean streets or the coolest bars. But this place has a charm that very few places have”. A charm that it’s different to  other places in Spain or the Mediterranean. Places full of touristic traps. “Here you have the real thing and it’s at your doorstep”. Good atmosphere, good food, friendly people and “if you have the guts to go out there” you can get to know how is the real life of La Linea.

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