Moving to another country is an exciting experience that many Britons dream of. British expats live all over the world, but Spain is one of the most popular destinations for Brits wishing to relocate.
British expatriate Marianne moved from Lancashire to a village in southern Spain with her husband.
They were looking for a “better weather and an outdoor lifestyle,” and they found it.
She left her family, including her sons, in the UK and embraced Spanish life wholeheartedly.
Having “no plans to return to the UK”, Marianne said she “joins in whatever is going on” and has made lots of friends.
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She explained: “We made a lot of friends and know a lot of people – expats of many different nationalities as well as locals – to socialize with.”
Marianne’s life in southern Spain is great, and she said she was “lucky enough to be able to do largely what I want to do, which increasingly includes writing, taking photos, traveling and blogging. “.
Not having to look for a job was fortunate, as there was “25% unemployment here, so finding a job could be difficult,” Marianne said.
Another “pain in the neck” was the bureaucracy.
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Not needing to find a job and having navigated the bureaucracy, the couple found life in Spain pleasant.
She said, “There’s plenty to keep you busy here – it all depends on what you’re looking for.
“We have beautiful beaches, skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountains, lakes, the classic Andalusian towns of Granada, Seville and Cordoba within a few hours drive, and easy access to the city of Malaga for flying to the international if we want to.
“There are a lot of parties and festivals, and lots of local towns and pretty villages to visit.”
Life for expats may seem perfect from a distance, but there are downsides.
Marianne listed some of the things she missed the most, and first of all, of course, was family.
However, she also missed the “English tea bags”.
She had a way to get hold of the most important item, however: “With regular visits to UK, Gibraltar (for Morrisons supermarket) and visitors from England we manage to stock up on our supplies! “
She also missed “Boots the chemist, I’m a woman!” And his “favorite large-format Sunday newspaper”, which was printed in Spain but only “in standard tabloid format”.
Expat for years, Marianne has also given some advice to her British compatriots who wish to relocate.
She said, “Rent before you buy for twelve months, including every season.
“It’s very different to living here full time, as opposed to only visiting during peak vacation times.
“And try to learn some Spanish, because the locals are more than willing to help you as long as they can see that you are making an effort.”