1 Week Immersed In A Spanish Conversation Course and More!

Be prepared to get a glimpse of my thoughts, heart, soul, feelings, frustrations and progress.  I will share with you my personal experience attending a 1-week intensive Spanish course in Spain.  This isn’t your typical classroom course, it is 8 days and 14-15 hours of conversation each day!  This is like no other program I have experienced, so I am going to spill the beans and let you know what I think about full Spanish Immersion in Spain.
Learning Spanish with Pueblo Espanol in La Alberca Spain. Heidi tells all about her 1 week of full immersion in a Spanish conversation course.. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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How Much Did It Cost To Live In Spain For 1 Year?

Let me start by saying, we love that you follow along with our adventures and are curious about the cost to live in Spain.  You really keep us motivated to keep up with our writing.  I have to admit I do love that people actually read my boring budget stuff.  It’s great fun to play with spreadsheets, look for the best travel deals, and plan away.  I can’t believe there are other people out there that like this stuff too.  They don’t even include any exciting photos, but these budget posts are popular!

Update: October 2017 – Keep in mind these expenses were for the full year of 2013. Part of the trade-off of living in Spain as an American is dealing with an ever-changing exchange rate.   In 2013 the exchange rate average was 1 Euro to $1.38 USD.   As of October 2017 the exchange rate average was 1 Euro to $1.20 USD.  What does that mean?  Our spend in euros remains about the same after nearly 5 years, but the exchange rate fluctuates.

In 2013 1000 Euros = $1380 USD and in 2017 1000 Euros = $1200, so just from the change in exchange rate alone  it is a $180 USD savings per 1000 Euros spent!  Bottom line = It is currently cheaper for you to Live in Spain or your $ will go a lot further than it used to.

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How To Move To Spain From US – Non Lucrative Visa, Housing, Settling

If you want to move to Spain from the US or any other country, you have come to the right place!  Welcome to Wagoners Abroad and all of our knowledge about getting a non lucrative visa Spain style!  We know it can all be overwhelming planning a move and you will get years of experience within this page.

We have helped hundreds of people and families move to Spain, so this is the page for you to bookmark now!

This is the mother of all moving to Spain posts, so go ahead and save it to your favorites right now.  

Move To Spain - Planning your move to Spain, Best places to live in Spain, Getting a long-term visa to live in Spain, Getting settled in Spain with schools, banks, and more. We have been through the process and have helped hundreds of others through it too. Now is the time to live your dreams and move to Spain. Click to read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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We have been living in Spain a few years and have so many things to share with you.  Keep on reading and we will show you tips for planning and preparation, as well as share our experiences about public education, banking, medical insurance and more.  Oh and we can help you with obtaining your Spanish visa as well.  We have helped so many people and families with making their dream to live in Spain, come true.  Keep on reading and if you would like help, we offer consulting! (We can help you with the visa process, deciding where to live and more).

We have written many posts on how we obtained our Non Lucrative Residence Visa and were able to move to Spain. I thought it would be helpful to organize them all here for you.  When looking for residency in Spain, there are several options for the Non EU citizens, specifically US Citizens, Canadian Citizens and Australian Citizens.  Alan has written a very detailed and very affordable ebook to help you through the process of applying for the Non Lucrative Residence Visa for Spain.  There are many other types of Spanish visa options available, but this is what worked for us.

Move to Spain and visit Setenil de las Bodegas Sentinal de las Bodegas Spain - City built into Rocks. We can live in Spain because we have the non lucrative visa. You can apply for one too!

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Private Health Insurance Spain – For Non Lucrative Visa Application

Many North Americans (US Citizens or Canadians) who are thinking of applying for the non lucrative visa Spain or the retirement visa Spain, have been asking about the private health insurance in Spain.  The popular questions are related to costs, as well as the medical insurance coverage requirements for the non lucrative visa.  If you are looking for practical information on health insurance in Spain, this is the perfect place for you to start!  It has been a hot topic for us lately and keeping our email inbox buzzing away.

Explaining Medical Insurance in Spain or private Health Insurance Spain costs and options. This is all information to meet the non lucrative visa Spain or retirement visa Spain requirements. Read more about Private medical insurance Spain on WagonersAbroad.com

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Things To Do In Barcelona With Kids

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!  Let’s review a few things to do in Barcelona with kids!

Barcelona Casa Batlló - If you are planning a visit to Barcelona with kids, we provide you with some fun things to do, places to stay as well as tips and tricks. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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Speaking Spanish Update: After 4 Months Of Studying

Guess what time it is?  It is time for us to give you an update on what we have been doing to improve Speaking Spanish!

Two Americans Speaking Spanish after 4 months of focused efforts towards learning Spanish and becoming more fluent. Check out the progress on video!

Remember our initial post, back at the end of November, with the goal of making it to Pueblo Español?  Oh and the video update of us speaking Spanish at the end of February?  Well, here we are at the end of May and we figured you were due another update of our progress.  Yes, there is another video.  As much as we don’t like speaking Spanish on video, it kind of needs to be done.  Thanks to all of you for asking questions and holding us accountable.

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Nerja Caves 6 Wise Tips for Cuevas de Nerja

You should carve out a couple of hours to visit the Nerja Caves (Cuevas de Nerja), as well as the exterior grounds/park.  Just on the Eastern edge of Costa del Sol, bordering Costa Tropical, you will find the town of Nerja, Spain.  This is where you will find the fascinating caves of Nerja!  If you need a break from the sun, why not bond with mother nature underground style.    Nerja Caves Stalactites - so cool! Continue reading

Obtaining A Spanish Drivers License

The road to obtaining a Spanish drivers license has been a rough, frustrating process.  It worked out for us in the end, but now that we have our license, I figured it was worthwhile to explain what we did, the process we went through, and my general frustrations with the whole process.

Americans Getting a Drivers License in Spain. We share the entire process to obtain a Spanish Drivers License, including the process, costs and more. Read more on WagonersAbroad.com

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