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Every time we walk along a beach, some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.

Loren Eiseley


Living next to the ocean is an overwhelming experience, even while on vacation. If you're planning to live near the beach, you must deal with the ubiquitous humidity and salt.

What's it like living by the ocean?


The sand... a lot of it...

Once you're used to it, you don't notice it that much, although I'm not a fan of the sound it makes when crushed by a foot on the floor ... but who cares about the details, especially since the wolf girl brings a lot of dirt with her shaking it off time and time again ... well, the vacuum cleaner comes in very handy ...

Get used to the Witcher Hairstyle ;)

You have to get used to the fact that styling your hair doesn't make sense. The wind and sun style it in their own way, fraying, fluffing, and gluing strands with salt and moisture.


Salt & Winds

Salt is carried by the wind as far as 500 meters from the coast, settling thickly on everything in the first 100 meters. Unprotected metal parts rust very quickly - leave the bike uncovered for a few days, orange screws and chain parts will decorate the whole thing very fast. I remember the first years of living by the sea and the surprises that came with it... I left a mop and a bucket outside for some time. When I grabbed the dagger after a few months, it fell apart in my hand, along with the strainer on the bucket, which also broke. All the brushes and sweepers lost their hair after lying in a corner for a few months. This is due to salt, which corrodes all metal parts, plastics, electronics, cables, lamps, and silver jewelry - it tarnishes and greens the skin.


Textiles must be kept in closed containers. If the house is well-heated and ventilated, there should be no problems. However, it is still possible in winter that without dehumidifiers or thermo-ventilation turned on, the house is quickly invaded by moisture. As it settles in for good, the musty smell can let it be known that a fungus wants to settle around the walls. Of course, there are ways to get rid of it... chemicals, vinegar, steam cleaning. You need to control the moisture index in the house because it also affects unprotected fruits, vegetables, baked goods, and food, which spoil at an express rate.


Nonetheless, I can no longer imagine living away from the sea, and if I move away it's only to return somewhere close to the waves ;)  


Un Saludo:)!

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About the Author

Dora Mandora - passionate about technology, photography, travel, sport and healthy living. Professionally: web & graphic designer and photographer. With camera in hand explores the Iberian Peninsula's southern reaches.


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