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17 May 2020 23:06:

Hi All,

  I was hoping for a recommendation for a carpenter to install wardrobes. We need:

1. A walk in wardrobe

2. 5 regular wardrobes

3. A sauna installation

  If someone could post up a recommended person (ideally their email address) in this thread that can work around Benahavis, that would be very much appreciated.

Kind regards,


Thread: Carpenter needed near Benahavis

04 Mar 2020 12:50:

Thanks Mariedav. I guess we should be okay, as we're all UK/EU citizens.

I guess the issue with prices for things is that if we sold, we'd get nothing much at all for our second hand things, yet replacing them would cost whatever the new price was. It's really a case of the transport costs and whether or not it's worth it. It's a relief to know taxes won't be an issue though.

I think your solution for cars is a good idea.Thanks again.

Thread: Moving UK -> Spain. Costs / paperwork

02 Mar 2020 12:07:

Hi All,

  Just doing some final planning; we've sold our UK property and moved into rented accomodation, and our house in Spain is nearing final completion of the build.

  I'd like to look into the removals side of things; we still have all our old furniture, and some of it is quite old. I've looked at initial advice around paying customs charges for moving furniture, and it looks like maybe we have to pay some taxes for shipping our own property, even though it's quite old. There seems to be some advise around showing invoices / receipts for when they were purchased in order to legally avoid paying taxes on old things, but truthfully, some of it is so old, I've long since thrown out the receipts.

  So, does anyone have any advice about moving your existing "stuff", and what was involved, whether it was easy, or painful, and did the authorities ask you for money, etc to move your own property?

  The car is worth nothing basically, so we could happily trade it for a LHD car either here or there I guess. I have no preconceived ideal there so just asking for feedback I think around what might be useful choices on that.

  That's the discussion on material things; a little about us as a family. Husband and wife with 2 girls who will be 14 and 11 at the time of the move. The will literally just be going into years 10 and 7, and the youngest is the catalyst for the move, because she will finish primary school and move to high school, so we wanted to try to do it at a time when she will have major changes anyway, so may as well move overseas. We're all dual citizens, and ll speak a smattering of other langauges, with my wife being Spanish.

  Any other advice before we make the move (we're thinking around August)?



Thread: Moving UK -> Spain. Costs / paperwork

21 Jul 2017 10:46:


  How urgent was it for me? It wasn't bleeding or respiratory and I didn't feel it was life threatening,  however it was incredibly painful.

  I felt if it was a choice of waiting days at the GP or waiting hours at A&E then I could probably hold out with some strong pain meds for a few hours. 



  I was told in triage that that particular specialist was well respected in my local area so either way he was the person I was going to see. This was my choice.


I fully agree there are more options through private but in my state I wanted someone recommended. He was the guy and on request the triage nurse was told there was no way to speed him up because he already had his schedule setup.


I could have gone with someone else faster but I didn't have any feedback about the individuals skill or reputation etc.


hope that makes sense. 
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Thread: Spanish health care versus NHS.......No contest

20 Jul 2017 12:02:

I rang my local GP to get an appointment (south london), and was told they had nothing free for the next 10 days.


So I went to A&E, sat in a crowded waiting room, people who came in after me were attended to before me (this is okay, because they probably had more serious issues), but it still took me about 2 hours to get in to the triage nurse.

Once in, she was great, the room was clean, she sent me to the x ray department. I got the x rays done very quickly (within about 5 minutes), then went back to the nurse, and was seen immediately.


She reviewed the x rays with me on the spot. I had no idea what I was looking at, but she took me through it patiently, which was great. I needed an appointment with a specialist, and this is where it got painful. Lots of phone calls, being redirected, she was apologising to me because there have been cuts, and some services are no longer being provided by some surgeries, etc. I wound up getting an appointment within the same hospital, but it wasnt for another 2 weeks. Private or  public wouldnt make any difference I found out, because it was the same specialist going either way, and being seen in the same place, therefore the same waiting queue.

In the meantime,  I had to have pain management medication. Off to the on-site pharmacy, and 2 hours later, yes, thats right, I had my meds. This was because there was no prescription offered, it was just an internal script, whatever that is.

Had I known that, I would have asked for a proper prescription, and would have gone to an external pharmacy. The medication wasnt anything that I hadnt had before (diclofenac or similar inflammation reduction medication).

My overall impressions are that the people are lovely and really want to help as best they can, but they are struggling under a lack of resources.

I only have an experience overseas from about 10 years ago, which may or may not be relevant, but was better than this recent experience at my local hospital.

Thread: Spanish health care versus NHS.......No contest


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