It’s no wonder the Spanish despise us so much. On our latest holiday to Estepona it truly was an embarrassment to be British. We witnessed so many children disrespecting their surroundings and the environment. Breaking bits off rocks to take home as memorabilia, even killing jellyfish! We saw a group of teenagers, who really should have known better, chopping jellyfish in half and drop kicking them back in to the sea. Something which they found hilarious. There was even one child running around with a dead octopus on her head! This was all taking place on one beach in the same afternoon. With their parents sitting there oblivious. The lack of respect for a foreign environment was disturbing. It’s not just the obvious respect that we need to teach our children; ‘don’t harm living creatures for fun’, ‘don’t chop them up and drop kick them in to the sea’. They also need to know the ramifications of taking things away from their natural habitats. The beautiful surroundings of a coastline can be breathtaking to look at and I know it’s tempting to take a bit home with you. If every single one of us started chipping a bit of rock away every time we visit the sea side though there’d be nothing left! Yes I know, it’ll all be gone one day anyway but if you take that mindset you might as well just be killing everyone because they’ll all be gone one day too 😛
We have so many “Proud to be British” people complaining about foreigners ruining “their” country and yet we blatantly have no respect ourselves. I know the parents of these specific children are very unlikely to see this post but if they do happen to read it I want them to know how ashamed they should feel. There is no excuse for harming a living defenseless creature, all children should be taught to have this kind of respect from the earliest age.
I suppose some people will read this and ask if I actually intervened, did anything to stop this? Unfortunately no I didn’t. I’m not great with confrontation and if their children’s actions are anything to go by then I certainly had no desire to meet the parents.
Don’t ever let anyone make you think you’re not good enough.
Follow your dreams right now! Don’t wait until tomorrow,
next week, next year. Stop planning, start doing 🙂