Speaking European – Georgina Doran

Georgina Doran Credit: Georgina Doran, Facebook

Georgina was just 19 with a degree in journalism, working for the BBC Northern Ireland when she discovered the beauty of Spain.

Coming from Belfast to Altea on Valentine´s Day, she “fell in love” with the town and couldn´t resist the idea of moving. In 2004, she moved and began working in sales in Alfas del Pi before moving to Barcelona.

In the city, however, she felt homesick; “But I wasn´t homesick for Belfast. I was homesick for Costa Blanca,” she recalled. Georgina now marks her 20th anniversary of living in Spain: “I had never planned to move to Spain but I never regretted it; it was the best decision I´ve ever made.”

She shared that she especially felt at home on the Coast: “Here in Costa Blanca, I feel like a part of a community, not just a number like in big cities. I never feel lonely.”

Georgina also confessed that she is “still 100 per cent Irish,” and visits her motherland regularly. Moreover, being the owner of the Irish pubs The Irish Tavern and The Church, Georgina unites the Irish community here in Spain and never feels out of place; “I feel like I´m meant to be here.”

“Spain is my home; both of my children were born here,” she confessed and gave words of encouragement to those considering moving to Spain.

“When I moved, I had never owned a business before. I started from scratch and I´m proud of what I have achieved. Don´t wait until you have the experience to make changes. Make changes now. Look for advice from people who know better.”

She emphasised that although the legality of Spain gets a bad reputation, “it´s fairly simple here once you ask for help. There are always supportive people and there are always opportunities around you. Remember, if you don´t start, you´ll never learn.”

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Written by

Anna Akopyan

Originally from Moscow, with Russian and Armenian origins, Anna has lived in Costa Blanca for over ten years. She is passionate about singing, acting and traveling.

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