One other new begin …and on questioning if Spain is true for us

wondering if Spain is right for us

One other new begin …and on questioning if Spain is true for us.

A yr in the past (virtually to the day) I wrote a publish about shifting from Nerja to Antequera. We hadn’t been pleased with our lives or way of life in Nerja and wanted one thing totally different.

The publish right here: We’ve moved! A brand new begin in Spain (and in our lives…)


Simply this previous week we moved from Antequera to a brief residence in Granada.

It’s not that we weren’t completely happy in Antequera. We actually appreciated town, we beloved the geography, we loved all of the cultural occasions. In some ways it was all the pieces we needed and we made the precise determination after we determined to go away Nerja for Antequera. Zero regrets.

As I say we actually appreciated town. However sufficient to say that we needed to remain one other yr or a lifetime? No. Life is just too quick.


wondering if Spain is right for us




A little bit of background…

Most of our readers know that we travelled full-time for six years earlier than deciding to settle in Spain in 2020. Why did we settle in Spain? We needed to be everlasting residents someplace in Europe. We love being in Europe and may’t see ourselves ever shifting again to Canada. And of anyplace in Europe, Spain made probably the most sense. So we got here right here understanding that we must reside at the very least 5 years earlier than getting everlasting residency.

*As short-term residents, you may’t depart the nation for greater than 6 months consecutively OR for greater than a complete of 10 months over the 5 years you’re working in direction of everlasting residency. After you have everlasting residency the foundations are way more relaxed with the foremost requirement being that  you may’t be out of Spain for greater than 12 months repeatedly.


Our first base was Nerja the place we stayed for two ½ years. We arrived on the peak of Covid and it was just about the proper base. The city was quiet, surrounded by nature, and had pleasant locals.

Nerja modified when Covid handed. As soon as journey obtained again to regular, Nerja grew to become jampacked with vacationers and expats. It was time for us to maneuver on.

That led us to shifting to Antequera a yr in the past.


If you wish to learn extra about Nerja and why we selected Antequera (and why we selected to go away Antequera), see our publish: Residing in Antequera (in comparison with Nerja)






There’s been quite a lot of highs and lows during the last 3 ½ years in Spain.

A few issues we realized:


We miss our earlier journey way of life

We miss journey and we miss the life-style we used to have throughout these years of full-time journey. We miss the liberty of being nomads…and we get bored being in a single place for a very long time.

Most individuals don’t perceive the above and even hate us (thanks Fb!) for having the ability to dwell that way of life.

As I’ve written beforehand, you don’t should be a millionaire to dwell a nomadic way of life. In reality our common price of dwelling over these 6 years approximates our price of dwelling in Spain.


Just a few months in the past we had been considering that we’d depart Antequera and “sluggish” journey round Spain. We’d abide by the short-term resident guidelines concerning time spent in Spain…whereas discovering totally different elements of the nation. It will be a variation of our full-time journey days (“full-time journey 2.0” as we began calling it).

Our lawyer poured chilly water on that. “With the intention to apply for the everlasting residency, you’ll have to present a 5 years of empadronamiento to verify you had been dwelling in Spain. This can be a obligatory doc and with out it, you won’t be able to get Everlasting Residency”.

* empadronamiento, or a “padrón”, is a doc you get hold of from the municipality you reside during which proves that you’re a resident. How one can get a padrón? Properly, the most typical means is to indicate them a minimal 1-year lease.

So our “full-time journey 2.0” plans have gone out the window…at the very least for now. It appears like we’ll should have a lease someplace in Spain for at the very least 18 months with a view to fulfil the necessities for everlasting residency.


Novi Unhappy (Serbia). One of many final locations after we stopped travelling full-time in 2020




Spain and on “dwelling the dream”

A few weeks in the past we had been on the practice station in Malaga heading house to Antequera. In entrance of us within the line had been an American couple. We began speaking and discovered they had been on their approach to Granada (Antequera is on the Malaga – Granada line). They requested us the place we had been from and had been shocked to listen to we lived in Spain. Their actual remark: “you’re dwelling the dream!”.


Are we dwelling the dream?

Generally we really feel we’re attempting to suit a spherical peg right into a sq. gap in the case of Spain. We ought to like it. It’s stunning, it’s cultural, it has loads of solar. We converse the language so it needs to be a pure match.

Why isn’t it?

