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Living in Spain since 1998, the expat life has its ups and downs. Things aren´t always simple when you live in another country. Different ideas, different cultures and foods. On this blog I like to share advice as a long term expat to help people looking to move abroad. Often the move is maade with the best intentions but learning the local language is harder than it seems. As a bilingual speaker in Spanish and English I try to see both sides of the coin and suggest solutions that can work for both sides.

Expat Life style

There is a saying in Spanish ´hablando se entiende la gente´  speaking makes you understand people  this is useful when thinking about adjusting to a new life abroad. IF you cannot speak to the locals of course it makes everything much more complicated. Over the years here I have seen people come and go.

I try to give a grounded realistic approach and keep the romantic ideas of an eternal holiday at bay. In Spain we do live in the sunshine most of the year but we still have to clean the house and work every now and then. Expat Life can be very rewarding especially on a cultural level. Learning a second or third language is a huge benefit for your brain and possibly your career but it may not come easy at first. Learning a new language takes a lot of time and discipline. Total immersion is one of the best ways to accelerate this process of course.

Navigating Potential Pitfalls of Buying Property in Spain

Setting out on a new experience like Purchasing Property in Spain can be daunting. Not only does it come with the responsibility of a dream home or making sound investment. Spain, known for its stunning scenery, rich culture, and sunny climate, has attracted property buyers from …

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What to know about Staying in Spain – Relocate as a US Citizen

Need to get away for a while? What you need to know about staying in Spain The best things about living in Spain such as football, tapas and summer siestas are real benefits. However there are a few things that aren´t well understood.  Spain was not …

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Alternatives to Banks for International Money Transfers

There are many reasons for transferring money abroad. Some use international money transfers to complete overseas investments, while others are purchasing property in other countries. Paying for services or products outside the country or maybe supporting a family member who lives overseas. When most people think …

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Spanish Christmas Lottery – Why is it such a big tradition?

If you spend any amount of time in Spain, in December you will notice that everyone starts selling Christmas Lottery tickets. It´s quite a phenomenon. When you go to the hairdressers, the gym, any shop… most local businesses have their own number. The Spanish lottery is …

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An English Teacher Abroad – The Journey into Spanish Life

Since the late 20th century, teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) abroad has attracted many individuals seeking a transformative and culturally enriching experience. The appeal lies in the opportunity to explore new and diverse cultures, connect with students from different backgrounds, and immerse yourself in …

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Expat Gifts for Family Abroad, Frequent Travellers + Overseas Friends

Planning ahead of time at Christmas helps to keeps the chaos under control. Expat gifts for friends and family who live overseas may need early planning. I like to book delivery as soon as I can to keep my stress levels down over the festive season. …

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Be Kind to Yourself – Tips to get Back to Midpoint

This year has been another tough year for everyone. Challenging times with the Cost of Living crisis, tragic news coming from Ukraine, Israel, Libya and Morocco. Perhaps you have been suffering from cutbacks at work or financial pressures like many across Europe. So even in post …

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