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Expat Experiences > Spain


Brooke Herron, Madrid

Posted by: Scar on Tuesday November 22, 2016 (10:42:27)   (733 Reads)
Brooke Herron
Who are you?

I’m a Californian, born and raised. I come from a 14 year professional background in the wine industry. I did study abroad in 2005 when I was 25 ( I went to school over many years due to not having enough $ to do it in four years or without loans and aid) in Italy.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Adele de Caso, Murcia

Posted by: scar on Tuesday December 08, 2015 (09:29:12)   (3186 Reads)
Adele & Jaime de Caso
Who are you?

I am Adele de Caso,and I live with my husband and three children in the Murcia region of Spain. I am an author, success coach and network marketing business owner.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

We first moved to Spain in 2006 just for a 9 month period. We wanted our children to be bilingual. Jaime is half Spanish but he was never taught the language when he was younger.   more ...

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Ali Meehan, Costa del Sol

Posted by: scar on Friday November 06, 2015 (11:00:20)   (2122 Reads)
Ali Meehan
Who are you?

My name is Ali Meehan, I live on the Costa del Sol and I am a serial expatiate keen to integrate and enjoy the culture of my wonderful new home country. As the founder of Costa Women, I am a social entrepreneur with the largest social networking community for women living in, or planning on relocating to Spain.

Costa Women won Best of British Social Club by The Telegraph and Expat Stars award from MyCurrencyTransfer.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Kelly McLachlan, Santa Pola

Posted by: Carole on Wednesday November 04, 2015 (08:33:49)   (2020 Reads)
Kelly McLachlan
My name is Kelly McLachlan. I moved to Spain with my friend to work a season at her uncle's restaurant back in 2003. It was only supposed to be for one summer and I'm still here...12 years later. The work was already there and we literally packed for just the summer. We were to move into the flat that her uncle owned for staff, so we were lucky that accommodation was taken care of for us.

We were in a predominantly expat area on an urbanization and had a LOT of Brits as neighbours. They were a friendly bunch, we all helped each other out as we were all in the same boat, so to speak.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Anne Pinder, Madrid

Posted by: Carole on Saturday February 07, 2015 (15:51:48)   (2377 Reads)
Anne Pinder
Who are you?

My name is Anne Pinder, originally from central Iowa (USA), but after more than half my life in Madrid at least partly Spanish. I love hiking, cycling, reading and discovering new places.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

My first trip to Spain was a study abroad program. I came back in 1978, never knowing I’d stay for more than thirty years!

What challenges did you face during the move?   more ...

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Cat Gaa, Seville

Posted by: Carole on Saturday March 01, 2014 (17:44:24)   (3425 Reads)
Cat Gaa
Who are you?

My name is Cat Gaa, and I'm a Chicagoan who moved to Seville, Spain. I'm a Jill-of-all-Trades: I teach, I write, I translate and I'm working on setting up a business!

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I finished university in 2007 and wanted to move abroad for a year to improve my Spanish and travel. I had previously studied abroad, but didn't get everything out of it that I wanted. I applied to a work exchange program for teachers and was placed in a school 15 kilometers west of Seville. I've been living and working here since.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Elle Draper, Almeria

Posted by: Carole on Sunday February 16, 2014 (23:54:10)   (6513 Reads)
Elle Draper
Who are you?

My name is Elle Draper, and I live in a little converted farmhouse on the side of a valley in Almeria, in Andalucia - Southern Spain. I live here with my partner, Alan, and our three very enthusiastic rescue dogs These are Guido (Chief of Security / G Unit), a Beagador. Pepper (Big Face / Big Black Bear), a Labrador, and Billy (Billster / Ginger / Benjamin Button), a boxer.

Originally I hail from Southsea, Hampshire although I was actually born in York. Together with Alan, I provide web design, online marketing and search engine optimisation services (getting sites to number one in Google for example).   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Molly Sears-Piccavey, Granada

Posted by: Carole on Friday February 07, 2014 (23:15:03)   (4956 Reads)
Molly Sears-Piccavey
Who are you?

I was born in a Nottinghamshire village in England. I work in the technology sector and in my spare time I enjoy blogging, tweeting and reading.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

I moved to Spain in May 1998. First I lived in Barcelona for many years and then in 2006 I moved to Granada, Andalusia.

What challenges did you face during the move?

The initial move from UK to Barcelona was not too traumatic as I had the support of a local Barcelona family who I already knew.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Alan Parks and Lorna Penfold, Montoro

Posted by: Carole on Thursday December 06, 2012 (18:21:03)   (5904 Reads)
Lorna and Rafa
We are Alan Parks and Lorna Penfold, and we live in an old Olive Mill in the countryside surrounding Montoro in the province of Cordoba, Andalucia.

We moved here in January 2008, having only decided the previous June that we would move. Lorna was a competitive dance teacher for 30 years but was diagnosed with Sarcoidosis, and was struggling with work, so we decided to make a change. You can read Lorna’s story here.

The crisis was a big problem for us. The day we put our house in the UK on the market was the day the queues started forming outside the banks.   more ...

Expat Experiences > Spain


Gordon, Almeria

Posted by: Carole on Friday January 27, 2012 (08:43:25)   (5174 Reads)
Gordon's house in Lucainena de las Torres
My name is Gordon and I moved to Spain in July 2003 with my new wife Chris to start a new life.

We initially moved to a place inland from Alicante called Castalla but have moved several times since, mainly due to work. We had visited friends who lived in Spain in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada’s, and had fallen in love with “real Spain” and thought that it was for us. When searching for properties we were shown loads of places we hated, but Castalla looked beautiful.

We did not experience many problems apart from some people telling us were mad and it wouldn’t last. We still get asked from time to time, when are we coming back? The actual moving in process went very smoothly and settling in was relatively easy.   more ...

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