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I'll go first................

I'm known as xabiachica:D


came to live in Spain with my husband & two daughters towards the end of 2003, after nearly 4 years of planning it (and a brief move to Florida on the way)!!

both girls are in the Spanish state school system, although for about a year they were at International school.


I teach, mostly Spanish at the moment, but at first I ran a homework club, then taught English in a language academy for a while. I also teach IGCSE maths, English & Spanish. I actually had no intention of working when we moved here - but got bored..........
 

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I guess I will get the ball rolling then.

My name is Mike, I'm 22 years young and I currently live in England.
I love to camp and go hiking, particularly in winter and arctic conditions.
I'm a huge hockey fan as well, go Canucks!

I found these forums when I started to look for areas to move to, as I am unhappy with quite alot in England. I've been to Spain a fair few times and decided that it's my destination of choice.

As it stands at the moment I'm saving up and trying to learn as much as I can before I take the plunge and make the move :)
I'm a sociable person so I think the sort of work I will be aiming to try and get at first will appeal to me ( Looking at bar work ) whilst I establish a better understanding of the language etc.

I really can't wait to move. Being stuck in limbo, knowing I want to move etc just makes me want it even more and I'm growing impatient lol.

Well anyway that's enough about me. Who are all of you guys and girls?!
 

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Hi all, I'm known on here as Alcalaina because I live in a little town called Alcalá. My OH and I took early retirement in 2008 and moved to Spain so that we could have a relaxed and healthy lifestyle in a beautiful environment. So far so good ...

We don´t have any kids (hence we could afford to retire early :)) but we have an elderly cat who came over from England with us, and has adapted well to to a life of lounging around doing nothing (as have I).

I spend my time painting, reading, cooking, exploring the area, writing my blog, and wasting time on the internet. There are very few English-speakers where we live; I learnt Spanish before we moved here and spend a fair amount of time keeping it up to scratch. I read Spanish newspapers and watch Spanish TV, which helps a lot. I also do translations of local history articles into English.

I like coming on this forum because you meet people with many different opinions, and there is nothing I enjoy more than a good "discussion"!
 

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Hi Im Lin
I have lived in Spain for the last 7 years with my OH he had to retired early due to ill health. My parents also live here just round the corner from us. They are now well into there 70ies
My 2 children 33yrs & 27yrs also lived here for about 5 years running a bar on the coast both have now returned to the UK as found it difficult to make ends meet.!!
We still love it but have found over the last few years we have had to tighten our belts much tighter than we would have liked!!
 

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I´m Thrax (not my real name, honest) and I moved to Spain about 9 months ago with my wife and beautiful baby boy. My wife's parents live here (have done for 10 years) and my parents have decided to follow me; they arrive in August. (I'm moving to Australia tomorrow). Many of the forum members speak huge sense and others read the Daily Mail. I just stick with being slightly stupid and brain dead but I know how to have fun and be opptimistic. I love being in Spain but I am only too well aware of the problems here, but also the possibilities.

I love reading (though the boy has prevented any of that lately), eating (I am a trained chef), movies (though the boy....), writing (though the boy...) and astronomy (the boy cannot prevent that as he is in bed when it happens). I have a degree in astronomy, cosmology, quantum physics and special relativity which is why I have no friends. My wife married my out of sympathy and I remain eternally grateful.
 

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We came to Spain beginning of 2008 with plans of my husband bringing his successful audio/visual, multimedia installation company with us and running a "sister" here. We were going to sell the UK house and buy in Spain, but my older daughters liked the idea of renting it from us, so we decided to rent here in Spain - and that was sooooo lucky, cos soon after we moved here the credit crunch happened. Due to that, my husband felt it wasnt a good time to start a business in spain, nor was it a good time to buy property here, the exchange rate suddenly went down and things became a struggle. So Husband commutes and the children and I live here in Spain. Things are easier here now and I have finally found work, so we're really happy and settled, but we've had some turbulent times here, one way and another - most quite well documented on here LOL!!!!! We are finally getting used to my husband having to commute, altho sadly, we cant say that we will be able to stay here forever!!

Jo xxx
 

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We came to Spain beginning of 2008 with plans of my husband bringing his successful audio/visual, multimedia installation company with us and running a "sister" here. We were going to sell the UK house and buy in Spain, but my older daughters liked the idea of renting it from us, so we decided to rent here in Spain - and that was sooooo lucky, cos soon after we moved here the credit crunch happened. Due to that, my husband felt it wasnt a good time to start a business in spain, nor was it a good time to buy property here, the exchange rate suddenly went down and things became a struggle. So Husband commutes and the children and I live here in Spain. Things are easier here now and I have finally found work, so we're really happy and settled, but we've had some turbulent times here, one way and another - most quite well documented on here LOL!!!!! We are finally getting used to my husband having to commute, altho sadly, we cant say that we will be able to stay here forever!!

Jo xxx
what IS forever?

do any of us really know if we'll be anywhere forever?

I can safely say Spain will always have part of my heart - & we'll always have some roots here - but I don't know if it's my 'forever home' as owdoggy would say - though I hope so - and right now you'd have to drag me kicking & screaming to live anywhere else!

but my older dd wants to go abroad for uni (the US) - the younger one I think might just stay here

we are still young enough (just) to decide on somewhere else - or not - if the early retirement plans come to fruition when the girls are off our hands

I rather fancy Greece.......................
 

