“Whats it REALLY Like Living And Working In Spain “
Below are a few important things that you must know and have when thinking of a Move To Spain as well as a few tips that i have picked up along the way after moving here over 15 years ago now and being married to a Spanish girl for the last 4 years. Spain is a great place to live and it has so much to offer but if you do not do a little homework First….it could all go bad…..
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My morning view and breakfast in my local beach bar
1: Learn Spanish.
About 90% of the British people i know here don't speak any Spanish apart from the very basics and i mean basics. Even though they have been here for many years. They mix with other British expats and therefore don't even practice what they do know.
If you are going to live in a new country you should learn their language even if it takes time.
There is a British club here and they all meet every week and chat about life in general but they are really just in their own little world. The main topics are how to get English TV here and where is the cheapest bars and restaurants.
I understand that it is not in our nature as Brits to learn a different language but will really need to start learning if we really want to enjoy the Spanish way of life and not just the sun.
Many British come here to live without doing any research on the area they are going to live in. They see it on TV or maybe have a weeks holiday here and then just pack up and move here.
When i first moved here i worked as a builder for many of these new arrivals and they all seem to think that they were going to have no problems starting a new business or finding work here.
The area i live in is seasonal and in the winter months it is very quiet here so things like this are important if you are starting a business or looking for work.
With the internet now it is possible to find out a lot about the place you are going to long before you move there.
Its hard to know just what the place is going to be like until you actually live there so why not rent first for at least a week and don't spend that time in the local bar but get out and about to see what is really like there and maybe come in the winter and not summer as things may be very different then.
3: Mix with the locals.
Now i am married to a Spanish girl and see both sides of life here both the British and the Spanish and have found that most Brits stay with Brits and don't have many Spanish friends, maybe because they don't learn the language.
You need to mix with Spanish people like going to their clubs and bars and joining in activities that they do not just the weekly days out with the British crowd. By meeting and joining in with these locals you will see a new side of Spain.
OK so what do i mean by this.
Well i remember the first year i was here and went to a bar near the beach that is right in the middle of the square and has many visitors from all countries. I had a bit to eat and a beer but when looking through the menu didn't really see much there i fancied but it was all good.
As i sat there i saw a crowd of Local people about 12 all sitting at a long table and having all kinds of different dishes, I thought it was a birthday party of some kind.
Anyway several years later I found myself at the same bar in the village square but this time i was with about 10 Spanish people who were part of my walking group that i had joined.
We stopped there for lunch and out came all the different plates of food one by one. As the table filled up with food of all sorts and jugs of beer, I look over to the side and saw 4 English people sitting there with a burger and chips in front of each of them and they were looking at us just as i did all those years ago.
We had a great time and amazing food, this is the side of Spain you are missing out on if you don't mix with locals.
These are my tips that i have found really helped me to see and enjoy a better life style here and if you take these tips and use them i am sure your stay will be a lot different.
Me skiing just 2 hours up the road from the beach..
If you are a British citizen or British subject with right of abode in the UK, you do not require a visa to Move To Spain. Other British nationals should confirm the current entry requirements with their nearest Spanish Embassy.
A valid British passport must be held for entry to and exit from Spain. There is no minimum passport validity requirement but you should ensure that your passport is valid for the duration of your visit.
This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing in Spain, including British and Spanish pension and benefits entitlements, and vehicle and driving licence laws.
You Need An NIE
What is an NIE and who needs it?…
Now the NIE (Número de Identificación de Extranjero) is a Spanish tax identification number assigned by the Spanish authorities to any foreigner.
This number is unique and personal and is used as a way of tracking an individual's financial and official activities in Spain. It is a legal requirement for all resident and non-resident foreigners with financial, professional or social affairs in Spain – regardless of whether they are EU citizens or from a non-EU country.
The NIE is the equivalent of a Spaniards Número de Identificación Fiscal (NIF) which serves as a fiscal identification number. The CIF number (Certificado de Identificación Fiscal) is equivalent to the NIF, but applies to companies rather than individuals.
The NIE is essential for any fiscal transactions in Spain where money is paid to the Spanish Inland Revenue office. The NIE should be quoted in all dealings with tax authorities. The number appears on all documents issued in Spain and always starts with an ‘X’ followed by seven numbers and a letter. The number is non-transferable and it does not expire.
