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HayleyBryant 8th April 2012 09:33 PM

Moving to Barcelona, good or bad idea
 
Hi All, I posted on here a couple if weeks (or so) ago about areas to live near Barcelona as my husband is in the process of securing a job there. We have been backwards and forwards in our discussions about this decision, as he is very much for it and I am swaying towards staying put in the UK.
We have a 2.5 yr old daughter and we are keen to have another child soon. We have a great support network (family and friends) here, however we have always talked about living abroad.
Just looking for some advice from people who have made this huge, life changing decision! Was it worth the risk? Is the grass greener etc?!?
Thanks H :o)

nigele2 9th April 2012 07:41 AM

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Originally Posted by HayleyBryant (Post 757762)
We have a 2.5 yr old daughter and we are keen to have another child soon. We have a great support network (family and friends) here, however we have always talked about living abroad.
Just looking for some advice from people who have made this huge, life changing decision! Was it worth the risk? Is the grass greener etc?!?
Thanks H :o)

Hayley do you speak fluent Spanish or Catalan? If the answer is no then moving to Barcelona is a big NO.

My other question is why now? Spain is on the knife edge of economic disaster. Civil unrest, especially in Barcelona is a certainty - I mean whatelse have the unemployed youth (that's 50% of youth) to do?.

Surely having your second baby, preparing well, and moving to a recovering Spain in say seven years makes more sense. Your eldest will adapt easily at 9 years old if you prepare well.

HayleyBryant 9th April 2012 07:50 AM

No neither of us speak any Spanish at all. The reason for this decision now is purely to do with the job my husband is being offered, from a financial perspective we would be better off in Spain. I don't feel that it is really the right time for us as a family and am concerned about the same things you have put here.
I guess I am looking for reassurance that my fears aren't just me being scared of relocating!! Thanks for your message.

nigele2 9th April 2012 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by HayleyBryant (Post 757945)
.......from a financial perspective we would be better off in Spain.

Hayley I seriously doubt that. Spain is not cheap and you would have many additional costs as immigrants. The spanish salary would have to be at least double I would guess for that to be true.

And how certain is that one employment? The only thing certain in Spain is uncertainty.

Sorry to be bleak but please stick to your guns on this one. Good Luck :)

agua642 9th April 2012 08:21 AM

I agree with all the above! Spain is not the place to be moving to right now. Stay put where u have support from family & friends, there is no work here, every thing is uncertain in Spain!!

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xabiaxica 9th April 2012 08:26 AM

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Originally Posted by agua642 (Post 757959)
I agree with all the above! Spain is not the place to be moving to right now. Stay put where u have support from family & friends, there is no work here, every thing is uncertain in Spain!!

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yes, normally I'd agree - but THIS poster will be moving because her husband has work here!!!!!

you'd need to do your sums really carefully though - Barcelona is expensive I hear!!

however - if she really doesn't want to do it, then it's perhaps not a great time - nigele2 is right in saying that if there is to be civil unrest it will most likely start in Barcelona

nigele2 9th April 2012 09:09 AM

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Originally Posted by xabiachica (Post 757962)
because her husband has work here!!!!!

Xabiachica that is true but what is it worth? If he loses his job, the company quits Spain, or simply he cannot work due to ill health, the lack of work would mean that they'd have to move back, he without a job. That would cost big time.

ps. I'm doing my best in Madrid, it will not just be Barca ;)

xabiaxica 9th April 2012 09:14 AM

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Originally Posted by nigele2 (Post 757978)
Xabiachica that is true but what is it worth? If he loses his job, the company quits Spain, or simply he cannot work due to ill health, the lack of work would mean that they'd have to move back, he without a job. That would cost big time.

ps. I'm doing my best in Madrid, it will not just be Barca ;)

yes of course - but we don't know their circumstances in the UK, or what the job/company is - it might be worth the risk

agua642 9th April 2012 09:25 AM

Well best to let them decide, it's clear that Spain is in deep crises! and there's no money being spent, so the company her husband is employed by need to be in a strong financial situation incase the going gets tough. unless the move is vital, he may be better to stay employed in uk and wait for another move opportunity in a few years time .

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Pesky Wesky 9th April 2012 09:28 AM

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Originally Posted by HayleyBryant (Post 757762)
Hi All, I posted on here a couple if weeks (or so) ago about areas to live near Barcelona as my husband is in the process of securing a job there. We have been backwards and forwards in our discussions about this decision, as he is very much for it and I am swaying towards staying put in the UK.
We have a 2.5 yr old daughter and we are keen to have another child soon. We have a great support network (family and friends) here, however we have always talked about living abroad.
Just looking for some advice from people who have made this huge, life changing decision! Was it worth the risk? Is the grass greener etc?!?
Thanks H :o)

Hmmm, what to say???

My first reaction would be to say that if you are so undecided about it then it's not the right move to make. Not trying to be overly dramatic, but moving house is one of the top 5 stress makers in life steps and that's without factoring in moving to a foreign country. It will put an enormous strain on all of you and if you don't have a united front, well that's going to make it even more difficult.

Whilst I agree with much that Nigel and xabia have said, I think you're the only one with all the facts and figures (salary in UK verus salary in Spain, place you live in UK versus living in Barcelona, what the job would mean to your husband, child learning another possibly 2 other languages, long term scenario) so you have to sift through the info that you've been given and give many many htings consideration like...
Would this be a long term or short term move?
Would you hope to settle here indefinitely or is this for a couple of years?
What if the company encounters problems here in Spain, would your husband have something back in the UK?
What about you? Are you up for living in another country? Do you hope to find work eventually (very slim pickings unfortunately)

Spain is a lovely country, and deserves to be a great country, but it's just not up there at the moment and you need to be aware of that. And you need to know that recovering its former position isn't just around the corner. It's still getting worse at the moment.

PS. IMO the grass isn't greener, it's browner if anything (hahaha). I'm much happier here than I would be in the UK, but I came to a completely different scenario to the one that you'd be walking into.


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