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  1. Paul Graham
    June 12, 2014 @ 7:43 pm

    I really like the idea of custom drawings to identify place settings. Makes the hosts think about something distinctive to each guest and makes each guest aware of the hosts’ perceptions. Agree that local cuisine is one of the best ways to acclimatise and helps with both the culture and the language.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 12, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

      We like the idea of custom drawings too. If only they were more flattering. Thanks for commenting, Paul.

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  2. wanderingeducators
    June 12, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

    Lovely!! Great tips for besides marrying in!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 12, 2014 @ 11:44 pm

      Marrying is easier. It’s staying together that’s tougher. Thanks for your feedback, Jessie.

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  3. noel
    June 12, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

    All excellent ways to assimilate into a small place and quickly become a part of that area, all great tips to really being a part of any new environment especially marrying a local.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 12, 2014 @ 11:43 pm

      Thank you, Noel. It is a small area. Roughly the same size as Greater London.

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  4. Four easy ways to go local on Gran Canaria | Up...
    June 12, 2014 @ 8:19 pm

    […] It was what alcoholics refer to as a moment of clarity. We were appropriately enough drinking a cubata, local Arehucas rum and imported coke, at the time. Hold on a darn minute, we thought to …  […]

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  5. Cat Gaa
    June 12, 2014 @ 9:25 pm

    I can’t agree more – feeling ‘afincada’ doesn’t need to take a long time, but you have to open to it, willing to do a little leg work and, most of, all, WANT to.
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  6. Casey @ A Cruising Couple
    June 13, 2014 @ 4:46 pm

    Great tips! Having been an expat before, I know it’s all to easy to not go local and get stuck hanging out and doing the same things you would back home, just abroad with fellow expats. Can’t believe how small the area actually is!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 13, 2014 @ 6:21 pm

      Thanks, Casey. We live in the less touristy/expat-scarce north. Which makes going local a survival technique as much as a lifestyle choice.

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  7. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    June 14, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing these great tips about how to go local. I usually think of joining a club when wanting to meet new people nearby, but I never thought of applying that principal to a new country. There may come a time, many years from now, when we leave the USA and your suggestions will definitely come in handy!
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 14, 2014 @ 8:02 pm

      We’re here to help. Our (night)clubbing days may be behind us, but hopefully we’ll enjoy a social life for many years to come. Thanks for your lovely feedback, Mary.

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  8. Penny Sadler
    June 14, 2014 @ 11:07 pm

    I’ve never been an expat but these are definitely all the scenarios I would think of maybe with the exception of joining a club. Good idea! The marriage part might be a bit tricky too.
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  9. Micki
    June 15, 2014 @ 1:17 am

    I’d love to try the papas arrugadas. As a vegetarian myself, I had a bit of a challenge finding veggie friendly options beyond the manchego cheese, baguette and olive oil sandwiches I found in most cafes in Andalusia.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 15, 2014 @ 4:09 am

      You’ll love gofio then, Micki. But try it as a dessert rather than a fish stock.

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  10. Aleah | SolitaryWanderer.com
    June 15, 2014 @ 5:31 am

    I would love to do number one. haha Failing that, I can go via loving the cuisine there instead. Less complications I suppose. :p
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 15, 2014 @ 5:35 am

      1 is easy enough to begin with, but gets progressively harder. Good luck, Aleah.

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  11. Terry at Overnight New York
    June 16, 2014 @ 3:27 pm

    Yikes — marrying in seems like a big step, but I think I could handle the language and food parts of the drill. Clubbing, too! And I could definitely handle the sunshine.
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 16, 2014 @ 3:42 pm

      Well, it’s simple as saying “I Do”, Terry. Yes, the sun’s definitely much shining in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. We will be visiting some beaches tomorrow, but in a working capacity. To take photos rather than recline.

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  12. Travelogged
    June 20, 2014 @ 5:26 pm

    These are great tips! Can Americans join the British Club? I’m sure there are hardly any Americans on the island, right?
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 20, 2014 @ 5:32 pm

      Thanks, Liz. Of course they can and we do know of at least one American member. And we’ve enjoyed reading all about two US expats’ sabbatical year on the island: http://mycanarytales.com/. Shame it’s coming to an end. We’ll miss you, guys.

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  13. Satu VW / Destination Unknown
    June 20, 2014 @ 8:25 pm

    Playa del Inglés… I have hazy memories of that spot from when I graduated and traveled there with a friend of mine for a week of partying… Alas, it is very interesting to hear your take of making a very touristy destination home. I look forward to reading more! 🙂
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    • Gran Canaria Local
      June 20, 2014 @ 8:31 pm

      Well, we’re big fans of the beach, Satu, less so than of the resort. And although we live in the island’s original resort, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, it’s definitely less touristy than the south. Stand by for a new blog post going live shortly.

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