This is what you need the NIE For:
- Open a bank account
- Buy, sell or insure property
- Arrange credit terms or a mortgage
- Pay taxes
- Be paid for employment
- Use short-term employment agencies
- To study
- Apply for a business permit and start a business
- Register with social services and arrange receipt of social security benefits
- Apply for a driver's licence
- Arrange any utility account except for pre-paid mobile phones
- Inherit assets
How to apply for residencia
In order to obtain your residency and NIE, you have to apply at the nearest Oficina de Extranjeros. You then receive your Tarjeta de Residencia in a few weeks, although this process can take many months.
Since each Oficina de Extranjeros processes candidates locally, the time spent both waiting in line at the office and waiting for your Tarjeta de Residencia can vary tremendously, even within the same city. It is therefore worth to ask people who have recently applied for a residency about their experiences.
A complete list of Oficinas de Extranjeros is available on the website of the Ministerio del Interior.
Also, note that the NIE can often be processed faster than the physical Tarjeta de Residencia, since it is issued before the actual production of the physical card. If you are in a hurry, it might therefore be worth to apply separately for the NIE and the Tarjeta, so you receive your NIE faster.
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Documents needed for application
Below are some documents you'll probably need to bring in order to apply for your residency. However, we haven't found any official listing of these, and you might be asked for different things in different locations (or even on different days). The best thing is to check with the local Oficina what they require exactly.
Documents needed by all applicants (EU and non-EU-citizens):
- Current passport and one photocopy 3 recent passport style photos with your name clearly written on the back
- The completed application form, plus 3 photocopies of it
Further documents that might be requested could include:
- A medical certificate depending on country of origin and recent residency
If a member of the family is Spanish (or has residency):
- Your Libro de Familia and DNI (or Residency Card) of that family member
- Medical insurance
For specific circumstances, the following may apply:
- If you will be working for someone: a contract of employment. If you will be self-employed: documents that prove you fulfil the requirements necessary to undertake that activity.
- If you will not be working: documents that prove you have enough money to live during your time in Spain, plus medical insurance.
- If you are studying in Spain: proof of matriculation in an accredited school, plus documents that prove you have enough money to live during your time in Spain, plus medical insurance.
Looking For Work In Spain
The Normal working hours in Spain are from 7:30 -2pm with about 2 hours for lunch and then from 4pm until 9 or even 10pm. Form the British a working day is from 9-5 with a few short breaks thrown in along the way but most finish at 5pm or 6pm at the latest.
The money also here is much lower than that of the UK so it takes some getting use to when you first start working here.
1. The most important thing above all in my mind, is to learn some Spanish, even before you come and live here. So many people don't even bother to learn the basics and that is what really holds them back. OK there are many Spanish people who now speak English but you will have a greater chance of finding a job if you just learn some Spanish.
2. Even before you decide on moving to Spain, do some research on the area first, as many areas in Spain tend to shut down for the winter months and there are fewer jobs in these areas that are all year round, plus even if you get a job in that area, you will have to reapply again the following season for the same job.
3. Your CV needs to be in English and Spanish as even if your new employer speaks English, his partners may not and companies always keep a copy of your CV on file so making it easy for others to read is important, also a great idea that I have used in the past is this, if you see a company or place that you think that you would like to work for, even if they are not advertising for staff, send them a copy of your CV and follow it up a few days later with a visit or call. So many times I did this and it seemed to make the company think that may be they could use me for something and I got a job that was not even advertised.
If you lay out in your CV just what you could do for that company and your past skills that would benefit them, you will be surprised at how many calls I got for an interview.
Remember that moving to Spain is great and sitting on the beach all day at the weekends with a cold drink is nice but when you come here and are looking for work here you need to change the way you are thinking and it is possible to enjoy the sunny warm days and nights here as well as living a better way of life but just by following my 3 Things To Do When Looking For Work In Spain, you will stand a better chance of finding that perfect job and living the life you want in this amazing part of the world.
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Schools In Spain
- Ok so you´ve just landed in Spain and would like to enrol your children in school, you need to know what different types of schools there are in order to find the right one for your family. Keep reading to discover all the ins and outs of early education in Spain.Education in Spain has changed dramatically, for better, in the last 20 years. Just the fact that religion and co-ed is now an option even in state schools is a great improvement.
- Yes, its performance in math, reading and science in general are below the average but now, you can choose from a variety of public, private and even international schools. You can in fact, home school your child, if you prefer, something that was simply “out of the question” before.The Ministry of Education in Spain is responsible for…yes, education.