Throughout our 6 years of full-time journey we had taken a yr off in 2017 to dwell in Break up (Croatia). We had visited Croatia and had fallen head-over-heels with town. We didn’t converse the language and immigration guidelines for 3rd nation nationals had been stringent (and would finally result in us having to go away). However we had fallen in love with it.

It hasn’t been the identical with Spain. We’ve chosen Spain and have needed (and are nonetheless attempting) to make it work. However as I say, to date it’s been like attempting to suit a spherical peg right into a sq. gap.

I don’t prefer to admit the above as a result of I really feel responsible. Most individuals suppose precisely like that American couple. Why aren’t we loving it? Why aren’t we extra appreciative of the truth that we’re “dwelling the dream?”.

What’s mistaken with us?


wondering if Spain is right for us
Caminito del Rey




Issues realized

We’ve realized rather a lot about ourselves during the last 3 ½ years.


We thought that we may change our stripes, that after 6 years of full-time journey we may cool down someplace and name that place house. We’ve realized that we’re not like that (or that we’re not there but). We nonetheless have itchy toes. We’re not getting any youthful and we all know that sooner or later we’re going to should settle someplace long-term. We frequently discuss having a canine and of calling her or him both Darko or Zoran. However that’s hopefully at the very least 10 years away.

Perhaps it’s these itchy toes that cease us from totally embracing Spain. As I say, possibly we’re simply not there but.

However we’re not sad. In Nerja we felt sad: we had an enormous residence with an enormous yard, there was quite a lot of each day upkeep. It was a life suck. It wasn’t for us. We realized from that and severely downsized and moved right into a smaller, extra fashionable residence after we moved to Antequera. It required a lot much less upkeep. We had extra time to do the issues we like and will simply lock up the residence and journey (final fall for instance, we took 2 months off to discover Mexico. We additionally spent 10 days within the Baltics).


We’ve realized one thing about possessions which I want we had realized 10 years in the past after we left Canada to journey full-time. On the time we put virtually all the pieces in storage, mainly all the pieces that we owned. The considering on the time was that “what if full-time journey doesn’t swimsuit us?”. 4 years later we had all of it shipped to Croatia. Then in 2020 we had it trucked to Spain. Every thing. We should always have ripped off the bandaid earlier, however in our minds the worth of our possessions (we had some very nice furnishings from Thailand, Morocco, Indonesia, Mexico) justified the storage and transportation prices. In spite of everything, we’d have to exchange it sooner or later proper?

It was all an enormous mistake and we’ve lastly realized during the last yr. Transferring to Antequera we bought/donated 80% of our belongings. Then final week, we moved to Granada in a taxi with 2 carryon-sized suitcases, 2 backpacks, and a few baggage of home items (a big bag of good linens, a bag of important kitchen stuff. All issues that will be expensive to exchange if we’ve to hire an residence). There have been some private objects that I needed to do away with which made me cry on the within, issues like my aircraft assortment (I had collected Shabak and Herpa planes because the 80’s) and my coin/international payments assortment which had been handed on to me by my father…which I ended up passing on to an older man who appeared identical to him in Antequera.

However we needed to do away with these issues. We’re getting ready to journey once more and we’re now not going  to place something in storage.

Associated: Each Nomad’s dilemma – Promote or Retailer your belongings?

Yawn. Simply not prepared for that way of life but…





Our lawyer popped our happiness bubble with the information on the empadronamiento rule. It set us again on our journey plans. Why can’t we simply freely transfer across the nation? Why do we have to signal a lease? (and no, receipts from short-term residence leases received’t reduce it in keeping with her).

However we’re adjusting. Being so mild now with our belongings, we will discover a small furnished residence (in Spain it’s a lot simpler discovering a furnished residence than an unfurnished residence). It may be in Granada, it may be some place else. Both means we’ll discover that metropolis and the encompassing area to loss of life.

However the precedence for us, the purpose behind coming to Spain, is getting everlasting residency in Europe. And it appears like which means signing a lease for no less than one other 18 months in Spain. That, and fulfilling these 18 months in Spain, will lastly get us Everlasting Residency.

After which we will possibly get “full-time journey 2.0” again on observe…


Recollections from full-time journey 1.0


Associated: Ideas on the liberty of being a nomad…

Associated: Regrets of dwelling a Nomadic life

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