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One expat saved for several years and sold virtually everything so that he could move to Valencia, Spain. He enjoys Valencia's friendly people and cultural activities - many of which are free. He doesn't miss having a car, but has found the paperwork and fact that it takes much longer to get things done a bit of a challenge.
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Describe how you "dreamed" expat life would be before you moved overseas. Please provide as much detail as possible.
Three years before I moved here, I decided to move to Valencia, Spain. Since making that decision, I saved as much as I could and sold pretty much everything I owned so I could move without too many complications.
How has your expat experience met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Yes, in many ways, my expectations and my dreams were similar. I had also visited the city several times to make sure I knew what I was going to encounter. The people here are amazing, and very friendly, for the most part. The cultural aspects of this area are also incredible, and there are so many things to enjoy about the city. Not having a car has not been a problem, and finding an apartment was relatively easy. I am always finding something new to do for free or close to free.
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How has your expat experience NOT met the expectations you dreamed about before you moved abroad?
Paperwork here is a bit of a challenge, and the concept of customer service is certainly not what I am used to seeing. I have pretty much given up on the idea that I can get something done in a single day. Instead, many processes take a week or more to just get an appointment, such as when going to a doctor, requesting house services like a phone or television, or opening an account. For example, it took over a month to get a cellphone number, which would have taken an hour in the US.
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Take some time and get to know the zones of the city in a preview trip if you can. Do what works for you... unlike the US, you are paying the rental agents at least a month's rent for their services, so call SEVERAL and see what each can find. Be very clear what you are looking to rent, and walk around in the area and call the numbers from the signs in the windows.
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Valencia is my dream to in a few years. Are you employed though?