- But each autonomous region makes the vast majority of decisions as to what happens in their education system.State schools are free in Spain from preschool until students turn 18, but in some regions parents must pay for books and extra-curricular activities.
- Remember that depending on where you live, some state schools in Cataluña, Galicia and even the Balearic Islands teach most subjects in their language or dialect.
- School is compulsory for all children living in Spain (ages 6 to 16 years old) and although schools have an obligation to help foreign students integrate and must provide specific programs to their daily activities, the majority of foreign families prefer to send their children to an international school, at least until they dominate Spanish and are familiar with life in Spain.
- For you to get a clear idea on how the education system in Spain is structured, take a look below:
- Educación infantil: nursery and preschool: optionalThe first six years of education is divided into nursery school (guardería) and preschool (escuela infantil). Both can be public or private.If your kids are still at this age, nurseries and preschools are a fantastic way to introduce them to Spanish language and culture.Educación Primaria:
- Primary School: compulsoryPrimary school is also known as escuela or colegio. Children begin primary school in Spain at age 6, but this depends on when they were born. Primary School in Spain has three cycles:The first one is for children ages 6 to 8The second cycle is for kids age 8 to 10
- The third cycle is for kids 10 to 12In regards to homework, expect your kids to start from the very first year onwards and remember, exams with grades begin during the third year.Subjects they will learn include: Spanish language, Maths, Biology, History, Geography, Physical Education and a foreign language.
- Think French or Chinese.Educacion Secundaria or ESO: Secondary education – compulsorySecondary education in Spain is divided into 2 and includes optional classes such as music. If kids don´t reach the expected level, they repeat a year, but in secondary classes, they cannot repeat more than twice.
- Once they graduate, they´ll be given a certificate and will be able to move on the Bachillerato and college, university or they can chose to study vocational training or even a blend of both.Teamwork and a more holistic view of education is another breakthrough in education in Spain although some schools still maintain the old-school way of learning and teaching.
- Make sure you visit the school and talk to the director about their methods and techniques.Subjects your kids will learn in secundaria include: Natural Sciences, Math, Spanish language, Social Science, Art, Music, Sports and Technology, as well as second languages.Bachillerato: Upper secondary education: optional
- THE SCHOOL WEEK AND ACADEMIC SCHOOL YEAR
- The school week depends largely on each school and region. But most kids in primary school go from 9am until noon and then back from 3 to 5pm. You´ll have the option of sending your child to school with a packed lunch or if you prefer, you´ll have the option of school lunch (comedor).Secondary school hours are from 8:30am approximately to 5:30pm.
- The academic school year begins mid September and ends towards mid June with a 2-week break for Christmas, 1 week break for Easter or Spring holiday. Make sure you check the school calendar as schools are closed on national public holidays as well as holidays celebrated in autonomous regions. And in Spain, there are many of these.
Buying In Spain
- After living in Spain for more than 15 years now, I have done both – I have bought property, and I have rented. There are reasons for choosing either option, Here are my pros and cons of the different possibilities.
- The majority of expats decide to buy, having decided on their preferred location. Sometimes though, you only discover the downside of an area or particular district after you have parted with your money and moved in. I would advise anyone to consider renting for a limited period of three months before buying, to discover all the aspects of the town, urbanisation or village and its surroundings. If that sounds like too long a time, rent for at least 6 weeks – preferably in the off season, so you can see what life is like when most tourists have gone and life has slowed down.
- Remember some places shut down for the winter months and are very quiet.
