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An Expat Talks about Living in Villaricos, Spain

Submitted by Gophie

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Villaricos

Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.

We thought a slower pace of life would be found in Spain, also a cheaper cost of living. We needed to find work and knew it may be a bit difficult but were not prepared for how hard it is.

How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Definitely a cheaper cost of living and a slower pace of life. We hear of far less crime than the UK and generally find the Spanish people to be very friendly, especially if you make the effort to integrate.

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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?

Finding work is a nightmare, the attitude of some other expats makes us cringe sometimes.

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craigandmicki
Feb 28, 2012 05:24

Appreciated how, in one sentence, you captured the feelings so many of us have regarding the attitudes of some expats...yes, we are all prone to cringe at behaviors, attitudes, beliefs and inflexibility. Sometimes, we go out of our way to make up for what we hear others saying or see them doing so that we aren't all tainted with that brush of "a foreigner". Getting a job is so difficult in any other country, yet it might be possible to get projects and even barter in exchange for help. As an example, could you help a Spanish tourism company attract people from your country by revising their communications to better target an audience you understand, and accept dinner coupons or a travel package for 'payment'?

guest
Mar 10, 2012 16:30

Agree with all the comments. Thankfully I am retired with a fixed income so don't have the worry about employment. My family has visited me from the States and see why I would not move back. They love the little town I live in, the friendliness ofthe people. There are sufficient expats from other countries living here and English speaking people are easy to find. But I did enroll in language school from the first week I arrived and studied diligently because I wanted the ability to speak my thoughts in full sentences...not pidgin Spanglish. Has paid off. Friends in the States say I am living a dream..and after almost 9 years here I know that I am. I visit the USA every summer and connect with close friends and family. Of course I have daily and/or weekly phone communication with all back home through my Vonage phone.And this makes a world of difference. I'm never out of touch. In reality, this relocation was not difficult but different. Learning new ways of a new culture...every day was an exciting and most interesting experience. One must have a good sense of humor and able to chuckle at any frustrating moments. regards Didi

MGLuke
Jul 20, 2015 04:37

Thank you for the post. All the information that you can post would be fantastic.

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