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22 January 2009
A chat with "technoape" about moving to Spain and the cost of living here

Today we dragged in Colin (AKA TechnoApe on the forum) to chat about his recent move to Spain.   We chatted about his recent move to Spain, his house purchase here, money and how much you need, the cost of living and saving money, learning Spanish, looking for a job in Spain and much more.  Colin's got plenty to say and offers lots of useful hints and tips for anyone looking to move here.

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Justin said:
22 January 2009 @ 16:17

I know we got the lighting a little wrong today but we tried out a new microphone. Do you think the sound was any better today? Thanks. Justin

Lizzy said:
22 January 2009 @ 16:24

Interesting, some good points there from the ape man.

Trish said:
22 January 2009 @ 16:38

Love the daily show, I especially enjoyed listening to Colin today. We hope to move to Spain and it was really interesting hearing his views after seven weeks on prices, weather etc..
Love to see more similar shows!
Well done!

Trish said:
22 January 2009 @ 16:42

The sound was a lot better for me today as I coulld hardly hear the lady speaking on the show on Tuesday.

Andrew said:
22 January 2009 @ 16:47

Show 4 was very imformative from Colin (Aka TechnoApe)re: moving to Spain; the property advice (100% spot-on); looking for work (100% spot-on). I noted Justin's comments on the cost of living (see my prior posts) and in Justin's words..'it's not that cheap in Spain'. It was also pointed out about the ex-pat 'rip off' merchants, how true. Colin came across as a happy guy, who was at times funny. But I feel he still has a lot to learn (and not doubt will) having resided in Spain for just 7 weeks. I think his water and electricity bills will be higher than he's expecting - now that he's living in Spain. And was I right in hearing that Colin has a mortgage on his property, but yet is looking for work? (I noted he has income from another rental property). I hope you haven't fallen into the trap.
But, well done Colin for upping sticks and moving to Spain, permanently. I hope all goes well for you and the family.
Justin: The lighting was fine, as was the microphone, very clear. The trickery at the beginning of the show? Have you been taking lessons off Paul Daniels?
Colin: When can Johnny Vegas have his monkey back? Adios - and have fun!!

More said:
22 January 2009 @ 16:51

Sound was excellent, Justin. A very informative & friendly show. Great to see Colin, feel we know him from 'chatting' on forum so much.

More said:
22 January 2009 @ 17:00

Forgot to say that the picture occasionally had ghosting on your faces, especially Colin's, Justin. (Please tell me it was your fault & not my PC.)

Howard said:
22 January 2009 @ 17:12

The perfect interviewee ( he doesn't dry up), But I just felt it was a bit long 15-20min is fine. Perhaps it could have been broken into two with an advert in the middle. What am I saying? I guess that's the next step. Anyway good luck to Colin and his family in Spain. We've been here 18 months and love it. (Costa Blanca)

More said:
22 January 2009 @ 17:19

Forgot to say that the picture occasionally had ghosting on your faces, especially Colin's, Justin. (Please tell me it was your fault & not my PC.)

Lelia J. said:
22 January 2009 @ 18:04

Excellent topic today and Inez...esp. for those who are contemplating on moving to Spain like I do. Speaking of reserves...what would you say I would need per month for a family of four excluding rent?

maria said:
22 January 2009 @ 19:28

Colin and Justin.. it has been great. Excellent sound and getting better and better in a highly speed way... as everything done by the EOS guys!

Keep it!

Enhorabuena a todos! Es divertido e interesante.

Paul said:
22 January 2009 @ 21:42

Maria-your turn next??.

Maureen said:
22 January 2009 @ 21:48

Another good show, very interesting what Colin was saying, I would like Maria De Castro on now please if you can, she is the most helpful lady I have ever come accross and nothing is a bother.

Roberto said:
22 January 2009 @ 23:13

Just a couple of things you guys said that made me go "what?". Justin, you can get perfectly good jeans for €10 at Carrefour, almost as nice as yours! The only thing making the cost of living almost comparable now is the ex-rate. And Colin (if I may call you that after all this time calling you Techno)you won't find any English signs (or speakers) in the supermarkets in Torremolinos. I think you'll find you've landed in the most Anglicized part of the coast since Eldorado! Anyway, congratulations on your move and all the best, and same to you Justin for the show!

Technoape said:
23 January 2009 @ 10:10

Thanks for having me as a guest on your new show yesterday Justin, we had a laugh and a joke, however it was nice to chat about our move to Spain, reasons behind our move, costs of living, etc.

What a lot of people don't realise is that I had so much more to say, and we had more topics on which we could have had discussions, so I think they were lucky in that they only had to sit through a half hour show!

As more said, maybe it would be nice to interview Tyler and see what he had to go through, and still does, so that he could move to Spain... Hmm! Maybe we should just ask his owner to come on instead and do the talking for him?

And what camera trickery is everything talking about, that IS how I look in the morning.... and the afternoon ... in fact all day every day.... AH! You mean the bit at the beginning of the interview where I appeared to change from a stuffed toy into me ... well I’m not going to give the 'show away' ha, ha.... Sorry! Couldn’t resist the pun ... but that remote control of Justin’s is magic, pure and simple magic!

Andrew said:
23 January 2009 @ 12:15

Technoape: Johnny Vegas is on his way to Spain - for his monkey back!! (Hope he doesn't mistake the monkey for you?)
What's happened to my critics? Shame on you. Why have you gone quiet, after the previous childish remarks directed towards me on my postings this week..now that they are all apparently true.

Leo Leon said:
23 January 2009 @ 13:13

Wife & I are still enjoying your show, keep up the good work.
Especially like your intro music. Does it have a name?

pete lloyd said:
24 January 2009 @ 00:29

I really do think the uk is alot cheaper than Spain.This is because of the exchange rate.Even in Almoradi market i noticed a pineapple for 2.25 euro,same size in tesco about 83 pence.

Justin said:
25 January 2009 @ 10:03

Thanks for the comments. The into music is from a longer jingle but don't know what the name of it is!

Chris said:
25 January 2009 @ 14:48

Just caught up on all of the shows,great,just what as needed,excellent content.It would be great to hear from retired people,as i intend to retire out there in a few years time,and am just doing the research

Hans said:
28 January 2009 @ 14:32

Good show, with valid points.
Talking about the tings that could go wrong, maybe it would be a good thing to publish a list of all those things, which should not be to hard with all the experience that the regulars of EOS have.

Thought the sound was good, but the picture a little too light for my taste.

Les said:
28 January 2009 @ 15:36

Unfortunately,I am unable to veiw the shows, there is just a blank white box appear when I click on veiw, can anyone help ?

David said:
29 January 2009 @ 10:46

Hi Les,

Have you got Flash Player installed on your PC? If not, you can get it from here:




beverley said:
29 January 2009 @ 16:11

Hi - Colin was very interesting but shame we couldn't hear all he had to say. Perhaps if you were to keep to the point you would cover more ground (constructive comment only). Would love to know whow the global financial crisis has affected life for expats. Also could someone who has lived in Spain be invited on please. Would also be interested to have an update on the property market and where people recommend living away from the Costas where there is a high quality of life.

Tyler said:
27 February 2009 @ 12:53

Relp Me..

Mark said:
01 July 2009 @ 00:40

TechnoApe is correct about youth crime in the UK but has a lot to learn about Spanish Politics, which is 99% more corrupt than the UK.

Prices are going up here too - much pricier here than UK. Also, pace of life comments are stupid - people work harder and longer hours here because they are worried sick about losing work and losing their investment in Spain. Weather is 1% of moving to Spain. A generally very ignorant commentary indeed.

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