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Expat Report Review of Mayfair academy in Estoponia, Spain was published
Review-of-Mayfair academy
What advice would you give to someone considering enrolling their child in this school?
It's worth a try. I like the small class sizes and the warmth of the staff. (Continue)
A reader commented on the Expat Report Moving to Almeria, Spain
What advice would you give someone preparing to move to your area about the actual move, choosing a neighborhood and finding a home?
Hire a car, tour the area and find the village or town that appeals to you most. Find a good Spanish registered SL or SA estate agency - CB's are the equivalent to self employed status - and spend three days looking at houses in the area of your choice. Make sure that you have a car or access to one because in rural Spain it is essential to have transport. (Continue)
catnathan replied most recently with:
I would like to know what the weather is like there in winter
briloop replied recently with:
It is still possible to buy a very large, beautiful property for around 100,000. 100,000 euros or 100,000 dollars?
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leomlee replied most recently with:
Spain is known to have water shortage issues. So, it will be more informative and useful if the author discusses this problem. For a dry and arid area like Murcia, where is the water coming from and to what extent it is a problem.
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New Year, New Start? Just moved to Spain as an early retiree but haven’t yet registered for healthcare? Check out how to register properly for healthcare in Spain, bearing in mind you may need to take out private health insurance for the first year. Just retired to Spain but haven’t yet registered for healthcare? Contact the International Pension Centre to apply for a UK Pensioner S1 form to access the public healthcare system on the same basis as a Spanish pensioner. For more information, visit and watch our Moving to Spain? Think about healthcare! video found here:
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Shopping and transportaion at the door. Beach is 3 blocks away
cwells67 replied to the thread Legal ways to extend stay in Spain on the Spain forum:
libbym initially posted:
I'm a US citizen who's very eager to immerse herself in Spanish culture and, among other things, teach English as a second language in Spain. Obviously, if I'm lucky I could work for a place that would actually help me with a work Visa - problem solved. However, I know from experience that's often not the case. Which leads me to turn to you all to see if you have any suggestions about staying longer. My friend told me that if you can demonstrate that you have a certain amount of assets you can stay up to a year or something. I can't find any official info on that nor on whether buying property would help. I'd really appreciate any guidance you can provide, even some brainstorming on good websites to search for info. muchas gracias, Libby
cwells67 replied on January 25, 2015 with:
Hi, Libby, I have been in Spain for a little over a year, so all of the craziness that accompanied my planning and arrival here is pretty fresh. Much of it is also documented on my blog - I'll send you a PM and we can continue from there. Best, c
libbym replied on January 24, 2015 with:
Thanks everyone for your input. And thank you C, especially. I'll check out those links you sent me and may ask you some follow up questions privately. How long have you been in Spain? I currently live in San Francisco, by the way. Take care, Libby
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butchie posted Artist looking for a home on the Spain forum:
I will be traveling Europe in the spring, Spain is No.1 on my list for a place to relocate. I looking for an area on the southern coast, perhaps Barcelona area where I can be with my fellow artists. I can afford maybe 650 euros a month. I’d like to know the monthly income I would need to live a somewhat comfortable lifestyle. A little more than a 1 room, cold water single light bulb flat, but nowhere near the lifestyle of the rich and famous. I’m hoping there is a fellow artist who might lend me a helping hand by giving me some direction. Thanks Ervin
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Sal1y replied to the thread Less expensive cities to live in Spain on the Spain forum:
rtayl3864 initially posted:
Hello, I am thinking of moving to Spain. I assume some places to live are much less expensive than others. I am thinking of smaller cities, less touristy places to live. Does anyone have any suggestions/thoughts about less expensive places to live in Spain? Thank you.
Sal1y replied most recently with:
Hi rtay, Have just seen your post and would like to put forward the suggestion of Almeria, the capital city of the Province of Almeria (and also in Andalucia). It is a pleasant and not too large city on the Mediterranean coast, boasting it's own airport (just a short drive away) which although provincial still has links to the UK at least and more so in the summer. It is close to the main Autovia Mediterraneo (E17) which gives you access to the whole southern coast of Spain and beyond. It is located close to the beautiful Cabo de Gata National Reserve and it's long sandy beaches (where the likes of Laurence of Arabia was filmed). Well worth a look and if I can be of assistance (I live in a small provincial town in Almeria) then I would be pleased to show you around perhaps. I have a website: and although not showing any housing in that area I would be pleased to send you details of properties in Almeria if you let me know what you are looking for. With kindest regards and best wishes for a very Happy New Year! Sally
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sdamazo replied to the thread Appartment rental in Malaga area on the Spain forum:
MauriceRheaume initially posted:
I am from Montreal Canada and looking for an affordable (approx 700 Euros) long term rental in the Malaga Area. I will not have a car so I am looking for a quiet area, walking distance from commodities (public transport, market, sea, cultural venues...). What sectors are not too urban with parks, greenery ? Thanks for your kind consideration. Maurice
sdamazo replied most recently with:
Maurice There is a lot of offer and very good ones. Where is the exactly place? I rented for a few months outside Estepona and wherever you go there are markets, etc. Culture venues most probsbly in large cities like Malaga, everywhere, sea is quite nice too... /r/ Shirley
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sdamazo replied to the thread Is there discrimination against large families? on the Spain forum:
movingfamily initially posted:
Hi, all. We are in the process of moving to Barcelona (work related). We have been trying to rent a house locally. Even though we have plenty of money (what they refer to as a "good profile"...looking in the 4K to 5K Euro range) & stellar credit, we have been turned down not once, but twice (in Cabrils & Sant Cugat), because we have five children. And they blatantly say so, which is completely illegal in a place like the U.S., so I am still in shock. My husband's HR department says it's the renter's choice to do so. I am just concerned that if we somehow miraculously find a place to live that won't shun us because of the number of little sweethearts we have, that we will still somehow be looked down upon (and worse yet, my children treated poorly) and have a poor quality of life there. I am just stunned because I thought it was supposed to be a family oriented culture. I am weary to make another "house renting attempt" trip across the pond. I hate to even say this, but we are what would be considered "wealthy Americans" (cringe). Just to give enough info. incase someone were to respond that this is a common attitude toward poor, immigrating families from other countries (which is still wrong). Any feedback on big family discrimination? I am more nervous to move there due to these experiences. Any feedback or your past/current experiences would be appreciated. Thanks.
sdamazo replied most recently with:
Weird, this the first time I hear about it. You are not blame for past experiences either. I have a contact in Barcelona from a state agency if you want. They deal with the type of property you are looking for. /r/ Shirley
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