Happiness is not a constant!

We’re almost in month 17 of living in Spain and I’m determined to live the simple life we dreamed off when we set out this adventure. Mindset and your attitude to life is something I’ve studied for a long time and I believe it’s crucial to live a fulfilled life. We’ve all heard of the old adage, ‘Is your glass…

Living in Spain – 16 months in….

I’ve not wrote a blog for a while. This is on the basis that I’ve got bugger all to write about. Not a good platform to write a blog. This is the thing about moving to Spain, strip away the village gossip, and the constant challenge of earning enough money to pay the bills, not much else…

A year living in Spain

Well, we’ve lived in Spain for 1 year now and what a year it’s been. As I’ve mentioned it my previous blogs it’s been the hardest year of our lives but I’m going to focus on the many positives in this blog. I think it’s only right to put the challenging experiences behind us, learn…

Toxic Ex-Pat Villages in Spain

I always try to write blogs on the positives of moving to Spain and clearly there are many. Unfortunately, from to time you come across negative or what I would call toxic situations / people. The one curve ball that really hit us was the village ex pat gossip culture that exists in many villages in Spain. It…

Cost of living in Spain – April 2017

Prior to moving out to Spain, one of the most useful blogs I used to read was from a lady who used to write about the cost of living over here. With this in mind, I have created our version – I hope you find it useful. Typical Basic Shopping costs Wine from the local…

A trip to Benidorm

I must admit visiting Benidorm has never been on my agenda. In fact, as a family we have done everything to avoid such busy places. On our regular visits to Moraira, we used to gasp at the tower blocks as we drove from the airport towards the Northern Costa Blanca in disbelief that people would…

La Buena Vida restaurant review – Hondon de los Frailes

I feel guilty not writing this review for La Buena Vida in Hondon Frailes earlier as we’ve been three times and each visit was just as fab as the first. The restaurant is in a great location with plenty of parking in the nearby streets and it’s been decorated to a very high standard. I…

Leishmaniasis – protecting our dogs in Spain

The warm spring temperatures will delight sunbathers, but other consequences are far less positive: the activity of phlebotominae (the mosquitos or sandflies which cause leishmaniasis) due to the high spring temperatures, mean we have to protect our dogs. The infection can be fatal in animals, and in rare cases can also be transmitted to human…

Striving for the simple life in Spain?

It’s a few months since I wrote the last blog and I must admit I have reflected long and hard on what I should write about. We have had some lovely feedback regarding our blogs especially by those people who are looking to move out here to Spain and I will try my best to…

Diesel on my chinos

Well we’re nearly into the 2 month mark and the campo life has become home from home. We love it. Old Spanish Rafael daily flying past the villa on his scooter, the lovely Rita and Dieter (German couple next door), Bryan and Margaret up the road and Mick and Caroline down the track, everyone has been…

Restaurant review – Punjabi Virsa – Hondon de los Frailes

Well after picking up my wife, Gail from the airport this morning (She’d just landed back from the UK), we decided to head down to the new Indian restaurant in Hondon de los Frailes. It turns out this was a very wise decision! Having lived in Altrincham in the UK, (not far from the curry…

Life in Spain – Week 4

Hola Amigos, hope you are well. Seems ages since the last update but it’s literally a week or so ago. Time is going so fast. I suppose that’s the downside of living a much more enriched life. The more you enjoy it the faster it goes. If that’s the only compromise, I’ll take it! Last…