Moving To Spain
If you are thinking of Moving To Spain soon then Here are 3 great tips when Moving To Spain.
There are now more than 300,000 Registered Britain's now living in Spain and each year that number is growing and one of the main reasons is the wet, windy and cold weather. As Spain has mostly all year round sunshine and very low rain fall.
This year will be my 15th year living in Almeria Spain since my move from Brighton on the south coast of England and this August i will be celebrating my 4th wedding anniversary with my new Spanish wife.
So over these 15 years i have seen it all and lived and worked among both British families and Spanish ones so can give some great tips for what to do and what not to do if you are thinking of moving to sunny Spain in the near future.
All to often I see brits move back to the UK with a lot less money in their pockets after trying to make a life here and many just do not follow any of these tips set out below so now you can take some advice from someone who has lived and worked here for 15 years and is now married to a Spanish woman and has mostly Spanish friends.. these tips if followed will really help you and will give you the edge over those who just think it will be ok..
Moving To Spain
LEARN SPANISH… The first few years here i was like many other Brits who move here and i could not speak Spanish, I think in general we Brits are lazy when it comes to learning a new language as we expect other countries to speak English and many of them do but this is not the way to think. I did find many things hard and had to pay People who could speak Spanish to help me for many months when i first moved here, things like buying an apartment and a car as well as all the little things that are so important when you first move here like connecting the services, water and light, bank accounts and setting up direct payments for services, All these things have to be done at local government buildings where most people do NOT speak English or if they do its very little.
If you can start to learn even a few basic words before you move to Spain then this will help you no end once you arrive here. It will also mean that you do not have to pay someone else, as i did to do it for you, so it will save you money.
Below me and a few friends at a local Spanish fiesta near my home
My Spanish friends and i out walking in the hills of Almeria southern Spain.
I have see so many British people move here that are setting up a business like a bar and they cant speak much Spanish so they have to employ Spanish speaking people to work for them and this eats into their profits and often starts other problems as these helpers become invaluable and the owners are even less motivated to learning Spanish.
Even if you are retiring here then please start to learn before you come and continue once you are here as it will make such a difference in the way of life you have here.
One way i found really great to learn Spanish was with tapes in my car, as you spend a lot of time in the car so just pop in a tape even a basic one as you drive around on your daily tasks it really starts to sink in. Learn the numbers and days of the week things like that are a great way to get started.
INTEGRATE with the locals… Once you are in Spain it is important to mix with the local people. By this i do not mean have a few beers at the local bar, although this can be a great place to start. So many Brits in Spain stay in their little groups like a mini England and go out a few times a week to the same bars and restaurants with the same old people week after week and although at first it can be a great way of finding out all the local info fast, it really will hold you back over time.
Join a Spanish club or take up classes of some kind in Spanish groups where there are no or few English, this way you will have to learn and practise your SpanishFor me after struggling for a few years i did join a Spanish walking group and we headed out once a week for long country walks into the hills of Spain and ended up in some remote bar having great tapas and chatting with new friends every week. This way my Spanish improved slowly but on a positive track.
Me out on my motor bike enjoying the warm sunshine near my local beach.
I also started salsa dancing classes or was rather pushed into it by some of my new Spanish friends i met on the walks. This is where i met my now Spanish wife and when i first started salsa dancing i loved the music and the atmosphere so much that i went around 4 times a week.
Also back then i was working as a carpenter and once i started to mix more with the Spanish people i started to get more work from them and this helps a lot as those who do not speak Spanish are set to work only for the English so limit your clients no end.
Whats it really like living in sunny Spain see below…
Moving To Spain
Local is Everything…Choosing the right location is very important and is quite different in each case. What are you moving here for? is it for work or to retire and relax or just a holiday home?
Many places in Spain close down for the winter and although it is still warm and sunny here even in December, many local towns shops and bars will close for a few months over the winter time so if you are looking for work in these places then you will not have much luck in these months. If you are retiring to a nice quiet town then this may be difficult to get about in the winter times as many of the out of town roads can get flooded. The local shops where you buy weekly supplies from may close for upto 3 months so these are things to think about.
In the main towns like Malaga, Barcelona, Alicante and Benidorm things are mostly open year round but these are much more populated areas.
Just think about what it is you will be doing once you are in Spain and this will help you decide where is best for you.
My view over breakfast in my local beach bar just 10 mins from my house.
Also remember that in the south of Spain like Malaga and Almeria, where i now live, the summers are very hot and some times a bit much, Last year we have over 100* here for about 5 days on the trot and it was hard going even for me. Climate is a factor you need to think about when moving to Spain, yes the sun is great but months on end with no rain can be hard going especially when you first move here. There are very different climates in Spain from north to south so just do a little research firs it goes a long way.
If you are Moving To Spain I hope these tips have helped and I have a FREE Info page where you can see all the things you need to do when moving to Spain see here <INFO PAGE>
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