Moving to Spain
OK, so here's my story :
I'm a professional self-employed greek programmer (meaning: not actually worrying about a job) and I'm planning on moving to Spain with my gf in the next few months.
To be honest, Italy had always been my No.1 target, but after visiting Spain, well... I simply loved it. Great country, great places, great food, great people. (And no, I won't talk about the weather, that's pretty much the same... lol) Not to mention that if there is one country that a Greek could blend in wonderfully IS indeed Spain -- it happened more than 100 times having local people asking us for directions, or listening to spanish people talk and mistaking it for (incomprehensible) greek! lol
I'm currently brushing up my language skills (thanks, DuoLingo!) and I'm just making a... list of what to pay attention to.
So... Any suggestions?
(Suggestions coming from natives would be more than welcome!)
If you were to consider Andalusia rather than Catalunya, my family have a one bedroom flat with a magnificent view over the Med that we are looking to rent out?
I'm very envious. I'd love to be able to move to Spain. I've enjoyed many holidays in Andalusia, and a trip to Barcelona last year. I'm visiting Madrid for the first time this weekend. Buena suerte with your move.
I know Spain is really popular with English people. How come you haven't made the... big decision yet? :-)
Family ties in England. Yes, a lot of Northern Europeans head to Spain for some warmth. Torrox Costa, where my Dad ended up, boasts, " el mejor clima en europa"," though I don't know how robust that claim is.
Well, I guess it's rather similar to most parts of the Mediterranean. (There are a lot of British people residing here, as well). I suppose it's the side-effect of the relatively bad north-european weather. lol.
P.S. Believe it or not, given that I've grown up here and I'm pretty much used to all of this, weather is the only reason for which I'd probably like to try Northern Europe too. Too sunny and too warm, for too long, can be quite nerve-wrecking, if you're not the type... lol
This hasn't been decided like 100%, but it could probably be something along the lines of Catalunya. Yep, I loved Barcelona and the surrounding places! (I haven't seen the capital, so that remains to be explored in our next "test" trip...)
Ahh! I live in Catalunya. :) I am not a native, but have lived here for several months. I haven't noticed significant differences with Spanish overall; mainly word usage that isn't really covered in Duo (such as bocadillo for the 'common' sandwich style here).
Well, I suppose such differences are to be expected, not to mention that Catalunya's official language is not even spanish! lol.
Where are you from? And how come you ended up in Spain? The nature of my job does not attach me to any specific location and my gf is a doctor (job opportunities for doctors in Greece are slim anyway) so I'm pretty much free to go wherever I please... :-)
And if you do choose Cataluyna, I suggest the free courses in Catalan that are offered. I'm going to be taking it (hopefully) this fall.
I'm from Canada - needed change of scenery, and as you said - it's beautiful. Seemed as good a place as any. :)
If you use Reddit, the spanish subreddits are a great source of information, especially with moving. There are several dedicated to the the language, and one for virtually ever major city in the country.
Hmm... Thanks! I'll definitely have a look.
How easy did you find it to adjust? Was it easier/harder than you initially expected?
I mean, I felt like I was at home right away (Greece and Spain do not differ that much, with the latter - that's my opinion - being a much more economically advanced place, with a better quality of life). How was that for you?
P.S. I speak french and italian, but català sounded absolutely weird - like italian and french all mixed up and pronounced like portuguese. lol!