- The advantage of buying is that you can immediately start to make the property feel like home by renovating or changing things around precisely to your taste. It also becomes an asset to pass on to your children – but do check the local and national inheritance laws before you buy, as you may find it better to buy in a certain way to lessen the inheritance tax burden on your beneficiaries. Always seek professional advice.With planning permission, you may be able to extend your property to your needs – and whilst property prices in Spain have fallen in recent years, they will eventually increase in value. In fact, there are already signs of this, particularly in Madrid and Barcelona. It is still a good time to buy a property at the moment, which is another reason to take this route –especially if you are a cash buyer and don’t require a mortgage.Mortgages, they are hard to come by here in Spain, though the banks are promising to ease up and lend more. You will need at least a 20% deposit, mortgage rates are variable and currently very low indeed; you might feel this is an incentive to buy in Spain right now.Buying property of course incurs additional costs – count on around 12% of the purchase price to cover notary fees and taxes, plus agents’ fees, which are around 5%. There are also ongoing costs, such as IBI (similar to a community charge), home insurance, maintenance, and utility costs. If you buy to let, or decide to let out your home out to tourists, you will attract an income, which in some areas can be a very good income during the summer months. More and more local authorities require the owner to apply for a licence to let their property to tourists, so you should check this out with your agent before buying. Income tax will need to be paid on any rental income, whether you are a resident of Spain or the UK.Europeans are probably more keen on renting than British expats, but there are some clear advantages to it. Under new Spanish laws, long term leases are fixed at 3 years renewable; and there are rules in place obliging landlords to maintain and repair rental properties. Rents are low here compared to the UK; and you can find a good 2/3 bedroom apartment for around 425 -500€ a month, with parking and in a block which may have a shared pool. Houses and villas will cost from 750€ upwards a month. You will be asked for a deposit of one or two months’ rent, which should be returned to you when you leave – providing the property is in the same condition as it was in when you took on the lease. Most rental properties are furnished, but there are some very attractive unfurnished ones to be found, mostly recently built.Since the landlord must maintain the property, this is one less cost for the tenant. In some leases, the IBI is shared between the landlord and tenant, and in others, either will pay. There is usually a community charge, unless the property is an individual house, not on an urbanisation. By the way, the community charge also applies to owners as well as tenants.
- Usually one or two months’ notice must be given in writing if you wish to leave, but generally you are free to move without the worry of having to sell first. Some people like this idea of freedom of movement.My personal opinion is to rent for at least 3 to 6 months before you buy. Thats is what i did and found out that the place i first wanted to stay was not really for me.
- I now live in a different area.
New regulations for EU driving licences in Spain
If you are an EU/EEA national living in Spain, new driving regulations implemented in 2015 could force you to obtain a Spanish licence.
- Personal note here……
- I have a Spanish driving Licence and its easy to get and when i travel around the world including going to the UK for a visit i often hire a car and have never had any problems..
- For foreign nationals living in Spain from the European Union (EU) or the European Economic Area (EEA) – EU plus Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway – the Spanish government has approved new regulations that require those who have become Spanish residents to obtain a Spanish licence.The new regulation forces EU nationals who are legal residents in Spain to get a Spanish licence, in part because some countries, such as the UK, don't require medical check-ups until you turn 70, and because some countries, such as Germany, issue driving licences that never expire. This law thus enables Spain to check the health conditions and ability of foreign drivers in Spain.As of 19 January 2015, European foreign residents living Spain are obliged to ‘renew' their European licences which will kick-start the process for obtaining a Spanish one – but not everyone has to do this.Who needs to renew their driver's licence?According to Article 15, paragraph 4 of the Spanish Regulation General Drivers, it is compulsory for drivers to renew their EU/EEA driving licences whose validity is:
- permanent (never expires);
- 15 years or more on date of issue for Group 1 (AM, A1, A2, A, B and BE);
- five years or more on date of issue for the Group 2 (BTP, C1, C1E, C, CE D1, D1E, D, DE).
In addition, the EU/EEA citizen must be living in Spain for more than two years.
Therefore, there are two different scenarios to which the new law applies:
- Holder of an EU/EEA driving licence that never expires or with a validity of 15 years or more for Group 1 (or five years or more for Group 2) and having Spanish residency since 19 January 2013 or before. In this case, you must renew your driving license starting on January 19, 2015.
- Holder of an EU/EEA driving licence that never expires or with a validity of 15 or more for Group 1 (or five years or more for Group 2) and having Spanish residency after 19 January 2013. In this case, you must renew your driving licence after having Spanish residency for two years or more.
In addition, holders of EU/EEA driving licences who have Spanish residency must also renew their driving licence if it’s already expired or close to the expiry date.
Deadline and penalty
The deadline to renew your driving licence is 1 January 2016. After this date, if you have not renewed your EU/EEA driving licence under the new regulation, you may be fined EUR 200. This new law does not apply to Swiss nationals.
Exchange or renew your EU driving licence?
Up until the new law came into effect there was only one procedure for EU/EEA nationals to obtain a Spanish licence without taking exams. This was called exchange (canje in Spanish). Generally, the licence exchange procedure was done voluntarily, when the expiry date was approaching, or the original driving licence was lost or stolen.
