Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar

Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar

On Easter Sunday there were 30 of us gathered round a large table for lunch. Our group included families of different nationalities, all coming together in a local restaurant. In alphabetical order (seems fairer) there were:  Australian, Bolivian, English, Gibraltarian, Italian and Spanish. While we waited for our food, amid the noisy, comfortable chatter of good friends, I thought of a game: “what are the top ten best things about growing up in…..?” For the sheer fun of it, here’s my list:

Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar
  1. Laughing at English and Spanish jokes.

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    Photo: Shutterstock
  2. Eating turrón, polvorones and mince pies at Christmas

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  3. Living in a community that looks out for each other. If your child wanders off anywhere – e.g. on a packed beach in the summer – someone will probably know which family they belong to and will return them safely.

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    Photo: Shutterstock
  4. Enjoying a full English breakfast one day and churros the next.

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  5. Watching Spanish and British television and radio programmes; reading newspapers, magazines, books in both languages.

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    Photo: Shutterstock
  6. Admiring the view of two continents – Europe and Africa – from the same spot.

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    Photo: Shutterstock
  7. Living in a community where you feel safe, knowing you can walk home at night from anywhere on the Rock and you’ll be fine.

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  8. Delicious and varied local cuisine, a mixture of Genoese, Maltese and Spanish; plus the fresh fish and seafood in restaurants.

    Photo: Mama Lotties
    Photo: Mama Lotties
  9. Multi-religious and multi-ethnic communities happily coexisting in 6.8 square kilometres.

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    Photo: Gibraltar Photos
  10. It doesn’t rain often* – plan any event and you’re almost guaranteed good weather.

    Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar
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  11. Six safe, clean, beaches – ready-made playgrounds for children.

    Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar
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  12. You can get from A to B in less than 20 minutes.

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    Photo: Shutterstock
  13. The Gibraltar Confectionery deserves a category of its own. ‘Milhojas (millefeuilles) to die for.

    Photo: Polly Lavarello
    Photo: Polly Lavarello
  14. The beauty and diversity of its flora, fauna and marine life – Dolphin Safari anyone?

    Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar
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  15. Stalactites and stalagmites – you know which is which thanks to the magnificent St Michael’s Cave.

    Top 10 things about growing up in Gibraltar
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  16. The amusement of watching outsiders trying to place a Gibraltarian accent – “no, it’s not Welsh or South African, think again!”

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    Photo: Shutterstock

I should have known I couldn’t stick to just ten.

*When it rains, it pours!

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  1. I only wish wish that the hotel prices (for a week) where cheaper. As an ex serviceman I would like to visit all the places that my wife and two children know of. A lot of places have changed alot

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  2. Thanks for sharing this. My dad is from Gibraltar (moved to the US when he was 12) and I still have a lot of family there, so it’s nice to learn more about it. These kind of things can only be learned from those who live there. Much gratitude!

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  3. Hy Lynne all I can say about my Rock is that its Beautiful clean n safe, u can go out no matter what time it is during the day early hours at night, all good n my Son lives there he has 4 restaurants n he loves it there with his wife n his kids. GIBRALTAR is the best place for going on Holiday and u can use the same money as over here what can be better than that love you all that love Gibraltar xxxx

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  4. Yes, its definitely a wonderful place to live in. But for me apart from everything you mentioned is the fact that I can enjoy all the marvels that Andalucia has to offer at the drop of a hat (though not always!!!).

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  5. I agree with all of uour reasons helen thats why i’m still here after 47 years, i was so lucky to have found my little bit of heaven on earth!!!

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  6. Love our Rock ,love our people and love our Gibraltar ,once you visit us you fall in love with the place and thanks Helen for the work you do ,❤️🇬🇮🇬🇧

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