What The Heck, Let's Do It

Published on 07/02/2010 in Real Life Stories

Hi, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Rachel Corbally and at the age of 39 & a bit (the bit’s my own business!) I have decided with my partner and my daughter to make the move to Spain.

Now, this was prompted by many things, such as the ongoing desire to live somewhere warmer than Ireland, & also because my father has a place in Playa Flamenca so it seemed like the obvious choice.

Goodbye EnglandBut where do I start? Well last year was a bad one in a big way! We tried to sell our house but failed to do so, so we sat and wondered what we would do.

Then on the 23rd of September fate stepped in and trod all over us like a huge mucky Doc Martin on a nice white rug!!

We got word that my partner’s parents had been in a motorbike accident in Italy. My future father in law was dead and my mum in law seriously injured in intensive care.  The next few months went slowly! Like a bizzare slow motion playback.

We had to travel to Italy to be with my mother- in-law. As I spoke Italian it came in incredibly useful when dealing with Italian police and doctors.  We got her home and we buried my father-in-law in November. We rented out the house in Ireland and moved all of our possessions within a week.  My feet didn’t touch the ground!

As Christmas approached and my daughter was coming to visit, decisions needed to be made. I missed my daughter so much and to be honest.  I didn’t like living in the UK, no offence meant, it just wasn’t for me. But what was more interesting was that my partner, who is Kent born and bred, didn’t like it either. So we decided to be totally mad irresponsible middle-aged idiots and head to Spain!!

So here I sit in England preparing to go with not much more than the shirt on my back.  I have bought a £400 "looser cruiser" also known as a Renault Scenic (apologies to fellow Scenic owners). It’s taxed and MOT'd and waiting to go. I have sorted my vast wardrobe into three bags of clothes that meet the criteria. They still fit me, they are suitable for warmer climes, and they can roll as small as a Smarties tube, I need all the space in the car I can get!

We are scrounging every cent and penny we can get our hands on. Let’s put it this way, the money won’t be taking up much room at all! We sold the Wii and we have loads of PS2 & 3 games if anyone’s interested...

We have decided to leave on the 1st of February 2010. So here we are leaving a country where we are low paid with a severe lack of jobs to go to a country that’s low paid with a severe lack of jobs!  Full frontal lobotomy anyone!?? Oh yes please me!!!

So for all of you out there who are safe and warm in your armchairs after a nice hard day at work, I am writing this so you can experience the madness of what we are doing, but be safe in the knowledge that you don’t have to do it.

My dad has given us a loan of his house on the Costa Blanca La Zenia to be precise.  One month rent free GULP! Our aim is to get jobs, I am TEFL qualified and have four years teaching in a Pre-school, I also have fifteen years experience in property and construction, and the other half is a qualified electrician and is also an Electrical Engineer.

So here we go full of hope ignoring all the naysayers "Jesus your *#€@" mad and thankful for our ever optimistic (or foolish) friends urging us on with crap like "live the dream", "go for it" and "you will never know if you don’t try".  We are thankful though for these wonderful friends and keep them dear to us, especially as they may have to send us petrol money for the long drive to the Ferry home to Ireland!!

Well adios for now my readers I shall keep you updated on our journey regularly

Bye for now

Written by: Rachel Corbally

About the author:

I was born and reared in Dublin Ireland. I moved to Naas Co. Kildare in 1996. I had always wanted to live abroad anywhere but only doing it now. I have 1 daughter & 1 son both in late teens. I am engaged to Stewart. I have worked in the property business for over 15 yrs! Now Im trying writing gulp!

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terry said:
04 January 2011 @ 19:03

i think your article is quite inspireing ,but to people like myself who would cut off their right hand to start a new life in spain and turn my back on this depressing country called england,,, i think your next two articles titled " no job no money " are a little misleading to say the least !! You both have all the job qualifications you need to almost guarantee getting good jobs in spain, plus you had family to subsidise you with a money loan and free accomadation !!!!! So Please,,retitle your following articles..." no job , no money,but, born very fortunate " But its nice to hear a happy story now and again :-) ,good luck in all you do ......

