Category Archives: MOVING TO ANDALUCIA

Travelling through France to Spain





Travelling through France to Spain takes a look at our car route and the associated costs of driving  from the UK to our cave home in Andalucia.

The reason we found ourselves back in the UK was that our dogs had a release date from quarantine of 28th March. It was time for the dogs to complete their journey from the Turks and Caicos to Spain 🙂

Leaving our cave house, we took the ferry from Santander back to Portsmouth. We took advantage of the trip by de-touring to spend a couple of wonderful days with our friends in Extremadura.

What we really wanted to do was a repeat of January,  when we had taken a  ferry to Spain and drive to our cave house from there. Sadly, there are limited dog holding facilities on either the Bilbao or Santander ferry,  as such they tend to be booked months and months in advance.

This meant our only option was to drive through France and on into Spain. Continue reading

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Heading to Spain




The planning is over; the packing is done and the goodbyes have been said.  We are finally heading to Spain to start a new live in our cave house 🙂

Having weighed up the options, we decided to take the ferry from Portsmouth to Bilbao then drive from there to our cave house in Baza. This option was slightly more expensive but cut out over 800 miles and nearly 12 hours of driving through France. We could have got a cheaper ferry the following week, however after 3 weeks, we were more than ready to leave the UK. Also the cost of staying another week would have been greater than the savings of a later ferry.

As to going by ferry … only time would tell whether travelling the Bay of Biscay at this time of year was wise !

For those that may be looking to do something similar, at the end of the blog I have detailed the different options available and associated costs.

But for now, simply share our travel experience 🙂 Continue reading

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A year in the life of one foot in the cave





A year in the life of one foot in the cave takes a look at this years blog entries, along with any updates and reflections that we thought worth sharing.

Although before I start, I have to be honest and say that It seems far too soon to be doing a review of 2016. I do sometimes wonder where time goes ?

one foot in the cave, A year in the life of one foot in the cave

After all, we started discussing an eventual move to Spain back in September 2012 (whilst sitting on an agricultural terrace in Machu Picchu, Peru). Back then, we had set a goal of being in Spain by the end of 2016. We will actually be there in January 2017, but I think that in the grand scheme of things we can overlook a couple of weeks !

Anyway, enough of the waffling … here goes and I hope you enjoy the read 🙂 Continue reading

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My Spanish NIE number





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

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Why where and when ?




So give me a little of your time and let me tell you a story about the why where and when of our plan to buy a cave house in Spain.

Why where and when ?

Back in September 2012 we were sitting on an agricultural terrace overlooking Machu Picchu in Peru (no honestly) and the subject of our eventual move closer to home came up.

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Choosing the blog name




Choosing the blog name is, according to those in the know probably one of the most important steps to creating a new blog. Apparently, when choosing the blog name it needs to be catchy, easy to remember and spell, and relate to you somehow.

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