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The Curmudgeon

The curmudgeon is a miserable sod. He likes to have a moan. He tackles subjects which many foreigners living in Spain agree with but are too polite to say anything.

After a 30-year career in education, I moved to Spain and became ..... a waiter!
Monday, January 23, 2023 @ 4:45 PM

By The Curmudgeon

Yes, after early retirement I moved to Spain in 2008 and became a waiter.

At the bank, the gestoría, hacienda, the doctor's, dentist, optician and pharmacy, and the worst of the lot, the policía nacional. Wherever I go, I always have to wait. I’m a waiter.

It happens at the airport too: at security, to board the plane and at passport control.

Before Covid-19, and during the lockdown and afterwards, when you had to get a dreaded cita previa, even for the most trivial of matters, you had to wait. The appointments were timed, but they still ran late so you were still a waiter.

Today I am sitting in the comisaría de policia waiting to make a denuncia. As I write, I’ve been a waiter for three quarters of an hour. I’ve been on my mobile phone, catching up with emails and looking at my WhatsApp and Facebook messages. I made and received several phone calls. But I’m running out of things to do.

Shall I go outside for a cigarette? I don’t smoke!

Go for a coffee? Nip to the loo? If I do, I’ll lose my place.

Oh, well, I’ll just have to sit and wait. I could twiddle my thumbs, but that’s not much fun.


Oh, at long last, movement! The people before me have left the “denuncias” office and have gone, so it must be my turn. I’ve now been a waiter for one hour and 20 minutes.

Another 20 minutes and my denuncia is done. Now I need a cita previa with Extranjería . Today is 23 January; the first available appointment is 14 February!

So, I’m back to being a waiter!


© The Curmudgeon


Tags: cita previa, comisaría, Covid-19, Curmudgeon, dentist, denuncia, doctor's, extranjería, gestoría, hacienda, optician, pharmacy, policia, policía nacional, waiter

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