Mick Marsh said:
20 April 2010 @ 12:10

Hi Rachel, and other half,
I wish you the very best of luck, and look forward to reading how you get on, I,m in the proccess of moving to Spain, but am lucky in haveing a little money behind me.

So good luck and best wishes.

Justcolour said:
16 February 2010 @ 16:40

Well about time to... I don't know you but the weather, out door life, etc, etc, etc are all looking to me to be better than the UK where I live... Cornwall in fact!.. I am looking to move with my three young children as soon as I have decided where to go in Spain... it's great fun talking and thinking about it!!!

bodyworker said:
14 February 2010 @ 22:18

I wish you all good luck and happiness in your new home.

vikki said:
11 February 2010 @ 19:49

Surely this is the wrong time to make your move to Spain, lots of Spanish people can't get jobs, so why should a gringo get one. This appeared in the local paper today " Expat charities such as the Lions and HELP have joined Spanish organisations like Caritas in supporting families forced to live on the breadline as the recession grinds on. This week, RTN visited a Calpe soup kitchen run by ADIS – Ayuda Domiciliaria e Integracion Social – and witnessed the lifeline being offered to the homeless and needy. David, the charity’s founder and president, said every afternoon he and his team of volunteers were feeding up to 50 Spanish people and expats – including British families – from across Northern and Eastern Europe.

Gordon said:
10 February 2010 @ 16:45

The very best of luck. This really is inspiring stuff to an old codger like me (69 and not quite past it yet) who has always dreamed of doing likewise. Maybe your experiences, which I look forward to reading of on this excellent site, will persuade me and others to actually make that break!

Finisterre said:
10 February 2010 @ 15:32

Good luck! As all my friends said when I moved out here, if it all goes wrong, you can always move back... but we've managed a year so far and all is well. I'm also in my thirties and teaching English, but we're in Seville so no competition for you.
All the best

Malcolm said:
10 February 2010 @ 13:13

Good for you both! Will be looking forward to see how you get on. I am also looking to relocate to Almeria and am putting the house on the market March/April. Can't wait to get there despite all our friends trying to preach the doom and gloom.
It could be the last move I make :p

Norma Munro said:
10 February 2010 @ 09:28

Go for it girl!! My husband and I did exactly the same thing this time last year, although we are a lot older than you and retired to boot. We rented out our house in the UK and rented a house here in Denia. We have never looked back. Much as we miss our kids and grandkids, they all come over for cheap holidays as do most of our friends. We have joined an expats group which has enabled us to make lots of new friends and join in on both educational and pleasure groups. Good luck

Lynn said:
10 February 2010 @ 09:18

What an adventure! I would love to do what you are doing (please don't say 'just do it' because hubby does'nt have an adventuress bone in his body bless him!) Can't wait to hear more. I wish you both the very best of luck.

Clive said:
09 February 2010 @ 23:19

very best of luck
look forwrd to hearing how you get on

Jeff in Tarragona said:
09 February 2010 @ 17:53

Hi Rachel, good news is that you are TEFL qualified and speak Italian, so learning Spanish should be relatively easy. Best bet is to get your CV around as many academias de inglés as quickly you can. You could try estate agents too, but I fear it will be commission only work in the current climate. Aim to learn Spanish ASAP so look for some Spanish/English exchange classes, this is one of the best ways to get started (my article on Eye on Spain, 'Seven Tips To Help You Learn Spanish' may help). Your partner will probably find it tougher to find work although there's always maintenance and repairs to be done out there. I have to say I admire your guts; it's not the best time to be moving to Spain! But follow your dream. Like you I knew I always wanted to live abroad; when I started living and working here in 1986 I didn't always find it easy. But I stuck with it and Spain is definitely home now. Mucha suerte! Jeff Greensmith, estate agent and translator in Tarragona.

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