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”