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Old Jun 2nd 2019, 10:17 am
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Evening all 👋

I’m currently living in sunny Somerset, or perhaps that should be Sometimes Sunny Somerset with my husband, two boys and four dogs. My husband and I run a document storage business, not exciting but hey it pays the bills 👍
It said in the ‘introduce yourself’ info to say a bit about your hobbies which gave me pause for thought as I’m someone who see’s someone doing something and thinks “ooh I’d like to have a go at that” which has meant I’ve had a lot of hobbies over the years! My main hobby/love is riding my motorbike in the sunshine which is a major motivator for moving as the two-three months of possible sun in the UK can be more than disappointing. Everytime I’ve returned from Spain for the last 15+ years I’ve thought “I want to live here” I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed the generally pleasant attitude of the people.
Having said all that I’m not ready to fully commit, I understand people get carried away and think it will be like being on holiday forever which obviously it’s not so I’m thinking keep my place and home here and get a place over there to try it out for chunks of time until I know what’s what.
Im very much hoping to move close to Sierra Nevada and take advantage of skiing in the winter. I can’t imagine anything better, biking and skiing on my doorstep. What a dream, it’s hard for me to believe this is going to happen but everyone’s on board so in a tentative, frightened baby steps mode we move forward!
To anyone who’s still reading (thankyou) please be patient with me, I will search the forum for answers before posting the same question you’ve all answered for the millionth time but I might miss something and I don’t know why but I’m a bit nervous about posting here?!
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Old Jun 2nd 2019, 10:34 pm
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Can't help you with Spain, but I spent the first 29 years of my life in 'Sunny' Taunton before moving to the US.

Welcome to BE!
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Good Day to you and Welcome to BE.

What a lovely intro piece. Enjoyed reading from beginning to end. Seems like you have a full life what with your hobbies, work and 18 legs to skirt around in the house and yard and still you have time to contemplate a move to Spain. I'm tired just thinking of your life.

They've given me this fancy title so that I can direct you to the forum best able to help you find the answers you are seeking and guess what, give you lots of new questions you not thought of yet. Our lovely expats in Spain are a helpful, friendly sort and will be happy to assist you.

Below are the links to our forum rules and the Spain forum. Thanks again for stopping in and best of everything in your quest.

http://britishexpats.com/site-rules/

http://britishexpats.com/forum/spain-75/
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Old Jun 3rd 2019, 1:01 am
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Afternoon.

Thankyou for the welcome. Tis appreciated.
Rete Ive read the forum rules and found the Spain forum, had a read of some of the threads, thanks for the direction. It certainly can be busy, the sort of busy that would be remedied by a good dose of Spain and time wise it’s just about to become realistic
civilservant I spend a fair bit of time in Taunton, do you miss it? I think I will a bit!
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I don't miss the traffic, that's for sure

I do, however, miss the cricket!
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Originally Posted by Slowlycatchymonkey
….. Everytime I’ve returned from Spain for the last 15+ years I’ve thought “I want to live here” I’ve just thoroughly enjoyed the generally pleasant attitude of the people.
Having said all that I’m not ready to fully commit, I understand people get carried away and think it will be like being on holiday forever which obviously it’s not so I’m thinking keep my place and home here and get a place over there to try it out for chunks of time until I know what’s what. ….
Hi SCM, welcome to BE.

Personally, I think you're thinking along the right lines, spending part(s) of the year in Spain, but keeping your home in the UK. There are two reasons why this is preferable if you can afford to do so - firstly you can sidestep most of the tax and health insurance issues that you have to deal with if you move to Spain, and secondly many people eventually, as they get more aged, and often as their health starts to fail, decide to return to the UK.
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Old Jun 3rd 2019, 2:29 am
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Thanks. Avoiding tax and health insurance complications at the beginning is definitely part of the plan. I’m not in a rush to make up my mind and would rather wait and see how things go.
I know many people who moved abroad over the years and the majority all come back for one reason or another.

I have in the back of my mind to buy a place that will cater for a possible future version of me that’s frail, somewhere that’s has facilities close by without a thousand steps or a hard climb. Although at 46 I prefer to push those possibilities to one side and enjoy being in the pink it comes to all of us if we’re lucky to live long enough so if anyone has any advice on buying a place that will suit in old age let me know. It would have the added advantage of my mother who’s not in the finest fettle maybe being able to enjoy a bit of Spain too.
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