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Hi every one . I am a nubey to this ,so i may need some help. My name is John . Is any one there ,.??
There are a load of us "here" john!
If you want to contribute to a thread just click on reply and write away. If you want to start a new thread go back to the initial page of "La Tasca" or the main Spain page. Towards the top, under the flags, it says new thread. Put a title and away you go.
 

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Hi every one . I am a nubey to this ,so i may need some help. My name is John . Is any one there ,.??
welcome!!

yes there are lots of us here - but not all at the same time!!

I've moved you to our intro thread - I hope you find yourself............
 
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Greetings!

Hiya,

I´m Yossa, short for Yossarian (Catch 22 anti-hero) not Yossa Hughes (Boys from blackstuff). Just turned 44 last week and quite happy with that. Avid climber/mountaineer and sailor, though not all at the same time...

I´ve spent 27 years in IT and decided to quit my London-Newcastle-New York job (I kid you not!) and drop out for a while. Highly paid jobs come with high levels of stress and terrible politics. So, I bought a boat, set several of my suits on fire, which was lush, and decided that bimbling about was all I wanted to do for a while.

I sailed to some fantastic places, met some fantastic people, told many fantastic tall stories and drank fantastic amounts of grog.

Three years later, I find myself 3,000ft up a mountain in Spain, sans boat.

Must have been the grog...
 

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There are a load of us "here" john!
If you want to contribute to a thread just click on reply and write away. If you want to start a new thread go back to the initial page of "La Tasca" or the main Spain page. Towards the top, under the flags, it says new thread. Put a title and away you go.
Thank you very much Pesky Wesky, I had a feeling Iwould need some Help. Got to find my way around this site LOL. I am moving to Hondon de las Nieves in two weeks. Hope the weather is better over there ,it is pooring down here in Nottingham at the min. Thanks again .
 
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Thank you very much Pesky Wesky, I had a feeling Iwould need some Help. Got to find my way around this site LOL. I am moving to Hondon de las Nieves in two weeks. Hope the weather is better over there ,it is pooring down here in Nottingham at the min. Thanks again .
Well mate, it´s rain cats and dogs here at the mo. Forecast is miserable here for a few days. :(
 

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Hiya,

I´m Yossa, short for Yossarian (Catch 22 anti-hero) not Yossa Hughes (Boys from blackstuff). Just turned 44 last week and quite happy with that. Avid climber/mountaineer and sailor, though not all at the same time...

I´ve spent 27 years in IT and decided to quit my London-Newcastle-New York job (I kid you not!) and drop out for a while. Highly paid jobs come with high levels of stress and terrible politics. So, I bought a boat, set several of my suits on fire, which was lush, and decided that bimbling about was all I wanted to do for a while.

I sailed to some fantastic places, met some fantastic people, told many fantastic tall stories and drank fantastic amounts of grog.

Three years later, I find myself 3,000ft up a mountain in Spain, sans boat.

Must have been the grog...
Hi Yossa . Pleased to meet you . Many happy Returns my friend. Just wish I was 44 again and know what I know now . To late I am 68 ,but still going stong LOL . I was an Engineer Tool-Maker for a long while, But finish up Maintenance Manager for a Mobile Phone Company. Now retired :clap2:
 

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I'm on here most days 'cos I find it interesting - usually (!). I most enjoy talking about this, my adopted country, and am not so keen on talking about the wider issues of life on this forum, although I have been known to do so.
As I've been here a long time, and have Spanish family, I believe I've been able to help some people out over the last couple of years. And, although it sounds corny, I've also found out a lot about life in Spain through the people on this forum who are living in different parts of Spain and who are living a different life to mine.
Long may it continue!
 

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Hepa here,

I am an old retired Git.

I first came to the Canary Island of Gran Canaria in 1962 on a Shell oil tanker called Achatina and that must have been the instigation of a life time relationship with this wonderful archipelago.

I first visited the Island of El Hierro in 1995, bought a house here in 2000. Having spent long periods here during the winter months, finally managed to sell, house, car, children, grandchildren, cats dogs, everything in the U.K., just over two years ago, and what a relief it was!

I do not have any educational qualifications whatsoever, I worked for fifty years.
I also paint, usually walls and ceilings, mainly in white.

Here where I live, there are probably another two English residents, we also have a Port Policeman of Spanish parentage, who says he was born in Wolverhampton. Therefore very little English is spoken. Crime is virtually unknown, people park cars with the keys in the ignition and engines running, some never lock their houses!!

Life here in the most southerly part of Spain is good, the climate is fantastic, the people are very accommodating and kind. My neighbours are Venezolanos and that is where my Pseudonym is from, I'm told it is a form of greeting in Venezuela.

Here is my home, here I am content to stay,


Hepa
 

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I'm English, live in the UK and visit Denia several times a year.

I have two boys, 15 and 21, and love my life in the UK where my family and friends are. However, I've always had a soft spot for Spain and wouldn't rule out living there on a part time basis if my current work plans do not materialise.
 
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