By Jennifer Leighfield • 10 June 2021 • 13:58
Would you make the move again?
Seventy-five per cent of our readers would make the move to Spain again
WITH everything that has gone on in the past year, including Brexit and a worldwide pandemic, Euro Weekly News asked our readers if, knowing what they know now they would still move to Spain.
The consensus was a resounding yes! Despite the challenges that it sometimes presents, Spain offers an amazing lifestyle and most people, given the choice over again, would still decide to move here. Seventy-five per cent of our readers said that they do not regret having moved to Spain.
Suzanne Stokes said “Yes – never regretted it for a day. But we live on the coast, where our limited Spanish is not a problem – and we do accept it’s not Britain and we respect things are sometimes done differently here. To be honest we liked it better 15 years ago, before there were so many British shops, bars and fast food restaurants – but still a wonderful place to live.”
Missing family, especially due to the coronavirus travel restrictions is one of the main reasons why our readers may reconsider their decision, like Bev Somervell, who said “no, didn’t know I wouldn’t be able to see my family for two years and still don’t know when I will see them.”
Sue Peers commented on how safe she feels in Spain, saying “Definitely, almost 15 years now, would never want to go back to UK now, every day nothing but violence, where we live in Spain never any problems, never afraid of going out on my own at anytime, never afraid to walk past a group of teenagers, I know it’s not going to be like that all over Spain but choose wisely and it’s the best life you could have.”
Carole Evans praised the people and the health system “Absolutely yes, we have lived here for 20 years. The health service is 1st class and the Spanish people are great, I was taught to treat people like you wish to be treated. Learning enough Spanish is a must, having Spanish friends is also good. Our home is here in Spain, wouldn’t change it.”
Reasons why our readers would do it all again:
Weather (except the wind and sandy rain)
Cost of life
Pace of life
Low heating bills
The Spanish people
National Health System
Reasons why our readers would decide to stay away:
Missed family too much
Bureaucracy, especially the cost of being self-employed
Mosquitoes and snakes
(* The percentage, comments and reasons above are based on the comments received on our Facebook post of Sunday, June 6, 2021)
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Jennifer Leighfield, born in Salisbury, UK; resident in Malaga, Spain since 1989. Degree in Translation and Interpreting in Spanish, French and English from Malaga University (2005), specialising in Crime, Forensic Medicine and Genetics.
Published translations include three books by Richard Handscombe. Worked with Euro Weekly News since November 2006. Well-travelled throughout Spain and the rest of the world, fan of Harry Potter and most things ‘geek’.
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