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In the latest of our expat interviews we talk to Jane Wilson to find out about her move to Spain.
We talk to Jane about her move to Spain and focus on what it is like in Spain from a single female perspective. A mixture of things really, I was very comfortable where I was living in the UK, I had a good job in banking and I lived in a beautiful area but I needed a challenge and adventure and I think like many people there was an element of getting away from certain problems also.
It was more accidental than anything. I also was thinking of Canada and France but my son was learning Spanish and so we took a trip here. Unusually our first trip was a washout but we gave it a second-chance and maybe it was the fact we were coming back again to the area we first visited that made us feel much more comfortable and at home. We just decided to do it and I put my house up for sale and moved out to Spain a week later! After six months of renting an apartment we bought our house.
People are going to pick up on the fact that you moved out to Spain on your own — albeit with your son — I would say that was a very brave step to take. We are here in Javea at the restaurant at Barraca beach watching the waves crashing in — why in particular did you move to the Northern Costa Blanca?
I was looking through a glossy magazine advertising villas in Spain when I came across an advert for a well known building society which was fronted by an ex-boss who had moved to this area. He had started off in Gibraltar and worked his way up the coast so he knew Spain very well and he advised me to visit the northern end of the Costa Blanca.
In hindsight I definitely think I made the right choice. Were you not tempted at all to move to the Costa del Sol only I know people who live there and they think it is the best part of Spain to move to? I find the Costa del Sol too materialistic with many people living there who are in that rat race of making money, wealth and having to display it for show. The Costa Blanca has a lot of wealth but it is more understated and less obvious. Also it is a very naturally beautiful area that is less over-developed.
The Internet is great because there are so many different Internet dating sites now. Now that you have lived in Spain for some time, can you offer any observations that our readers may find useful or interesting? I love the weather and lifestyle.
I think Spain is a fantastic place if you are a couple.
There is everything here if you want it such as numerous clubs where you can socialise, make friends and meet people. There are classical concerts, jazz clubs, etc. I have seen prices go up tremendously, especially here in Javea, so it is important to realise this before you move out. I think many food items can often be found cheaper in the UK. There can be frustrations, you need to remember that you are moving to a different country and you need to come to Spain with an open mind.
The feeling of not being in control when dealing with things such as electricity or the town hall is frustrating and often the goalposts seem to move. What I mean is that one person will tell you that you need to come in with a certain piece of paperwork and then when you do go in someone else says something entirely different and you end up going around in circles!
Many people who move to Spain reinvent themselves. I have met some fantastic people but others are very much into gossiping behind your back. Jane, I think you have been very direct and straightforward, I think our readers will gain a lot by having read this article and thanks for taking the time to talk to us. The Spanish expat interview above was recorded to give you useful information about moving to Spain from the perspective of a single woman. How to Move to Spain. Property Section. Where to Find Work. Home. Full Site Index. The level of ignorance and supreme lack of knowledge about Spanish history indicates not only an uncultured woman but an uneducated one.
Another Raj mentality who thinks Spain consists of the Costas. I think she will find that the Spanish can be very sophisticated, but maybe not in the way she would recognise. If you stick yourself in an expat ghetto, you can hardly comment on life in Spain. What you are commenting on is life in an expat ghetto! Maybe ……. Farmers subsidies? I think we are about to find out just what the EU has been funding. Some may be in for a nasty surprise.
Typical British arrogance …. Are You Sure? Barraca beach in Javea. Comments Teresa Gil says. July 15, at pm. January 11, at pm. Lulu says. December 27, at pm. Yes, what is it with that British arrogance?? April 19, at am. Ian says. February 6, at am. JM says. October 28, at pm.
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