The new regulation on EU/EEA driving licences offers a new procedure for obtaining a Spanish licence (an alternative to exchanging your licence) but the outcome will be the same. In both situations you will obtain a Spanish driving licence, as long as you provide all the requirements and the country of origin certifies your driving licence as valid.
However, the licence ‘renewal' process has not eliminated or overwritten the licence ‘exchange' process. They both coexist, and EU/EEA nationals who are now obliged to obtain a Spanish licence can opt for either process.
These are some of the main differences:
Renewing your licence Exchanging your licence · Compulsory.
· Exclusive application form (Download it here).
· Tax: EUR 23.50 (2015 fee)
· Must have a medical certificate.
· Exclusive application form (Download it here).
· Tax: EUR 27.70 (2015 fee)
· A medical certificate is not required if:
– your Group does not fall into the new regulation.
– the licence is not close to expiring (at least around two years).
No matter if you renew or exchange your EU/EEA licence in Spain, you should give it plenty of time to do so.
Both procedures are usually done in two parts and can differ depending on the region where you are living in Spain. The following two points refer to the procedure carried out in the provincial offices of Murcia and Alicante, as an example (contact your nearest DGT office for the procedures specific to your area):
- Application forms, original documents and photocopies are delivered at the corresponding DGT office. Photocopies are validated with the original documents, and the originals will be returned. If everything is correct, the DGT office sends a request to validate your licence to your corresponding driving licence office in your country of origin.
- If your country confirms that you hold a valid driving licence, it will be notified to Spain. Afterwards, you will receive a letter from the DGT so that you can surrender your original driving licence. The Spanish DGT office provides you with a temporary driving licence (usually for three months) while the original one is processed. After a few weeks, the final, original Spanish driving licence will be sent to your home by post.
This process can take weeks, or even months. Start the process with a safe period of at least 6–8 months before your licence runs out.
The following chart contains just three examples to give you an idea of how exchanging or renewing your driving licence in Spain would be carried out.
Use this as an approach. In order to be completely sure of the process you should go to your DGT office in person (the best option) or visit the official DGT Website.
Driving licence 1
· Spanish residency:
· Licence issue date:
· Licence expiry date:
· Licences: B1/B
· Group 1
· Action: Licence must be renewed, as the holder has been a resident in Spain for more than two years and the licence has a validity of 35 years on Group 1 since it was last issued.
Driving licence 2
· Spanish residency: 01/02/2012
· Licence issue date: 12/07/2011
· Licence expiry date: 05/01/2021
· Licences: B1/B/C1
· Groups 1 and 2
· Action: Licence must be renewed, as the holder has been a resident for more than two years and the licence has a validity of 10 years for Group 2 since it was last issued.
Driving licence 3
· Spanish residency: 13/03/2009
· Licence issue date: 09/06/2007
· Licence expiry date: 24/06/2017
· Licences: A/B1/B
· Group 1
· Action: Licence must not be renewed yet. The holder has been a resident for more than two years, but this Group 1 licence has a total validity of 10 years. The holder can renew it near the expiry date in 2017. However, this licence can be ‘exchanged' anytime as a voluntary process.
Clarifying some general misconceptions
- You do not have to renew your EU/EEA licence in Spain just because you have Spanish residency – you must have been a resident for at least two years. Once you are under obligation to obtain a Spanish licence, you can opt to either exchange or renew your licence.
- This new regulation is not for all countries, only for those that are part of the EU/EEA. The ‘renew' law does not apply to Swiss nationals.
- You cannot exchange nor renew your EU/EEA licence without first having Spanish residency.
- If you only have an NIE number, this is not Spanish residency.
- If you only have ‘el padrón‘registration (local census), this is not Spanish residency.
- The medical certificateis not an examination designed to refuse people, but to measure their basic capabilities for driving in Spain. Once done, a certificate states how many years the driver has until their next check-up, or restrictions, if necessary.
- Once you get your Spanish driving licence, it will have to be renewed periodically according to Spanish law, depending on your age and health conditions.
- Exchanging non-European driving licences follow a different procedure. See Expatica's guide to exchanging a foreign driver's licenceor contact your nearest DGT office to obtain more details.
How to apply
To start the procedure (either renewal or exchange) remember that you must make an appointment online. Any processes in general (driving licences, vehicles, paying traffic offences, etc.) require an online appointment.
The tax cannot be paid in cash any longer, only by the three following methods:
- Online or call 060: you must have a special digital certificate. This option can be complex and time consuming. Either of the two following options will be much easier.
