Category Archives: LIVING IN ANDALUCIA

Registering a UK car in Spain




Whilst I often use forums and Facebook pages as a source of information, I sometimes find the information misleading or advice provided off-putting. This was the case when I began researching registering a UK car in Spain. In fact I found so much contradictory information, out there, that i decided to write about my own experience of registering a UK car In spain in the hope that it would help others 🙂

Now some of you are going to say … “why did you bring your car to Spain, it’s easier just to buy a Spanish car”.

I am not going to argue with that. There are certainly many benefits in having a Spanish car and it maybe we buy a Spanish car in the future.  For us, it was simply a matter of circumstances that led us to having a UK car in Spain. Continue reading

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Successes and Setbacks (part 2)




More time has passed than intended since the first part of successes and setbacks; but now we can share what happened over the following weeks.

Whilst the 1st week was eventful and deserved an entry all of its own, thankfully things settled down as we started to find our feet in our new home 🙂 Continue reading

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A step by step guide to applying for an NIE number




A step by step guide to applying for an NIE number, takes a look at how we recently went about applying for Josie’s NIE number.

When you start to research into applying for an NIE number it can all seem a little daunting and overwhelming. I am also convinced that the websites offering to get the NIE for you (at quite a cost) make the whole process seem far more scary than it really is !

Back in 2015, we paid an Abogado (Solicitor) to apply for my NIE during the process of buying our cave house (you can read that blog entry here). The reason was simply that we had run out of time and as were living in the Caribbean, it was impossible to do it ourselves. The cost also wasn’t a real issue as we were both earning a living, it simply became part of the overall cost of buying our cave house.

At that time, we had only needed one of us to have an NIE number for the purchase of our cave, however, now that we were living in Spain, it was time to arrange one for Josie.

Now though, with time on our hands, as well as financial constraints, we decided we would apply for Josie’s NIE ourselves 🙂

I will start by saying that having just completed the process (within the last few days), it is very straightforward … more importantly it cost less than 10 Euros (actually 9.45 Euros per person).

So, below is a very simple guide to doing it yourself, and if we can do it, then so can you ! Continue reading

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Successes and Setbacks (part one)





Successes and setbacks takes a tongue in cheek look at how we have fared during our first 4 weeks in both our cave house and Spain in general.

To be honest though, we still don’t know where the last 4 weeks have gone. We are convinced that time runs at a different pace in this part of Spain.  A blink of the eye and another day has gone, maybe we need to stop taking so many siestas ?

Anyway we digress.
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Enjoying a simpler life in Spain





The opportunity to be able lead a simpler life in Spain, was a key reason that led us to our cave house in rural Andalucia.

It is something that Josie and I have talked about for a number of years, however, living in the Turks and Caicos has to date limited what we have been able to achieve.

Our upcoming move to Spain should change all of this for us 🙂
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My top Facebook Groups in Spain





So, more of an informative blog entry this time round, about the Facebook Groups in Spain that I frequent the most (yawn … boring – I know). Hopefully thought you will find it worthwhile if you persevere !

This really follows on from my entry on the Forums in Spain that I wrote a while back. Whilst some of these groups are specific to my area of Spain, I am pretty sure that there are similar ones out there, where ever you live. Continue reading

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El Altiplano de Granada





So having established that our cave house is in the Altiplano de Granada, it was now time to find out a little more about this region of Granada.

When translated into English, Altiplano de Granada means Granada high plains and gives an insight into the landscape of this region. It is an area of contrasts. There is a huge and mainly deserted plain in its central part, surrounded by the mountain ranges of Sagra, Castril, Baza and Orce, with some peaks surpassing 2300 meters. Continue reading

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So where is our cave house ?





After managing to convince family and friends that we really have bought a cave to live in, the next question is usually –  so where is our cave house ?

So … Where is our cave house ?

I used to say that it was in Andalucia, Southern Spain. I was then told by someone who had obviously digested Wikipedia that Andalucia is both the most populated and second largest in terms of area out of  the 17 autonomous communities of Spain. In other words Andalucia is quite large, so maybe I needed to start being a little more specific !
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Attempting to learn Spanish





There is no need to learn Spanish If you simply want to be a Brit abroad as there are many parts of Spain where you can easily live in ‘Little Britain’.

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That wasn’t what we wanted though.  Having opted to buy a property in rural Spain it had already become clear to us that we would need to learn Spanish, not just to integrate but simply to deal with day-to-day living. This was bought home to us when Josie was taken ill on our first visit and we had to go to the health centre in Huescar.
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Insuring our cave house





Insuring our cave house

So, being the sensible adults we are, it was time to think about insuring our cave house.  The question was who to use and who would even provide cover ?

I mean it’s not like there’s a lot of companies out there advertising that they will insure your cave house !
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