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Our first 6 months in Spain




Our first 6 months in Spain have come and gone – It’s incredible how quickly the time has passed.

It seems like only yesterday that we had arrived in Spain to snow and temperatures of -2C. Now it’s 46C outside and the air conditioning has just packed up in the car !

That said it’s lovely and cool in the cave, with an average temperature of 24C.

So whilst we hide like vampires from the midday sun, I thought I would take time out and share the 6 key things we have learnt in our first 6 months in Spain.

So here goes …
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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 ūüôā 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 ūüôā

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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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 ūüôā Continue reading

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Why buying firewood felt so significant





Buying firewood, was one of the jobs we had set ourselves on our recent visit. Whilst this sounds a trivial thing, it ended up signifying so much more.

This was to be our last trip to our cave house before finally becoming full-time cave dwellers in January 2017. As such, we arrived with lots of luggage (most of our remaining possessions from the last 10 years spent in the Turks and Caicos) as well as a list of things we wanted to achieve whilst we were to be in Spain. Continue reading

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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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Spanish Market Days





There are many things I love about our newly adopted home of Spain and the list is growing. My favourite though¬†has to be¬†the Spanish market days.¬†This¬†is probably just as well, because in Spain everyday is market day ūüôā

In our area of Andalucia, I could go to a different market each and every day.  From the smallest village with a couple of stalls in a single side street, through to the principal town of Baza, where the market truly is King for the day.
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Why I love living in a cave





I love living in a cave ! There, I’ve come out and said it, in the hope that others will come to understand why we chose a cave as our home ūüôā

As with most things in life it started off quite innocently, in our case with a newspaper article on cave living in Spain.

I was initially attracted by¬†the financial benefits of buying a cave house and the flexibility that gave us ¬†(Josie … no surprise there, and rolls her eyes !).
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The horse that ate an iPad





No we are not on drugs (not that we will to admit anyway) , neither have we lost the plot (well maybe a little), nor has our site been hacked ! In The horse that ate an iPad we share our top 10 unusual, unexpected and unforseen experiences from our latest trip to our cave house.
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