Cat Gaa, Seville

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 … Read more

Seriously Mum, What’s an Alpaca?

Expat Focus talks to Alan Parks about his memoir "Seriously Mum, What's an Alpaca?" a frank and charming story of a brave couple who risk everything when they move to Spain to breed alpacas. Alan, please tell us a little about yourself. My name is Alan Parks, and I originally come from the south coast … Read more

Spain – Five Recommended Expat Blogs

It’s often difficult to know what to look out for when you’re considering a move to a new country, but there are plenty of blogs out there that provide tips and tricks for potential (and actual) expats, and here at Expat Focus, we’ve been taking a look around the blogosphere to find some of our … Read more

Starting A Small Business In Spain – 5 Things You Should Know

Starting your own business is a dream for many people – it opens up the possibility of higher earnings, it brings freedom from a regular employment, and doesn’t involve many of the work-related restrictions that go with a regular job. But of course it also comes with a few potential downsides. For one, there isn’t … Read more

Elle Draper, Almeria

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 … Read more

Molly Sears-Piccavey, Granada

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 … Read more

Hans Drees & Lynda Thomson, Miraflor

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company Hans Drees, along with his wife Lynda Thomson are the proud owners of one of the most respected, successful real-estate agents in the Costa Blanca “Casitas Miraflor” based in the centre of the village of Els Poblets near to Denia. Our story is much the … Read more

Andrew Queen, Golf Property Store

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company My name is Andrew Queen, and my company is the ‘Golf Property Store’ ( or I arrived here in Spain in 2003 after my family purchased a villa here (Villamartin). It really was for a 6 month trip away from it all. Soon after … Read more

Sharon MacNicol, La Agencia Real Estate

Please tell us a bit about yourself and your company My name is Sharon MacNicol and I am the Sales Manager for La Agencia Real Estate agent situated in Costa Teguise, Lanzarote, Canary Islands, Spain. La Agencia is a small company which not only provides a comprehensive real estate service but is also a construction … Read more

Making the Most of Madrid, Minus the Tourist Traps

With sunshine, siestas and a whole wealth of cultural attractions to explore, Madrid makes a fantastic holiday destination, and many people fall in love with Spain’s capital city after a couple of visits. Moving there is a whole different ball game, however, and it’s easy to find yourself swamped by tourists in the city streets, … Read more

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