I found out today that we have repatriation insurance and that this is part and parcel of opening a Spanish Bank account. This discovery came in the form of both an unexpected and unexplained deduction from our Spanish Bank account.
In the past, I have been the victim of both fraudulent activity and unexplained deductions from Bank accounts. As such I have a got into the habit of regularly checking our accounts to make sure there have been no strange transactions. Continue reading →
How much did it cost to buy our cave is a question we have been asked by both family and friends over the last few months.
Well now we can answer the question as we finally know ourselves, as whilst Friday 13th is unlucky for some, it’s certainly not for us, as the sale of the property is complete. We are happy and excited to announce that we are now proud owners of 2 cave houses in Andalucia, Spain. Continue reading →
Another milestone was reached today, as our Solicitor has confirmed that he is in receipt of my ‘Numero de Identificacion de Extranjero‘ (NIE number). A NIE number is a tax identification in Spain for everyone who is not a Spanish citizen.
You will need an NIE number as a foreigner in Spain to do any of the following: Continue reading →
The truth behind currency exchange is that the rates you see are not going to be the rates you actually get. So how can you get the best possible rate ?
Although we have lived abroad for over 10 years, I have to be honest and say that we paid little to no attention to exchange rates, simply transferring money between accounts as and when necessary. Continue reading →
The next stage of our property purchase was to arrange a power of attorney. For a lot of people this is an essential part of buying a property abroad. I mean, who has either the time or the money to travel and be available for the more mundane aspects of property purchase ?
However, I found that when I mentioned that I was going to arrange a Power of Attorney, there was always someone to act as the voice of doom and gloom and telling me all the reasons why I should not do it. Continue reading →
It was an early morning start to our final week on holiday in Andalucia, as I was heading to Almeria airport to pickup my sister who was arriving at 9:30am.
There were lots of wind farms along the way …
as well as an intriguing looking castle sitting alone on a hill on the edge of the Sierra Nevada. I later googled it and found out it was Calahorra Castle – its duly been added to the ‘must visit’ list. Continue reading →