By Jacqueline van Beveren, Holland
For many years I had wanted to change my life. I really wanted to experience life in another country; whenever I was on holiday I never wanted to return to Holland. Even though I had a wonderful job as a schoolteacher I wanted something else. I wanted to experience everyday life in another country and where better than in Spain? I didn’t want to live any longer in a part of the world with so much rain and grey skies: I wanted the sun in my life.
My kids were still very young, only 5 and 6 years old, the best age to emigrate. We came to Spain 6 years ago. My kids go to a normal Spanish school and speak better Spanish than Dutch.
In Spain you have more quality of life, better food, better wines and above all better weather. Kids can play outside more often than in Holland and you don´t have so many work related meetings in the evenings as in Holland. Evenings and weekends are for the family!
Spanish people are very nice, friendly and appreciate it very much when you (try to) speak their language. If you get to know more Spanish people, you feel more like a part of the country!
Over here you have always 50 different shades of blue instead of 50 shades of grey, like in Holland. Holland is nice, but to be honest: I prefer Spain.
By Salvatore D’Amato, Italy
I guess my story is not very different experience to all those who took the decision to live in another country.
The reasons for taking the final decision and migrate may be multiple. In my case, I followed the steps of my father, who decided to move from Italy to Germany and improve his professional career.
It wasn`t a difficult decision for me because I had the experience of my family and learning Spanish wouldn´t be a problem for me.
I was on holidays in the Spanish coast when I was 14 years old, from this moment I was sure that my favorite place to live was Spain.
My adaptation phase was brief; warmth, kindness and generosity of the Spanish people, made it possible.
Since my arrival in 1998 until today I felt like one member of the Spanish community.
I have enriched my knowledge with the Hispanic culture. I have broadened my horizon and I have grown as a person.
For me, Spain meets most important aspects of the phrase” Joie de vivre “, in other words, I am happy of this life.
By. Sandra Donarska, Germany
A few years ago me and my parents spent our summer holidays in Aguilas. This nice, small town is located directly by the Mediterranean sea, it has a nice centre with cafes and bars where you can eat fresh Spanish food, for example seafood. Near the centre you will find the main beach. It’s quite large and crowded, especially in summer season. That´s why it’s good to know that in direction of Cartagena, which is only a few kilometres away, you can discover some small and nice places to enjoy the sun.
In Germany I teach salsa and I will never forget that my first salsa party in Spain was in a big disco in Aguilas named “budabu”. It’s a funny place because it looks like the open air disco, it´s built in the middle of nowhere. So I didn’t expect such a nice atmosphere with fountains, cocktails and good salsa music.
There is an area, close to this place (between Aguilas and Cartagena) where you can rent a house with garden that will make your stay even more comfortable…
One day I will go back
By Agata Łuczyńska, Poland
Hello. My name is Agata. I’m from Poland and I came to Spain for the first time last year in summer. After that, I decided to come here for longer period and I’m already here 1 year.
I love Spain, especially Costa Blanca. I think is one of the most beautiful places in Europe, and perfect place to live. Thinking about the weather, there is nothing to complain. Every day the sun shines. There is no other place in Europe, where the sun gives you so much warmth, energy and smile.