Well, I don't quite know how to put this, so I'll tell you the plans:
My parents are seriously considering purchasing some (holiday) property in Spain; at the moment they are looking in Andalucia (Seville mainly) or around the Valencia area, their two favourite parts of Spain, having visited several times. They plan to buy an appartment or small-ish villa, and they've had a fair few viewings and liked some of the places they've seen. It'd be somewhere we could all go during summers and somewhere they may eventually retire to when the time comes.
However, upon telling some friends the plans, the same things keep getting said; "don't buy in Spain, everyone is so racist there." Now, I don't know what to make of this; I've only been once, five years ago, to Barcelona, and noticed nothing. I should just tell you, both my parents are English - my mum is black of Brazilian descent, and my father is half English, half Japanese. They've said they've not really noticed anything to support what my friends (and others) have said, so really, if they're happy, it shouldn't be an issue, but I can't help but be a bit worried. I have an Arab friend who studied in Madrid for six months and he said he'd never been treated so badly, so consistently in his life - and made NO friends; and this guy is like the nicest, most personable dude goin. So I'm a bit
Of course, I know problems like this exist everywhere, and that you can't paint everyone with the same brush - I'm sure they are racist people in Spain, just like everywhere else unfortunately - and that there are many, many who are not - and I'm sorry if this offends anyone - I just wondered if anyone had anything to say about this? Am I (and my friends) being totally hysterical over this (/unfair/exaggerating etc.) or is there a little bit of truth to it?