Moving to Spain and Surviving!

Written by Rhiannon Williamson

Spain is one of Europe’s most popular tourist destinations; furthermorerepparttar attraction of Spain’s climate, culture, beauty, cost and standard of living attracts record numbers of expatriates to relocate to its shores every year andrepparttar 141561 country already has an estimated 1.5 million foreign residents in situ.

But there’s a darker side to moving abroad that few people ever consider – did you know that last year 191,000 people relocated overseas fromrepparttar 141562 UK…and 105,000 Britons also returned torepparttar 141563 UK last year having failed to establish their new life overseas?

Some people simply fail to survive a move overseas and it certainly isn’t a case of “no going back” forrepparttar 141564 thousands of disillusioned people who flock ‘home’ to their mother country year after year…therefore if you’re thinking of moving to Spain you need to understandrepparttar 141565 main reasons people cite when they return. By understanding these reasons you will avoidrepparttar 141566 pitfalls and pain and succeed where others may fail thereby fulfilling your dreams of a new life in Spain.

The Practicality of Your Location

You need to make sure that you chooserepparttar 141567 very best location in Spain to fulfil your practical needs on a day to day basis.

Considerrepparttar 141568 accessibility of a location for family and friends to visit you and for you to reach a doctor,repparttar 141569 supermarket, a school or even a hairdresser. Find your perfect location, location, location by visitingrepparttar 141570 areas you’re interested in and considering them thoroughly fromrepparttar 141571 point of view of how easy and practical your day to day life there will be.

Accessibility & Homesickness

Wherever you choose to live, considerrepparttar 141572 accessibility ofrepparttar 141573 location with your old home country in mind. Sure, you may be sick ofrepparttar 141574 sight of certain people right now but you never know what tomorrow will bring and how are you going to feel if you can’t get back to visit, or ifrepparttar 141575 important people in your life can’t afford to visit you?

Spain is very well serviced by airports and cheap airlines, it has one ofrepparttar 141576 cheapest rail networks inrepparttar 141577 whole of Europe andrepparttar 141578 Spanish government spends millions each year onrepparttar 141579 travel and transport infrastructure so wherever you choose to locate you should never be so far away from decent transportation. But do bear this point in mind as ‘homesickness’ and ‘inaccessibility’ are some ofrepparttar 141580 main reasons people cite when they give up on their dream of a new life abroad.

Being Accepted

The first two years in any new country are by farrepparttar 141581 hardest…it takes this amount of time to build up enough knowledge ofrepparttar 141582 local areas, customs, people and language to make your new house feel like ‘home’.

Siberia, Russia Part 5 – Khabarovsk and a Little Russian

Written by Rick Chapo

In this continuing series, we cover my move from San Diego to Chita, Siberia to be a professor at Chita State Technical University. We pick uprepparttar story outsiderepparttar 141544 airport in Khabarovsk, Russia.


Khabarovsk is an amazing city. Museums with works from Picasso, Rembrandt and other masters. A bustling downtown area with cafes, a lively music scene and architectural triumphs. Then again, maybe not. We were far more interested in finding a hotel with hot water and never ventured intorepparttar 141545 city.

Outside ofrepparttar 141546 airport, we were a bit flummoxed byrepparttar 141547 fact there appeared to be no taxis. We quickly learned that practically any Russian with a car is also a taxi for hire. After 5 minutes of egging each other on, Grae made taxi arrangements and we were off. Apparently taking in out disheveled appearance after 3 days of traveling, our driver suggestedrepparttar 141548 Intourist hotel. We readily agreed.

During communism, Intourist hotels were set up for exclusive use by foreigners. Ours was fairly nice and, importantly, had showers with copious amounts of hot water. You can see a picture of it at After having returned to humanity with one ofrepparttar 141549 best showers of my life, it was time to brush up on my Russian skills.

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