5+1 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Spain

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I’ve been living in Spain on and off for about four years now, and I feel like that’s enough time get into the culture and society of a new country. Having said that, moving to a new country is definitely not easy, and as they say, hindsight is 20/20. So here are some things I wish I knew before moving to Spain, that would have without a doubt lessened my culture shock and sometimes saved me a lot of headache! I have spent my time in the south of Spain, and my observations are based accordingly.

1. The bureaucracy really is as bad as they say it is.

I thought I knew what dealing with bureaucracy was, but let’s be real, I had no idea. Luckily when I first moved to Spain, I had a job lined up waiting for me which meant that my employer pretty much gave me a list of which documents I needed to take to which offices in order to get things like my residency permit sorted out. I am fortunate enough to be an EU passport holder, which means that getting a residency permit was relatively straight forward. Continue reading “5+1 Things I Wish I Knew Before Moving to Spain”

5 Zero-Waste Resolutions for 2018

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Welcome, 2018! The new year has always represented the opportunity for new beginnings, and I must admit that I’m a sucker for recapping past years and listing new goals for the one to come. This year, I’d like to do more practicing than just preaching in terms of contributing towards a sustainable environment, and continue expanding my own zero-waste lifestyle.

Looking back, moving towards a zero-waste lifestyle is something that I’ve been doing kind of subconsciously for years. Moving house pretty much yearly has definitely been a significant factor in reducing my purchases as a consumer, because the truth is that the more things you own, the more things you have to move! Using reusable tote bags, swapping plastic containers for glass ones, buying in bulk and reducing my use of animal products are all things that I already do in my day-to-day life. However, I feel like I still have plenty of room for improvement which is why I wanted to make a list of five zero-waste New Year’s resolutions I have for 2018.

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