Moving to Spain

Frequently people consider leaving everything behind to emigrate to another country, to a warmer climate, to a more relaxed lifestyle, to live a new experience. Most of us just go on dreaming about it, but some actually do it! Like us! In Agust 2001 we left Holland with our 3 daughter (then 5, 3 and 1 years old) to live in Andalusia, Spain. In this Blog we write about this past adventure and how we slowly built up a new life in Spain.

Moving to Spain Celebrating Día de la Hispanidad in Spain

Today, on Día de la Hispanidad, we come together on a global level to celebrate the rich heritage, vibrant cultures, and profound unity of Hispanic nations. This momentous occasion goes beyond geographical boundaries, transcending borders...Read More

Living in Andalusia, Moving to Spain A Success Story: A Day in the Life of Ecological Farmers in Ronda, Andalusia

It is Rural Luxury season and with this very new blog series we want to give you a sneak peak into the lives of our Andalusian heroes. We have always written about what it must...Read More

Living in Andalusia, Moving to Spain Bed and Breakfast in Casares, Kia Ora

In New Zealand, Maori is the Malayo-Polynesian language, where Kia Ora means to wish someone well, to greet them, or to wish someone life and health. This precisely, is what the Bed and Breakfast in...Read More

Moving to Spain 8. Integrating in Andalusia

We’ve taken a new step in the integration process : Nienke has announced that she would like to invite a friend to play at our house . Could we ask Marta? In the Netherlands it...Read More

Moving to Spain 7. How do kids learn Spanish?

Children pick up a new language easily is always said. Our experience is slightly different! Especially if the child in question does not want to make mistakes, and afraid to be laughed at! If adults...Read More

Moving to Spain 5. The Spanish nursery school: The ‘Guardería’

I have to prepare myself yet again for the next hurdle in my new Spanish life. This time with my middle daughter Danielle (3yrs old at the time) who will attend the local nursery. A...Read More

Moving to Spain 4. Mum’s first day in a Spanish school

Visiting the information morning for parents in Nienkes new school I know exactly how my oldest daughter of 5 is going to feel tomorrow! I don’t understand a thing they are discussing, I get a...Read More

Moving to Spain 3. Hooray! We found a Finca in Casares

Frankly, I began to wonder why I left the Netherlands! My dream was to live on the Andalusian countryside, on a beautiful authentic finca, surrounded by  olive trees, and space! And now I am wearing...Read More

Moving to Spain 2. Feria in Manilva

Freshly arrived in Andalusia we immersed ourselves in the Spanish culture. Feria! In other words, party-time! And the Spaniards know how to party... But what about us Dutchmen ? One thing is certain,...Read More

Moving to Spain 1. Adios Holanda, Hola España

August 2001. It’s  30ºC in Holland!  The children are playing in the garden with the sprinkler. You can hear their screaming  three blocks away . “It’s raining, it’s  raining, now it’s my turn, I am”....Read More

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