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Columnists > Maureen Moss

Maureen Moss
Author of 'More to Life', a humorous travel novel, and of 'The Tour Guide Life - It Could Be Yours!' Retired worldwide adventure tour guide, prize-winning travel writer and creator of online course for would-be tour guides: My blog can also be found on I come from Guernsey, Channel Islands and I have lived in Spain since 2003. I'm awaiting the outcome of my application for nationality. I've also lived in France. I'm fortunate to be very well travelled and I love my life. I spend my time writing, reading, walking with my dogs, doing yoga, watching movies and having conversations with friends. I'm a huge fan of Landmark Worldwide's transformational education programmes and of learning about new science. From my home I can see La Mata town square, and the beautiful Mediterranean sea.

Maureen Moss

Integrate Or Bust!

Posted by: maureenmoss on Thursday May 31, 2018 (09:51:31)   (610 Reads)
Expat group enjoying bbq
Expats enjoying a group bbq - in the photo there are six different nationalities.

Here are some ideas for how to integrate into your new Spanish community.    more ...

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A Walk In The Park

Posted by: maureenmoss on Thursday February 01, 2018 (21:37:34)   (1771 Reads)
The land known as the Parque Natural de la Mata y Torrevieja belongs to the state, and parts of it are rented to vineyard owners. In 1988 it was declared a protected area and a year later declared a National Game Reserve. In 1995 it became a Parque Natural.    more ...

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Christmas In Cadiz

Posted by: maureenmoss on Wednesday January 03, 2018 (16:54:54)   (1719 Reads)
Ronda bridge
The sweet scent of marijuana mingled with lavender pleasured my nostrils each time I entered or left the resort. The entrance to Playa Ballena spa resort near Cadiz was grand – and once through the revolving door, the foyer sported the traditional sweeping staircase as well as two ultra-modern glass lifts, with a vast dining area to the left and equally spacious bar and entertainment stage to the right. We never made it to the spa area: too expensive for our budget, but no doubt it was equally impressive.    more ...

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Spanish (Il)logic And Élan

Posted by: maureenmoss on Tuesday October 31, 2017 (13:29:30)   (2126 Reads)
Whacky car racing
When I first arrived here in Spain I, like many others, found the bureaucracy somewhat frustrating. It appeared that you need multiple copies of everything relating to your passage through life: birth certificate, Sunday school reports, school reports, marriage certificate, divorce certificate, children’s birth certificate/s, educational qualifications, utility bills, proof of residence, police antecedents document, passport, residence certificate, foreigners’ identification certificate, death certificate…..okay, I own up to exaggerating here and to inventing a few additional papers, but you get the idea.

There is even a hilarious Spanish sketch on social media in which a woman goes into an office armed with a suitcase full of documents, which she triumphantly produces one by one. Each time she is refused service on the grounds that another one of these ‘essential’ pieces of paper is needed, she whips out the required document with glee. This is much to the annoyance of the clerk on duty behind the ‘help’ desk, who gets angrier and angrier as the necessity of actually doing his job becomes more imminent. It’s very funny, and comforting to know that the Spanish themselves find their bureaucracy irritating.    more ...

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A Stroll Around My Home Town: La Mata

Posted by: maureenmoss on Monday September 11, 2017 (13:27:55)   (2488 Reads)
Farmer at work in his vineyard
Call me sentimental, but I fancy my heart skipped a beat when I first saw the words ‘La Mata’ in the property columns of the local press. I was visiting my daughter here and asked her where this ‘marsh’ was. Soon we were parking the car on one of the many streets leading to the beach and within minutes, I had fallen in love.    more ...

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