Retirement advice from Frenchman Claude is based on almost two decades of living in Tenerife,
just like this group of happy people who have been retirees by Mount Teide, almost as long.
Claude's first piece of advice is to keep all your contact with family and friends in your home country because you don't know how you will feel about being abroad once you get older.
In order to get the most out of retiring overseas his second piece of advice is to learn the native language of the country. He believes this is a crucial part in making friends with the local people and feeling at home.
It would cost you more to buy the paper than what you would pay for a small Spanish coffee which is not more
than 80 cents now in 2008 while a good local Dorada beer only sets you back 1 €', he added.
By the way, some places sold Doradas in 2015 for less than 1 € since Tenerife is in a Recession.
You don't invite friends or potential business partners to your home in Spain. You meet in restaurants or in cafés.
Besides, it's in international cafés in Tenerife suburbs where you hear who in the neighborhood has won the lottery, about private clubs for playing card games or where you find tennis or golf partners or a recommended electrician.
Furthermore, Claude's advice for pensioners in Tenerife was that one makes contacts more easily the further one is away from the tourist hubs.
Did you know that they even let retirees and others stick a flier onto their café windows or doors in Spanish suburbs? Claude showed me that.
Not to be forgotten is another major insider retirement tip for Tenerife which is all about the gentle unbeatable climate of Tenerife dubbed the Eternal Spring. This arguably plays the biggest role for most people retiring there.
Of course the island's climate is great for retirees whose health usually diminishes with age.
Walking on the biggest of all the Canary Islands is cheap and diverse.
Claude also thinks that Tenerife's
local food is ideal for retired people.
He loves the vegetable soups, the fresh Dorada fish, wrinkle potatoes called Papas arrugadas, the small local bananas and a daily 'copa' which means a glass of a regional red wine.
Claude is occasionally taken by friends to lunch at the Realejos Monastry Gardens where he battles a little to move his ailing leg to the patio restaurant.
'Enjoy the world second biggest carnival which will make you feel younger', is also a comment Claude would make.
The challenges that come with learning a new culture help keep the Alzheimer's fog at bay.
Here, Claude, also, agrees with me that music with lyrics is good to learn Spanish.
'Just switch on Spanish radio in your car for it', is his response to this.
Find out what's the most fun and easy way to learn Spanish.
Another one of Claude's retirement gems for living a fulfilled life in Tenerife is: Learn a new skill for a new hobby while you are not too old and meditate. Yes, Claude meditates too.
Walk down the road to the Canary Island style corner building of Audio studio 399, turn left and then right into Mazoroco.
Universidad Popular Franciso Afonso
Mazoroco, 26 Tel: 0045+922 383461
38400Puerto de la Cruz map
There, tuition varies. Go have a look.
Lagos of Martianez Buy a monthly ticket for about €35. This was the retirement advice by a Swedish woman whom I once met on the bus. She loved nothing more than to spend an hour a day in the warm jacuzzi of the Lido Martianez.
'Ask for pensioner prescriptions at the Centro de Salud which will normally allow you to buy your medicines for free provided you have a European health card.
Ask for help at the town halls.
'You can even make an appointment with a free lawyer' he added.
Claude requires this additional care because, he fell once too often.
Find a list of all Tenerife consumer offices at infoconsumo.es
Most complaints are for faulty telephone invoices or about local artisans or companies whose services were not fulfilled. Some queries involve renting. Please note: For letting or house community queries an 'administrador de fincas' applies. Speaking basic Spanish will do, otherwise, bring an interpreter.
This takes place at a kind of Tenerife elderly club called 'Centro de Dia Para Mayores'. This Puerto de la Cruz Community Center is open during the day. Mingle to make friends and have a good meal which is great value for money. Enjoy taking part in their outings and events too. Basic Spanish knowledge will do.
You can't miss this big place with its gardens beside the former parking ground of the old bus station.
All these institutions are advantages for living in the oldest resort in Tenerife which is Puerto de la Cruz.
Now Claude is not feeling as good as he used to do any more.
He had problems with arteries from his feet up. Two operations have not yet healed so well. That's just part of getting older. As long as he can, he will stay on the island is what he said.
Claude's retirement advice for advanced old age is to go back to your home country, unless you have family abroad with you.
But Claude doesn't want to go back to France I wrote the above entry more than a year ago. Although Claude gave this retirement advice he is not following it for himself. He is staying on in Tenerife despite his gravely diminished health. The other option would be to join a reputable retirement home in Tenerife.
A relatively new one is the Davida in La Paz Puerto de la Cruz. Signs pointing to it are near Jardin Botánico the Botanical Gardens of Puerto de la Cruz.This special park charges only Euro 2 for retired people or residens on the island. It is a pensioner's paradise for walking and resting in pristine gardens.
I wouldn't recommend the Martina Seniorenresidenz by Playa Martianez. Why? I've heard people who complained that the place isn't ideal for British people, as it seems to cater for Germans above all, while staff speaks little more than Spanish.
The Bee Hive Pub1 for sports in Puerto de la Cruz is one of the established Tenerife bars. It provides a popular hangout for British expats screening live Soccer, Cricket, Rugby and other sports.
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