So many people ask us about the kids education in Spain and it is never easy to answer. You see we can’t speak for all of the schools in Spain, we can only share with you our experience. We are certain that everyone has different experiences depending on location, type of school and the biggest variable, the students attending.
Heading in to this adventure, while seemingly confident on the surface, underneath I was a little worried. Worried about how the family would acclimate to Thailand, the food, weather and culture.
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.
I am just loving our Spring weather, as it gets me out walking the town a bit more. This morning I was walking Anya to school and we didn’t even need a jacket. I bet you are wondering why Lars wasn’t with us. Well, he is at that age now, nearly 12. That means he would rather die, than be caught with his mom walking him to school. In fact, when Anya and I announced we were walking this morning, he said “NO!” We finally compromised and said we would give a 5 minute spacing between our departures, so there is no way we would catch up to each other. Ugh!
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:
“How did you choose Spain?”
“How did you choose Almuñécar?”
“How did you find your long-term rental? Continue reading
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!