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hello all, It has been a while since we last posted (due to wedding plans!) We are off to get married in Mauritius in November then once we are back, its all systems go and want to check our plans sound ok and we are not doing something wrong or missing anything major out.
We have set a date for 28th December 2009 to move over to Southern Spain. Great dates... Christmas time!
We have been over a few times and viewed several properties and have decided that Alcaidesa is the right place for us. wow! I love Alcaidesa! We have arranged to come over at the beginning of December to sort out a property and hopefully sort a discount out as we are looking at paying 6 months rental upfront.
We are both looking at working in Gib and i have experience working in IT over in the UK but have worked for a Gambling company in the Uk as well in first line, customer support so i think a job shouldnt be a problem (fingers crossed!) There used to be gamb ling IT jobs in Gib announced here in EOS.
I am selling my car and buying a Transit van for the move and we have a cat so he will have a "mini hotel" built in the back.
We are driving down, crossing via Chunnel, and driving down. We aim to do it in 2 days as we both will share the driving.
We also have another car which we are bringing across, we wont be reregistering it in spain but have just had it MOTed for 12 months and will buy tax online, we are looking at taking the car back once a year to be re MOTed as this would far outway the cost of importing it etc. We will buy tax online and our insurance at the minute covers us for europe. We wont be doing this until the ferry is back up and running
I will be looking to either sell the van back in the UK or sell it to someone who would be moving back to the UK etc.
When we come over in December to sort our house out we will also be opening a non residentia account in la linea to pay the bills etc. We have had the form for the Halifax Banco account but dont want to apply until we have moved but if anyone can recommend another bank as i realise the nearest Halifax is in Malaga (so we have been told) There is one Halifax in Sotogrande.
As we will be working in Gib, can we use our current account (nat west) to be paid and what sort of costs are involved in transferring from one to the other or would it be easier to draw out the cash machine in Gib and pay in la linea.
we are both trying to learn spanish but neither of us are fluent by any means!!!!
We are renting in the UK so we have no worries about selling etc. and we are not taking our furniture etc but selling it and leaving the money we make from it in a uk account in case we ever have to come back to the uk.
We have a budget of around £7000 to do this move and we dont have any children to reschool etc but do you think this is enough? I do think it will be enough for 2-3 months but you need to take a job soon. English classes are always a possibility, specially for small kids as many academies do not offer english till kids are 4 or 5. A nursery service with english will be succesfull for sure. Anything kids related with languages is a good bet... you can talk with Juan Pablo at the Golf Club in ALcaidesa: I amsure he will offer to you his locations. Susan and me have been thinking for a while of doing something international there, once a month. Talk to he too.
If you have any comments or suggestions then please feel free to post below :)