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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.

"Why move to Spain?"
01 August 2018 @ 15:28

A month has passed since i last blogged and it's much of a muchness i'm afraid, still boiling hot here - the grass is now like a desert but it does mean that we haven't had to cut it in 2 months. Still packing our belongings, still chasing our solicitor ha ha, They're all the same! 

I've been ever researching all things Spanish and even finding out when the bank holidays are. These are so different to the UK. It's exciting finding out all the small stuff. I was also looking at pictures from the weekend's Airshow festival on the beach at Torre del Mar, i've never seen anything like it. surprise

We have had lots of fun leaving events in the UK, we had a large get together at the local pub on a gorgeously warm evening, a Indian meal with my work crew, a day out at the Aqua Park in Rutland with our closest friends. It's a huge reservoir with inflatable slides etc., it's a lot like 'wipeout' the tv programme. It was tiring but very entertaining. This weekend i am going to a Jess Glynne concert in the next town with my old school friends and the weather once again is set to be 29 degrees, it's heavenly.

One day that was not fun was the last day of school for Olivia and Chloe. They spent most of the day crying but were pleasantly surprised by their classes with wonderful hand made cards and gifts.

One question i do have is did people use your EHIC cards when you first arrived or did you just have Private Healthcare from day one? It would be really helpful to know others people's experience.

All this fabulous weather has prompted some people to ask "why move to Spain?", we know it's not just about the weather, maybe one day they'll understand. Maybe they won't but who cares.

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STEVEE said:
04 August 2018 @ 08:10

Well done you my husband and I came to Spain 5 years ago and it's been great but defiantly an experience. Sadly my husband passed away nearly 6 months ago but I wouldn't change 1 thing I'm glad we did make the move.
The EHIC is for emergency cover really I don't think it covers everything so I would advice private medical cover until you start paying into the social security system. Medical treatment here is Spain is good and the waiting times for treatment are nothing like in the UK. Enjoy your new life I'm sure you will all love it.

jannali said:
04 August 2018 @ 08:39

Well done for making the move, its great here and we love it. The Ehic card will only last 4 months unless you have a address in uk and return often. Doctor here costs around 40 euros a visit medication is very cheap. If staying in spain permantly will need to get NIE number as a non resident, you will pay local suma tax. Then the next step is to become spanish residencia, after one year of living in spain, this is law you have to apply and pay tax in spain if earning. once you get residencia you can then get sip card eligible for spanish health care. Otherwise would advise private healthcare for expats. Get a gestor or laywer to advise you. Good luck in the sun.

Dugbt said:
04 August 2018 @ 09:24

Hi & well done my wife & i moved to Spain Quesada 6 years ago & we love it we should have done it years ago. Its a very healthy lifestyle & very cheap to live & a lot of the food is to die for with so much choice. As for the EHIC card it will get you through the first 4 months But the Spanish Prime Minister has just stated that hes going to make a Decree that anyone in Spain Legal or not will get free healthcare regardless of there situation, The healthcare here is fantastic you can get an appointment online or at the desk for the same day & if you need to go to the hospital the doctor does it online & gives it to u & you dont need to wait long for it. So enjoy Spain. Cheers Doug & Fay

DANNI1 said:
04 August 2018 @ 10:49

Great advice all of you! Thank you so much for your comments x

Dave11 said:
04 August 2018 @ 12:59

My wife and I use DKV for private healthcare. Excellent service, you can see the Doctor same day and any tests etc are carried out within 24 hours maximum. Really excellent and very good prices (we live in Estepona). Good luck with the move - I'm sure you will enjoy Spain.
PS. Yeah, it's hot in the UK at present, but just wait until October when it's cold in the UK, but still nice and warm in Spain - your friends will understand why you moved then :-)

DANNI1 said:
04 August 2018 @ 13:58

Thanks Dave ;-)

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