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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 11:17am
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Hi there from Aberdare in South Wales. 

I am retired. My wife is younger than me and will work for the next 5 years when she too can retire.

I suffer from arthritis and ache constantly. The best relief is being in a warm climate. We are both very active and love the outdoors. We have a very energetic spaniel who requires a lot of walking. As well as walking I do a lot of intense workouts in the gym, if I just sat around I would seize up completely. My wife is a keen cyclist who can cover 100 miles plus a day.

Our kids are all grown up with the exception of our youngest who intends applying to join the forces in a few months.

We have joined this forum as we intend renting in Costa Blanca over the next few years with a view to maybe making a permanent move when my wife retires. We can both visit for a week or so twice a year and I can do a month or so on my own. Hopefully we can get a good understanding of life over there with its good and bad points. 

Pete.

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:20pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 4:20pm

I would suggest that you have a look at Jim's Guides on this site, and there is also the Citizens Advice Bureau Spain site, for anything regarding bureaucracy and general items.   Also, look at the N332 site for anything to do with driving in Spain (if you are a driver that is).   The latter site is run in collaboration with officers of the Guardia Civil for English speaking people and has an English version of the Spanish equivalent of the Highway Code.

Also be aware that many provinces and towns 'tweek' national rules and regulations for their own procedures.

There is also the fact that many things will change after the end of this year as the UK will no longer be in the EU.

Irishgigilo

Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:07pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 6:07pm

Hi 

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Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:34pm

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Posted: Thu Feb 13, 2020 8:34pm

Hi Pete and welcome to the forum!

Renting is a great way to get to know different areas of Spain before buying.  Despite a slight improvement in the market, house stock still outstrips demand and with purchase tax and fees making buying and selling in Spain more expensive than the UK, best to know what you want before you commit permanently.

Spain is a cyclist's paradise, great countryside for the many cycling clubs here and car drivers are generally more considerate of their two-wheeled road users than you probably see in the UK.

Before my in-laws moved to Spain 16 years ago, my mother-in-law was told she needed a knee replacement; she was taking Ibuprofen daily for the pain.  She lived permanently in Spain for 15 years and died here a couple of years ago, at the age of 86 - she never did have that knee replacement.

Best wishes,

Kim

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