No Job, No Money, Let's Move To Spain - Part 2

Published on 19/04/2010 in Real Life Stories

Read part 1 here.

Well when I last got the chance to submit an article I had a speedy internet connection but alas here ont he Costa Blanca that has been something that was slow in arriving lol unlike us!

Leaving EnglandWell, we left the safety of the mother in laws house in Kent and began the drive towards who knows what?? But it was strange as we drove further and further from the house we felt more relaxed and more excited at the same time.

But in the back of my head the fact we had virtually no money and few possesions kept nagging at me! What were we doing???

So to calm my already medicated high blood pressure I said to myself in my head thousands of times "treat it like an adventure, like a holiday"  I rationaled.   My mother in law said she would pay for the ferry tickets back to Ireland if we fell on our faces.

We travelled through France stopping at friends along the way and we joke now "ah remember the time you took me to Paris" we used the ring road in rush hour evening traffic, ate M&Ms and drank coke from the same bottle whilst hurling abuse at the Sat Nav!! How romantic eh??

We did however see through the pollution the Eiffel Tower all lit up!! Thats as romantic as it got for us, I think we will have to re-visit Paris if only to get some more romantic memories than M&Ms & Coke and ring roads!!

We drove through the Pyrenees at night through heavy snow 12ft high on the sides of the road in places but remarkably the road was clear and we never faltered. Our little "looser cruiser" now christened Lucy mototred her way along reliably withour an ounce of trouble. Although we had no speedo for much of the journey, we figured if we did get up over 90kph any cop whether French or Spanish would surely applaude us for getting such speeds from a car so, err, handicapped shall we say.

We passed Barcelona in the early morning as the suburbs were fighting their way to work in the city. Horns honked fists waved but we were smiling & so relaxed they must have thought we were loonies letting everyone cut us up!! One guy leaned on the horn behind us infuriated we were being so accomodating I was glad we had a huge GB sticker on the back, my Iirsh identity truly under cover! lol.

From Barcelona onwards it got warmer and warmer and we peeled off layers of cardigans, hoodies, shirts etc until we reached Alicante were we were in t-shirts! We hadnt stopped bar for food at the services and Stewart took his first sleep from Benidorm to Alicante.  When you woke up and wired to the moon again he took the last streach of driving and we arrived in La Zenia at 1pm here at last!!!

We un-loaded the car in 10 minutes.  It was then I realised I had brought so little with me!! The first thing we did was make the bed we then went to our local German restaurant Alejandros for pizza and a bottle of wine in the sun in February.  MAGIC!!
We went home at 5pm watched TV in bed and fell asleep at 6.30pm!!! We had made it down safe but absolutley exhausted from not only the journey but from the months of horrible times we had, from all we had lost, exhausted from all we had suffered.

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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Lynn said:
27 April 2010 @ 14:25

WOW! Well done. Can't wait for the next installment. Just like Julie I would go NOW but Hubby is not so brave.

julie said:
25 April 2010 @ 20:29

i would do same,go tomorrow,but who will persuade hubby1life is for living not existing.i will follow your story in the hope that i might follow in your footsteps.

Dolores said:
22 April 2010 @ 09:39

As soon as I retire (2012) I`m off !!!!!!No more NAMA (BANK RESCUE VEHICLE IRELAND) Let me off !!!!

freddy said:
22 April 2010 @ 08:39

I too have the dream, but don't have the guts - yet. Rachel you are inspiring

East said:
22 April 2010 @ 03:12

Great story ...........cant wait for the next installment ........good on you !!

nick said:
21 April 2010 @ 11:13

well done love reading about your adventure keep it up non resident in andalus hills love it"""

dr david ashby said:
20 April 2010 @ 23:16

well done rachel im 63 and abig bit but my dream is to do what your doing im a zoologist but old so im on my way soon.
dr david ashby

John said:
20 April 2010 @ 22:04

Well done Rachel Good on ya gal. Only wish I was brave enough to make the move. Still a part time visitor to the Costas over the last 10 years. I love my house on the hill over the Bay. Wishing you all the Luck in the world.
At least you are there. All I need is my flight out of the UK tomorrow.

meresha said:
20 April 2010 @ 17:42

good luck to you. i myself love to do what you have done but my other half wouldent dream of doing it. i will long to read all about your adventures happy goings i hope best wishes to you

Dee said:
20 April 2010 @ 17:42

I applaud you well done. Welcome to Spain.. enjoy your new life.
BUT from one who is in their 9th year living full time here I beg you.. please.. remember this is NOT THE UK WITH SUNSHINE. Dont keep waiving the Union Jack....embrace your new country, your new way of life but never forget the Spaniards were here first... this is THEIR country ..accept them for what they are, their traditions, their culture and THEIR LANGUAGE. They will love you for it and you will be welcomed by them.

Bob said:
20 April 2010 @ 16:35

I have enjoyed your first two installments of your new life in Spain All though I am not resident in Spain I have a place just along the road in Cabo Roig had it now 3 years and love it. I expect I will spend more and more time out there as the years roll by. I look forward to the next chapter and hope all goes well for you and your family

Maya said:
20 April 2010 @ 16:26

Lovely story brings back lots of memories - ours are at - I still don't know how roving relocators actually managed to circumnavigate Paris in the days before GPS! And we did the snowy Pyrenees in overloaded car as well, all good fun. Hope it all works out well for you, we are still very glad we made the move

Martina said:
20 April 2010 @ 16:21

You are doing what I have always wanted. I will watch this space with abated breath. Waiting for the day that I will be in a position to up and go also. Best of luck with your dream.

Al said:
20 April 2010 @ 16:18

Hola Justin @ E.O.S. Buenos Tardes.
Well done Rachel,nice article,gracias.
Ah! La Zenia. We're getting a place near there.
Any info./history on La Zenia or surrounding areas would be greatly appreciated please.
Muchas Gracias,

Jan said:
20 April 2010 @ 16:05

Well done, if you dont dream it you cant do it!!

Looking forward to reading more as you go along. Good Luck

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