Is the grass greener on the other side?

Published on 02/08/2013 in Expat Life

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RioMino said:
29 October 2015 @ 08:07

The surveys appear to be information gatherers in order to be able to have businesses send you offers (yet more Spam). I would think carefully before giving your primary email address and other details.

Baitzum said:
26 August 2014 @ 23:17

Apparently there is good and bad all over. It's safe to say that the reality is that there is no place on earth that someone living there couldn't find fault with.
The truth of the matter in my opinion is that living in different countries is akin to eating in different countries. It's all very subjective. There is no best country.
My wife and I plan on moving to Spain within 2 years. We will be retiring soon and therefore no one will be able to read blogs from us regarding the difficulty in obtaining work in Spain. We live in the states and here also the job market is less than wonderful for many.
I've lived in and traveled all over Europe in the 1960's and loved each and every country I visited. I did this for 4 years....lucky me !!
The coast of Spain seems like one of many places in Europe to retire in........unless I'm greatly mistaken.
We are thinking of Valencia at the moment until we explore more and come up with a better place to live on the coast.
We're open to suggestions so please do not hesitate to write back giving us your best input.

steve&hayley said:
14 March 2014 @ 15:33

I just turned 50 and moved to Spain in November 13
The weather is great I have found that electric and water are similar to uk, you need to shop around for food shopping . Only thing I didn't budget for was private health 130 e a month for us both apart from that I find it cheaper than UK.
I live 30 mins inland so and 20% to most things on the coast

virgilijus said:
27 February 2014 @ 15:25

u r right-2day Ukraina, can happen anywhere,but firstly in poor or in countries under 'austerity measures'..hope not in Spain as im trying 2 settle here

iwillmovetospain said:
26 February 2014 @ 23:10

Hi everyone. I posted an article some time ago foretelling the change in the weather in England and how it might effect the value of your propertys in Spain. The weather is conforming to my predictions so now I think it is my duty to tell you of my thoughts on global politics and the financial crises caused by the people who run the world. IE bankers and business. Big business. Since the collapse of the financial system the only people to benefit is the people in charge, the luxury car manufacturers in Britain are selling more cars than ever, the sales of million + houses is booming and the only way they can extract more money from this situation is to start a WAR! I am sorry to say but it is coming. They have tried to start it in various places but the biggest threat to us is the Ukraine. Take precautions and hope for the best.

TonyHicken said:
19 December 2013 @ 20:23

deesam56 said:
19 December 2013 @ 14:55

would like to buy a property and rent out part of it as a B and B
not sure if rules are the same in Spain for running a B and B

TonyHicken said:
13 November 2013 @ 12:18

hola a todos

if you are thinking of moving to spain(non english speaking area) makes sure you speak and read spanish well as you will find out that you will hit a brick wall when dealing with banks,townhalls and any offical Authority dept and paperwork you need to fill out.I am lucky my wife is spanish..saludos de Tony

Chrissie said:
14 October 2013 @ 16:15

Thinking of moving to Spain, we are just 50' kids all grown up and left home, have our own property in uk to rent out, anyone out there to tell us the pro,s and cons. The cost of living is high in uk, can anyone tell us roughly how much a month utility bills work out a month. Thankyou

Christine Teale said:
09 August 2013 @ 13:11

we moved to Florida 17 years ago but are now looking to move to Europe maybe Spain, we are too far away from Family in England and the health service here is outragous

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