I have noticed that many things we use and or purchase in Spain just don’t last as long; it could be that we are buying on the cheap or the quality just isn’t the same.
Take shoes for example, we have to buy Lars and Anya shoes every 2-3 months. Now this isn’t because their feet are growing so fast. No, it’s because they wear through their shoes like there is no tomorrow. I am talking holes in the toes or on the sole of their shoe. I am not sure if it is the quality of the shoe that is the problem, or are the kids just far more active than they were in the US? Perhaps it is a combo of both, but this trend of things wearing out spans to other areas for us as well, like our Spanish appliances.
Can you believe we have been expats in Spain for 18 months?! It is absolutely amazing how fast the time has flown by. We are in “just normal life” here and for us Almuñécar has been the best place to live in Spain. No matter where we travel, upon return, our choice is validated with that comfortable feeling of home.
So you’ve decided you are moving abroad, or even better, you are moving to Spain?
We are often contacted by Couples, Families and Travelers planning their move to Spain. For some it is open-ended and for others it is for a couple of months, so they follow that Schengen Visa rule. Either way they ask the same questions:
We have been living in our great town of Almuñécar for just over 16 months. I often refer to it as our “little town” or “small village”, but it actually has a population of about 30,000. To me that is small, as I come from bigger cities like San Francisco, London, and Raleigh suburbs. Either way we stick out like a sore thumb, as we are the strange American family that always wears shorts. I guess you could say that has “tourist” written all over it, but I think they are really saying “Are they nuts?!”. Other than that we kind of just blend in with the rest of the people in our day-to-day routines. Continue reading →
By choice, I have been out of paid work since May of 2012 and Alan has been since July 2012. Yes, that is when we quit our fantastic corporate jobs and sold almost all of our belongings. That is when we decided we were going to temporarily “retire”, take a sabbatical, a mini retirement and have the life of leisure. Oh yes, and we were going to up and move to Spain too, to enjoy life. It was our dream to once again live overseas and we knew we had to take destiny into our own hands to make it happen. That is when many people thought we were crazy to give up our home, our security our storybook suburban life.
August 26, 2012 – We sold it all, each packed up a suitcase and back pack and moved to Spain!
If there is one thing that we’ve learned from living in Spain for 16 months, it’s that the Spanish love to celebrate. It seems the smallest of occasions are reason to celebrate, as well as the standard world-wide events such as New Year’s Eve. And when there is a celebration in Spain, it’s usually coupled with plenty of fireworks. The best fireworks we have ever seen were here in Almuñécar last August, celebrating Fiesta de la Virgen de la Antigua. A full 25 minutes of professional, crazy sparks with music and amazing effects. We took a video and cut it down to about 8 minutes, which happens to be one of our most popular videos on our YouTube Channel. Continue reading →
So I am sure some of you are asking, “What the heck is a Schengen Visa?” While others are well aware of it and the limitations. Just to be brief the Schengen Visa is an agreement between 25 countries (22 European Union states and 3 non-EU members). A Schengen Visa allows the holder to travel freely within the Schengen countries for a maximum stay of up to 90 days in a 6 month period, thus avoiding the hassle and expense of obtaining individual visas for each country. So how did we manage to stay in Spain, a member of the Schengen Zone, the entire year without a Schengen Visa? Continue reading →
Visiting cities like Barcelona, which are filled with extreme art and culture with kids can be really exhausting. Kids typically do not always find visiting museums, churches, or architecturally advanced structures amusing and hence, can be hard to please. Therefore, if you’re travelling to this magnificent city with children, it is important to plan ahead, places, or attractions which will be fun for them. We think this is one of the friendliest cities on earth, so getting around with kids should be not so difficult!
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