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Our Andalusian Adventure

Our Andalusian Adventure is me trying to let you into our journey from the UK to a small village in the mountains, myself Danni, Paul, our two daughters Olivia and Chloe and our pets Ted the staffie and Duke and Duchess our cats.

First steps to Andalusia
24 May 2018 @ 13:47

I am sitting at home in sunny Northamptonshire wondering where to begin on my very first 'blog'! Maybe introductions would be a good place to start... I am a 38 year old lady who has always known that they would end up in Spain, I am married to a equally gorgeous man Paul who also shares my longing to be wild and free in Spain. Together we created Olivia aged 10 and Chloe aged 7 who as you can imagine are the apples of our eyes. Both fiercely independent girls who have a lot to offer the world. The adventure planning began in July 2017 when Paul and i surrendered to the life we lead and agreed we wanted more for ourselves and for the people we cared about the most. Our plans have changed many times since then but we know that we will be in Spain this summer, we have managed to put our lives into order over the last 10 months and the timing seems perfect. We both knew that for Olivia it was important that she got to grasp with the language and schools before she turned 11a nd now all the pieces of the puzzle are coming together.

It has been a huge learning curve, there is so much to think about and so much to learn. The internet is a great place to research any issues but it is not always accurate and there is conflicting information. The list of things to learn is endless but i have been taking one day at a time and having the faith that all that you need will come to you, you just have to believe. Our first trip to Spain since deciding to make the move was to Nerja in April, our plans were slightly scuppered by Olivia being on crutches after pulling her achilles tendon, i must say though going though the airports were a doddle with the Special Service assistance. While were in Nerja we viewed a property in Iznajar which amazingly had 2 holiday lets for sale with the villa. We traipsed off on our 90 minute journey to view the house using our out of date Satnav we found the house albeit taking the back route through narrow roads which had almost been washed away during the storms. To say i was relived to find the house was a understatment and what we found was idyllic. Nestled in the beautiful countryside was a stunning property with a fantastic pool and views. After the viewing the agent took us on a short tour to the lake which i must say was pretty special, i would definitely recommend a visit spectacular views and a gorgeous town. Once we spent the day exploring we returned to Nerja and finished our holiday. When we returned to the UK we knew that we could only obtain a 50% mortgage as the property is classed as rural so that property was put behind us. As soon as we were home we knew we had to book another trip to Spain asap to continue our search for a home in the sun, i then got straight on the case and found flights and houses to view via Rightmove and google. We returned in May with a strict schedule via Primera Airline which i must say were fantastic! The plane was brand new, seemed roomier and half empty wink we were very impressed. We viewed 8 properties in 2 days, this time we focused on the Axarquia region which is a very special area. Countryside, mountains, sea and sun. The last house we viewed was the one, a town house on the edge of a village was it, when you know you know. The criteria was at least 3 beds, 2 baths, in a good community with a great school.  That is what we got, we visited the school with the agent and had a very positive experience. The head teacher made us fell very welcome even though he doesn't speak English. We made an offer that night and after a little counter offer the deal was done.  We left the next day via another fab Primera Air flight although totally shattered from our mini tour of Axarquia and excited to tell everyone our news.



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noelypoley said:
24 May 2018 @ 19:13

Look forward to seeing how you get on


zoesma said:
26 May 2018 @ 09:31

Great,well done!
Is your work able to do in Spain?
What have you decided to do about health costs?
I would love to move to Spain,but these are my husband's two concerns!so any answers will be good?
We went to many areas last year for 6mths with our caravan,escaping British winter!it was great
I'm looking forward to hearing your blogs and replies


anthomo16 said:
26 May 2018 @ 09:42

good for you, keep on letting us know when this great adventure will start.


jane27 said:
26 May 2018 @ 11:00


Well done for starting a blog! It's something I've been meaning to do since we moved to Spain but never got round to it. Congratulations on your brave move - look forward to hearing how you and the family get on.


christineinseville said:
26 May 2018 @ 12:10

Congratulations, keep up the blog, I have been doing my blog fir six years now and it gives a new view point when you know you are 'going to write it up'. So please, tell us more


DANNI1 said:
26 May 2018 @ 15:34

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments!! I will write another blog over the long weekend here x


DANNI1 said:
26 May 2018 @ 15:38

Hi Zoesma,
Regarding work you will have to wait and see from my future blogs, and as i said we have been planning since July so yes we have taken health care costs into our outgoings and we will be going for private healthcare ;-)



Dave11 said:
27 May 2018 @ 14:33

Good blog. You will love Spain - great country, great food and nice people. Enjoy your new life in the sun, it's fantastic.......


DANNI1 said:
07 June 2018 @ 12:29

thanks Dave, lovely to hear your encouraging words.


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