My latest article for Expat Focus is an interview about being an expat. I was asked to answer a few questions related to my experiences living in Spain, including information about why I came here, what first surprised me, challenges of bringing up bilingual children, and advice for families wanting to move to Spain.
Nope. At least not as easy as I thought it would be. In my latest article for Expat Focus titled Bringing up bilingual children just isn’t that easy I give examples of other parents I know and their experiences with battling with the two languages, my own situation, and also some tips for anyone in the early stages with young kids.
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We all know that most estate agents would sell their own grandmother’s ancient ballerina jewellery box to buy themselves a crusty bacon roll, so just imagine the sort of dodgy tricks the ones in Spain are trying to pull.
If you’re thinking of buying a place in Spain via an estate agent then there are a few traps you need to be aware of which could save you thousands.
Check out my latest article for Expat Focus titled Be Careful of Dodgy Estate Agents in Spain to get an insight into the types of sneaky scams these conniving money suckers are trying to bring off, including hidden fees, illegal tax evasion techniques and plain daylight robbery.
Have you given up living in your own country for a romantic rendezvous? Did you plan on living abroad for a year or two but got captured by one of those freakishly sexy members of the opposite sex? I guess I did. If I’m totally honest I know there are much more exotic places to live in the world apart from Sevilla, but that’s where my wife is from, so that’s where we are (at the moment). If this rings any bells then you might be interested in reading my latest article on Expat Focus titled Did You Become an Expat for Love?
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Considering leaving your home soil for some fresh mud? Ever wondered what it would be like to live abroad in a foreign country where no one knows your name, cares about what you have for breakfast, or gives a damn about your bizarre taste in trashy pop music? It’s not for everyone, you have to be a bit mental, like putting yourself through agonising situations, and have enough patience to tolerate frustrating foreign bus drivers.
If you think you might be up to the challenge of being an expat, more difficult than just going on a safe trip around the world, then have a look at my latest blog on Expat Focus titled Why everyone should have a bash at being an expat. In the article I talk about the power of curiosity, learning another language, in need of fresh romance, and wanting to have a fistful of anecdotes to tell your loved ones.
If you’re keen to know more about Expat Life in Spain then check out my Columnist page.
Another year has flown by. Why do we always say that? “Oh, doesn’t time go so fast these days?” I suppose it does really. The older you get the more responsibilities you have, and the less time you have to just sit around and play with lego, unless you have a baby, of course.
Last year was a pretty amazing year for me, partly because I finally decided that I’m going to be a life-long expat, but mainly because I learnt how to become a Dad. I’ve given up considering moving to another city, or flying back to the nest. I’m done wondering whether the grass is greener. It’s time to just shut up and get on with it. That’s why I wrote my last article for Expat Focus titled Onwards and Upwards.
If you’re an expat then have a look at some of my other articles on my Columnist page.
Okay, Christmas in Sevilla is not crappy, it’s not as special as it is back in London, but it’s not crappy. It’s just that I’ve adopted my own version of the song ‘Navidad, Navidad, Dulce Navidad.” My wife tuts when I sing it, and fair enough it’s not the most jovial song for Christmas, but it’s become my anthem at this time of year.
I love Christmas: stuffing my face full of goodies, gathering with friends and family, and barging people out the way in the shops. Last year I celebrated Christmas in Seville. It was my first time, and probably won’t be the last time, but I much prefer it at back home. Mainly because I’m with my own family and mates, but also because it’s just a bit more special back in England.
After surviving my first year as an expat Dad without too many major hiccups, I’d thought I’d share a few thoughts on what I’ve learnt so far. It’s been such a great year and an immense learning curve.
Do you ever wonder about whether you could return home to your native country forever? I reckon I do at least once or twice a day. I might get annoyed about something and think I’d be better off in England, see a new photo of my nephew and wish I could just pop round the corner and take him out for a game of footy, or get to Friday evening and wish I could go out for a few beers with my mates from back home. But could I ever return for good? I’m not sure.
If this happens to you, then have a look at my latest article on Expat Focus titled Could you ever return home for good? I talk about reasons why I could go home, such as banter, London, and Premiership football, and also reasons why I couldn’t, like the weather, pace of life and cost.
To have a look at other articles I’ve written for Expat Focus check out my columnist page.
I’ve been a bit slack on posts over the summer, but things should be returning back to normal now. Cheers.
Author of From Something Old, The Road to Zoe, You Then Me Now, Things We Never Said, The Bottle of Tears, The Other Son, The Photographer's Wife, The Half-Life of Hannah, the 50 Reasons Series. And more...