New members of the Spain forum, introduce yourselves here - 2019

Hi all,

Newbie on the Spain forum? Don't know how to start?

This thread is for you ;)

We invite you to introduce yourself on this topic, to share with us your expat story if you are already living in the country,
or to tell us more on your expat projects in Spain if you are planning to move there.

It will enable us to help you better but above all to wish you a warm welcome.

Welcome on board!

Hi guys,

My name is Ovidiu, I'm 28 years old, and I'm planning to relocate in Barcelona, within May-June along with my family. Besides my beloved wife, I have 2 boys - one is 2 years and a half, and the other one is 2 months old.

I am also willing to relocate my business too, which is mostly about photo booth rentals.

From my perspective, the business will root immediately if I can manage to do what I have in mind - I want to setup photo booths, in the streets, in the crowded areas.. but there are two main problems:
1. the power supply... planning to get power from some neighbours, for a fee ofc;
2. the license... this is the most overwhelming thing I studied about...

I read, I study, I send e-mails and talk with both sides, consultants and employees of public entities. The firsts, say that is almost impossible because it's too much bureaucracy (maybe it's true, but for someone who truly desires this, it isn't a problem), and the public institutions keep passing me to one from another (talk to that, talk with them, we don't know that kind of stuff - go and talk with..).

If someone, knows anything about this, please, give me a hint.


Hi my name is Alison I am a fully qualified massage and skin rejuvernation therapist. I am also a uk registered nurse. I moved here with my partner Iain in December last year from the English Lake District. The weather here is much better!!!
I have just got my therapy business up and running from home, offering a tranquil space for a relaxing treatment. Iain is a qualified coach driver/manager inc European work. Although he loves DIY and has a sound knowledge of electrics and plumbing. He loves renovation work!
We are coverting our large garage into two en suite bedrooms for guests and want to run it as a bed and breakfast...hopefully by April!!
We have brought with us our dog and cat who are absolutely loving ghr extensive outdoor space! In fact we all are!

Hi. We've lived in Spain (Benitachell - small village in the northern Costa Blanca) since 2007.  Totally love it.  However, we're looking to re-locate to a nice, but less expensive area (property-wise) that has a reasonable UK ex-pat community.  Open to any suggestions - especially inland Spain where property prices are lower.  Looking to release some capital.  Love the idea of a rural property, as long as it's not too remote.  Suggestions as to area would be marvellous!!


Your enthusiasm is great. But not quite sure you have the right business plan. Most people take selfies on their mobile phones , so no need for your product? But wish you all the best!

Hello everyone, my name is BRENDA SMYTH,  52 years old. Just got here 2 weeks ago.  Head hunting carers for a company in Bristol UK. Trying to set up as a recruitment company (taking baby steps as I am clueless).
I love Alicante and I have been coming here for years every summer.

Hi everyone.

I moved to Spain in December, 2018, and have now spent 2 months in Spain. It is a definite upgrade from South Africa, especially since I got to bring my dogs and cats with me.

I am a university student, and ready to take advantage of the opputunities that Spain offers to me, the very opputunities that I wasn't able to get in South Africa.

Open to any suggestions to what I can do or explore while I continue living here :)

My husband has just got a new job with Overseas in Torviscas and we are moving to Adeje,  I myself will be looking to start working at the end of April hopefully, can anyone recommend any agencies or anything else to help us.

Samantha Melia

Not that I think anything will happen by then,  but if Brexit we’re to happen on 29th March then no one knows what position you will be in following that.  That is, by your intended move to spain in April

If you move before Brexit then you will need to your paperwork ASAP    That is your registration on the EU Citizen Register

This might help

The online process is in Spanish and is not exactly straightforward.  Having help from someone who has at least basic Spanish is advisable.   You will also need to be able to print the application form,  bank payment  form and the confirmation of the appointment


.•            GO TO

•             PROVINCES AVAILABLE:       CHOOSE the province where your are living


              e.g.    “policía  certificado de residente o no residente”  (that includes NIE application)

•             ENTER THE DETAILS OF APPLICANT. if you have an NIE show that, if not then show your passport number

•            CHOOSE NATIONAL POLICE STATION FOR APPOINTMENT:      The one that covers the area where you are living


•             You must PRINT A COPY OF THE APPOINTMENT,   And take it with you to the police station


I am Peter. My wife and I have recently bought a property close to La Finca golf resort. We are aiming to move over in the next few years if possible. For now we will be using the property as a holiday home.
I am looking for for some quotes from recommended builders who build patios and tile gardens.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance


Hello, i am an expat living in barcelona for over a year now, a graduate of business admin from the EU business school, and i am 34 years old.

beign in barcelona is amazing, but job search is hard to get jobs especially for non europeans of african decent. it is really bad, the racism grows but i refuse to see it so i can achieve.

Hello Everyone! My name is Annabella and I am hoping to find inspiration, testimony, and assistance on how to successfully relocate to Spain. I am from Puerto Rico and I will be in Spain visiting for 2 months to connect with current expats not just internationally but also with those from US/Puerto Rico who have successfully moved to Spain on a Visa or Residency for longer than 6 months? I am hoping to start the formal visa process for relocation in the summer via the Spanish Consulate in San Juan Puerto Rico. However, I am not sure which one? I am a Project and Marketing Manager who works remotely and I am able to do so remotely as long as there is internet. Although I have considered a NL Visa, I do not have more than 30K in savings, I am not retired and I would love to do additional part-time work in Spain (I have a TEFL certificate).  So for anyone who is from Puerto Rico and has successfully moved to Spain please please share and or message me your tips and testimony of success! Much appreciated! BTW I am fluent in English, Spanish and Italian! Thanks!

Hi everyone!

My name is Marcela, I live in Miami Beach and I am planning on moving to Spain in the following months. I work remotely for a technology company which allows me to work anywhere in the world so I decided to relocate abroad.
My main concerns now are choosing the right city where I'm going to live,  making sure I can take my dog, and moving some of my stuff there. So far, I decided to move to Valencia but I am open to suggestions on other cities. If you are living in Valencia, please let me know which neighborhoods you recommend. I like safe walkable areas, well connected with public transportation with plenty to do (resto, bars, shopping, parks, etc.).
Have you use any moving company for your stuff that you can recommend?

Thank you!

Hola: Soy Roberto. Vivo en Valencia y Atlanta USA. I am looking to meet people and enjoy life in Valencia. I will be returning to Valencia in 10 May. Let’s see what we can put together. ~Beto

Hi  everyone! I moved to Vigo in Galicia just over two months ago from Ireland. I would really love to meet up with new friends to speak English to, go for a coffee, a walk, to the beach, a movie! I am loving life in Vigo, please get in touch :)

Buenos dias, amigos, I recently relocated to Almunecar in Andalusia from the US and would love to meet up with English-speaking expats for conversation and connection. I'm a semi-retired psychotherapist/counselor (don't be put off, I don't shrink heads :-) with a love of the outdoors and the ocean who got tired of living in the desert in Arizona (after living most of my adult life in northern California) and the increasingly hostile political climate in the US and decided to spend my final decades in the home of my ancestors. (My father, who I never got to know, was born and raised in Barcelona.) Other interests include meditation and healthy lifestyle, though I'm open to all perspectives and points of view. Let's be in touch. Stephan

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