Hello world!

mollinosjaneb01Donata Findlay

Five years ago my husband and I moved to Javea, Spain with our baby daughter. For the experience. To get temporary respite from the howling gales and horizontal rain of North-East Scotland.

For one year we told ourselves, two at the most, before our daughter was old enough to start school…

Five years and another baby later we’re still here in this beautiful town, in this amazing country.

It’s undoubtedly one of the best decisions we’ve made. But with two small children and a husband who spends most of his year abroad for work, there have been moments where I’ve seriously questioned whether it was a good idea.

Some days I feel like I’m still finding my feet. Still learning new things about living in Spain and still discovering new places and spaces on our doorstep. And beyond it!

I don’t know who will read these posts. But the main motive behind writing them is to help, and to give information to others new to (or considering a move to) the area. And to give an honest opinion of life as an expat in Spain.

The posts are mainly aimed and families and parents. It felt like for most of the time during the first eighteen months I had no idea where to go with the kids, what to do at the weekends, or how to meet people.

Turns out there are a multitude of places in the area, and more things to do than you can shake a stick at. It’s finding out about them and where they are that’s the trick. And a lot of them involve very little or no cost.

It’s easy to forget what the first year here was like. Not knowing anyone, not knowing where anything was, everything was so confusing and made more complicated by the language barrier, seemingly unfathomable system of bureaucracy and mountains of paperwork.

And don’t get me started on the driving…

I hope you enjoy the posts about our little Spanish life, and if any of the information helps you at all, in any respect, then that’s absolutely made my day.