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chopchi replied to the thread Rolf on the Spain forum on September 01, 2014:
rodolfo initially posted:
Hi Sally, Wonder if you could help. I'm a retired single from the US and would like an idea of whether I can afford living somewhere on the Mediterranean coast; Costa Blanca, del Sol, Almeria, Murcia or further up north. I'm on a very tight Social Security pension budget and now live on the coast in Puerto Vallarta ,Mejico on a rented local style furnished apt. where my total expenses including rent with phone , electricity, internet and cleaning service, for US$ 308 a eating out one meal each day , does not exceed US$ 750 per month. From what I research about cost of living in Spain's southern coast I figure I could pay up to but no more than US$ 400 ( euros) a month total rent for a studio or small apt. and spend about US$ 500 (aprox. 400 euro) for the rest of my expenses to live there as I do here now. Think it possible? Would greatly appreciate your help.
chopchi replied 5 hours ago with:
I think you seriously need to do some research! Go to the Spanish Embassy website for accurate info on living in Spainas an American! Go to an apt website such as rentalia and see what you would pay for an apt!
rodolfo replied 11 hours ago with:
True, but tou can request and obtain en extension for another 90 days. what about my questions regarding your statements about poverty line , etc.? Can you give a reasoned answer to what seems to be your denial of the possibility of me as a single senior living in mediterranean Spain on my limited income of 812 euros a month?
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garnetlady replied to the thread Health insurance costs on the Spain forum:
SunSpotter initially posted:
Hello everybody! I am Canadian planning to spend my golden years in Spain and am looking for any information regarding available for me health insurance providers, and, most importantly, costs associated. Any help would be appreciated greatly. Please chime in!
garnetlady replied on August 31, 2014 with:
Help! Researching health insurance for US retirees over 65 in Spain. Can anyone advise me?
wallymountz replied on August 29, 2014 with:
Hmmm . . . price came out to $250 Euros and as near as I can tell, they don't insure anyone over 65 years old.
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Expat ArticlesArticle Summary: There are three new legal changes on the horizon in Spain, which will positively impact expats and family inheriting from relatives who were expats in Spain. Melissa Sullivan outlines them. (Continue)
morgansexpatbar replied to the thread Expat-themed bar on the Spain forum:
morgansexpatbar initially posted:
Hi all, I'm thinking about opening a bar geared towards expats in Spain. What do you all think of this idea? The idea is that eventually there would be an international network of bars under the same name in iconic tourist locations. Hope to hear from you!!
morgansexpatbar replied on August 28, 2014 with:
Most of the general information about our operation can be found on our website In a nutshell, we are a new brand of beach bar lokking for partnerships with local expat operators.We do the branding, promotion, etc but do not pay the bar expenses as the operator does. Think of it as a poor man's franchise. I am in the UK until Monday. If you are intereted in this and are near London please contact me directly at with your contact info. I do not have time to check the posts. Cheers, George
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rodolfo replied to the thread Where to live in Spain on the Spain forum:
RGBIII initially posted:
Just retired. Did Panama for a few months. Not a good fit. Starting my research on Spain. Will be living on a budget. Will be doing a single. Not crazy about the big city, but don't want to be isolated. Being close to the coast would be preferable. Cost of rentals and general cost of living. What kind of red tape to live in Spain. Any information you can provide would be appreciated.
rodolfo replied on August 27, 2014 with:
oakisland replied on August 27, 2014 with:
Love Spain, it's not as inexpensive as it used to be, but definitely cheaper than the USA, you can find tons of places just google, costa blanca has tons tows & villages, so does andalucia, lovely & warmer. we are going just for 2 months though.
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oakisland replied to the thread buying prescription meds for a us tourist on the Spain forum on August 26, 2014:
oakisland initially posted:
Hi: Does anyone knows if a us tourist needs a Dr. prescription to purchase their daily medications in Spain? Thanks, oakisland
oakisland replied on August 26, 2014 with:
cwells67: I should also add that our meds are just for basic cholesterol & high blood pressure meds, nothing for major conditions. Thanks again.
oakisland replied on August 26, 2014 with:
Thank you cwells67: I intent to bring all of our meds for the time we'll be in Spain, 2 months, however, I just wanted to find out info, just in case, I'll bring them filled and also bring the prescription hard copy just in case. Thank you again.
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oakisland posted Train travel time from Barcelona to Avignon on the Spain forum on August 25, 2014:
Hi: Does anyone knows what is the travel time for AVE train ride from Barcelona to Avignon, France & its cost. thank you, oakisland
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Expat Report Review of Marbella Montessori in Marbella, Spain by Fathector was published
Review-of-Marbella Montessori
How would you describe the facilities at this school? What extra-curricular activities are available?
There are currently 2 sites: a nursery and primary. Both are acutely under resourced in terms of equipment and staff. Health and safety is an issue that had not been addressed during my time there. Head mistress is difficult to deal with, most parents will not bring issues up with her because of the stinging, off hand remarks in front of other parents and children and unwillingness to address issues at her school. Numerous children have reported to parents that she shouts at them. My child was afraid of her.Parents were asked to fund raise for the new school in its entirety, I believe 20k was the (un achieved) goal and more funds are needed to complete the primary facilities which parents were asked to raise ie: capital for the school has come entirely from parents with no shareholding options. Staff and parents have left in droves in the last 6 months. Montessori influence is minimal. Most expensive school on the coast, to my knowledge not a member of any regulatory bodies eg NABBS and I am uncertain if they are registered with the Town Hall. I withdrew my child and have found her blossoming in her new school and catching up quickly on the work that was supposed to have been done at Marbella Montessori. (Continue)
alexandrashaw posted A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) - Almeria on the Spain forum on August 19, 2014:
A Place In The Sun (Channel 4) is looking for British expats living in or around Almeria. They should be happy to appear on camera talking to our presenter about their experiences of moving and living abroad. If you are interested in taking part, please e-mail[at] with your contact details and a brief account of the motives for your move. Thank you!
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tracyarnie replied to the thread rentals on the Spain forum on August 19, 2014:
tracyarnie initially posted:
Hi all We are looking to rent somewhere for around 6weeks from jan-feb untill we return to work in france, we work for eurocamp uk, Thx all Tracy
tracyarnie replied on August 20, 2014 with:
Thankyou dudsy
rodolfo replied on August 20, 2014 with:
I'm wanting to rent a furnished studio or apt. for two or three months or perhaps longer either in the Costa Blanc, the Costa de Sol, Murcia, etc. starting any time after November first 2014,. I am a single very senior retired US professional who speaks Spanish and on a VERY limited Social Security budget, thus rental cost is paramount. Please contact Rolf at ; Thank you
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