- Debit/Credit card: This is done at the DGT office where you’re doing your procedure, and the tax is paid right after public workers check that everything you are providing is correct.
- Back payment: Print out the 791 form, fill it out and take it to a Spanish bank. Don’t forget to put the right amount of money (see the chart above), as getting overpaid money refunded can be a hassle.
Although DGT is a national organisation, each provincial office acts as an autonomous entity, so the requirements and procedures in general could slightly vary from place to place. As such, it's important to enquire at your corresponding office with adequate time.
You will need to fill out an official form, available at the Jefaturas de Tráfico (Provincial Traffic Departments) or online at www.dgt.es, and collect the following documents:
- Proof of identity and residence – your NIE, passport or other ID
- Proof of residence, as specified by your local authority
- The original and a copy of your EU licence
- A medical fitness test issued by an Authorised Drivers Check Centre
- A recent photograph – 32x26mm
- Talón foto– this document must be filled in and signed within the appropriate box, obtained from the Jefatura de Tráfico (Provincial Traffic Departments)
- Fee of EUR 23.50 – there are three methods of payment; online at www.dgt.es, with a bank card at the Traffic Department or in cash at relevant financial institutions. Residents aged older than 70 do not have to pay a fee; drivers who are required to renew to their licence more frequently for medical reasons pay a reduced fee.
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Dont be a sheep
Expats Are Sheep…. well most of them
Is it true that all Expats Are Sheep? or is there out there are expats that have broken away from the mould.
OK so what do I mean ” Expats Are Sheep”? Well I moved here to Almeria in Spain over 12 years ago now and have seen many British people come and go in that time and this week I met up with 2 Retired British couples that i have known here as long as I have lived here.
They are really nice people and I have known both couples for the 12 years but in the last few years have not seen much of them.
This is why I say that Expats Are Sheep...
There are about 200 British expats that i know living here in My local town, ok so there may be more than that but these 200 are in a small club that meet up every week here.
From time to time i bump into these people out in the street or bar or shop and every time i meet one of them they all have the same things to tell me.
- Here is example 1:Here in Almeria a few months back the British tv became hard to get for some reason and everyone was talking about what they could do to get a better signal, The 3 weeks after this tv problem I kept getting the same question, “What have you done to get a better tv signal” Well i am now married to a Spanish girl and watch spanish tv most of the time so if i cant get British tv its not the end of the world for me.Instead of trying to get British tv here in Spain, why not try and learn Spanish as most of these expats have been here for over 10 years and still haven't bothered to learn the Langauge.
Expats Are Sheep
The British speaking garage. Here in my town there are many local garages that repair cars and do services but nearly all the expats here go to the same garage where they have an English guy working for them. The first year I arrived here i too went to this garage and after getting ripped off for work that was done badly, I never returned. This garage is well known by the local Spanish as being very expensive and as the expats know now better they keep on going to the same garage. The other day i heard 2 different people tell me that they had trouble with their cars after this garage had done the work so they went back and he did more work to fix the problem and charged them again. “AND THEY PAID..Again.”
This is where learning some Spanish would have been a help and given them more opportunities.
At first i felt sorry for these people when they tell me the problems with the car, but they still go back, I guess its because they are afraid to go elsewhere.
Expats Are Sheep
British Bars In Spain: Ok so if you have a local thats great and i too like certain bars here where i go more often than others but Many of these expats here go to the same bar for coffee in the mornings and a beer at lunch time and again in the evening day after day week after week.
There is one British bar that is very popular here but just next door to that bar is a Spanish bar that has REAL taps and the price is cheaper too but none of the expats ever go in there and try it WHY????
If you are going to Move To Spain, Spain is a great place to live and has so much to offer if you just try and get out of the flock.
The first 2 years I lived here i did go to these places too but soon found them boring and full of the same old gossip. Now being married to a Spanish girl we never go to these places except if one of my Spanish friends wants to try an English breakfast or practice their English which is about once every 2 months or less.
The main reason these expats are not venturing out to greener pastures is because they won't learn some basic Spanish and this i think is sad.
Just by getting away from the expat crowd once in a while is going to open up new opportunities to meet and make new Spanish friends. Why is it that expats always seem to go with the crowd….Are they just sheep or are they afraid to try new things.
Where is the Conquer the World British spirit? did they leave it back in Britain?
Will you fall into the “SHEEP MODE”
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