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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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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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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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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 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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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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Not really a blog entry !





Just as the title suggests, this is not really a blog entry, Instead think of it as a public broadcast service !

To be honest, It’s nothing that serious we just thought we would let you know that one foot in the cave has now branched out into the scary big world of both Facebook and Google +  (make your choice depending on which one is your poison).


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Forums, forums, forums





Forums have become part and parcel of our everyday life There are forums for almost anything you can think of and they provide a wealth of information.  I have used them for digital photography tips, advise on cave diving setups, how to solve software problems, when to use specific spanish words … and everything in between.

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So, when we started to look into buying a property in Andalucia in general and a cave house in particular, a google search of potential forums was one of my first ports of call.
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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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