And in some way I can relate to much of it. If they are more than 15 min late, I would at least expect a message, but I would be understanding instead of judgmental. Note:  A couple of nights ago, there was a Queen tribute band playing at the open-air amphitheater in the park. Some owners know they can make more money if they are open more days or hours, but it is about balance. I also told her about “turning tables” in a restaurant or coffee shop. It is a nice balance of work, life, fun and it is easier to juggle it all for some reason. She found that very interesting and wondered why they wouldn’t want the kids to go. One of our first adjustments were getting used to the Spanish timing of things. Oh that sounds wonderful Becca. We initially decided we wish to live in Portugal, but the housing market was not advantageous giving the summer gold rush and the demand for short term lets. What do you think? We love that there are entire families out and about any time of night, but most importantly together. Living in Spain: Pros and Cons. I loved this blog! We continued back and forth, but it was an interesting conversation. Disclaimer: This site uses various affiliate links that may provide us with commission when you make a purchase. I don’t punish myself and continually apologize. We also wrote a post about a typical day in Spain vs USA. We, of course, said hello and chatted for a while, but this is what we love about Spain. Please keep in touch and let us know how it all goes. Every once in a while, she will get a little burst of organized American in her, but for the most part, she is just like a local. As well as the update on how long appliances last in Spain. I think that is just the former waitress in me. Secondly, timetables are very different in Spain than in the U.S. I am sure everyone has different experiences, so this is just my experience (so be nice). We love it! Yes, siesta really does exist! Guide by Regions, Chiang Mai Thailand Family Friendly Guide, How To Budget & Estimate The Cost Of Living In Spain, Spain Residency Renewal: Non-Lucrative Visa & Retirement Visa. To actually live your life and work to feed it, instead of working and trying to fit life in. If you have had dinner at a restaurant, usually outdoors or open air, the kids don’t have to just sit there and “behave” at the table. Where are you living in Spain? I am sure you will enjoy Spain. This is so interesting! That’s what it’s all about after all. I just stared at her and broke into tears, I was speechless! Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. A place where the kids could run free, make as much noise as they wanted and burn off some energy. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites. Since then I traveled to Andalucía up to 3 times a year for the following 5 years or so. We are living our dream! There is no rush and they won’t even bring you the bill unless you ask for it. I remember getting glares from people if our kids made any noise out of the norm, and we even had an adult go sit in the car with said “loud” child. It’s so difficult to explain or just sum up in a paragraph or two, but I will give it a try. No, I am not talking about a tantrum or crying attack, just a vocal or bored child. I was being forced into a window of time! I have no idea what our lives would have been like if we had made different choices, but I love that our teens actually speak to us. No, it wasn’t just me Alan certainly did his fair share, but I felt responsible to make sure it all was perfectly done. It is easy to connect, help and inspire each other. I think Lars needed it a little as well. I think Anya was just born Spanish! 7. Thanks for commenting. We are hoping to spend several months in Spain later this year and I’m hoping we enjoy it as much as you guys. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Top Things To Do In Spain! As well as the update on how long appliances last in Spain. Groceries Prices in United States are 48.91% higher than in Spain. There I was with infant Anya in my lap and Lars in the middle seat and Alan by the window. We use the CDC, NIH and individual state and county databases for verification and supplementation for USA data. She said, “Your entire family is so adjusted to the Spanish lifestyle”. Ha! Then, about 4 years ago my husband and I moved from Germany to the U.S. I can relate to so much of this post! You know when you are at a restaurant and a server goes in and out several times with empty hands and doesn’t clear off a dirty table. Dreaming Of Living In Spain For A Year or More? Aw, thank you so much Anja! I love your blog! It started as an intercambio (interchange of languages) and while we still spend half of the time speaking each language, it is really just about friends having coffee. I am certainly not saying everyone moves to Spain, but the move helped change us into something we like better. Not to mention that some people think I look 16, and no one has asked for my ID. If this happens, my destination will definitely be Andalucía – my secret home. We can only hope we’ve made the right choices and provided the right tools to help them do the best they can do. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Now I do understand this is a complete generalization, but I was speaking of me and my life in the USA versus my life in our little town in Spain. 5. No one checks IDs. We trust them and actually enjoy them. I think it was the best childhood we could offer them in California. Restaurant Prices in United States are 26.42% higher than in Spain. Rent Prices in United States are 79.07% higher than in Spain. Drinking at bars can be pretty pricey, thus the botellón was born in Spain. Raising two kids, taking care of and cleaning a monster big house (I think our bedroom is almost as big as our apartment). I had to be that way to make sure it was all done and nothing was forgotten. Compare Spain and United States health profiles including life expectancy history, causes of death and population dynamics side by side. Thanks! If we were out “late” (by American standards at 11pm or later), we noticed entire families were out, strollers and all! Life is good. thanks for the comment. I would imagine Germany may be more rigid with schedules and times compared to Spain, but I have only visited. Oh so glad you are enjoying the life. The kids occasionally played outside, but for the most part, they were either in the house or we scheduled meetups with friends at a park or some other child-friendly location. We came from England, 3 years ago this month and wow do we recognise the comparisons, yes the opening hours are a problem, but you get used to it, particularly utilities which often dont open in the afternoon at all, but hey, just go out in the morning when it’s cooler and chill in the afternoon. It’s very chilled and laid-back; Nobody is in a rush to go anywhere and everyone’s just enjoying the beauty of the city. We quit our jobs and sold our home and moved to Spain in 2012! I have that same hope for our two kids. In fact, I feel like Sunday is a day to do what we want and we don’t have to go shopping or run errands. Living life, being here for the kids and making experiences and memories together. I am not sure if it was society or just my own beliefs which made me think that I had to do it all. update on how long appliances last in Spain. We still try to get to an appointment 5-10 minutes early, I guess it is in our blood! Living in Spain has really made me take a “chill pill” and slow down a bit. It really makes you focus on what’s important and just slow it down! We moved to Spain in June 2017. Yes, it is interesting how we all put so much pressure on ourselves, so Spain has taught us to let some of the little things go. I recall being yelled at on a plane by the lading in front of us. You are so sweet with your compliments and we wish you all the best! Living in a smaller Spanish town, we no longer had access to fast-food, ready-made meals, a large assortment of frozen meals or anything which made cooking “quick”. I took her comment as a compliment (as she intended), meaning we are integrated with Spanish life and just fit in. Regarding turning tables in Spain, you can pretty much go out and stay as long as you like for a coffee or a meal. The list was endless and I put pressure on myself to try to play super mom and do it all. I guess I should only speak for myself and admit it was what I needed to calm down. Life was a rush to keep up with everything and everyone. If he was in the culture of added pressure at school, I am sure it would drive him even further, but to what end? They had rules to follow and had to be quiet in a restaurant, at the store or anywhere we were. They likely had a nice dinner out and were walking home. Granada has a small town feel and it has bohemian, hippie vibes that lots of travellers (including us) love. Nope, we learned how to start making things from scratch, which was very time-consuming in the beginning. We choose when we want to work and when we don’t want to. I laughed and said “Why?”. I will admit, it still gets to me when I see the lack of efficiency. Life in Spain is relaxed — sometimes a little too relaxed. Thanks for sharing your adventures and experiences! Great article, like you went into my head and spoke all that I think of living in Spain (5) months now for us o. Our conversation was flowing and then took an interesting and inquisitive turn about my life in Spain. We wouldn’t want them to make a peep and bother the other patrons. Many of the stores actually close daily from 2pm-5pm and are also closed on Sundays. When our family was young -5 kids – we lived in the San Francisco bay area. It doesn’t matter if you live in Spain, in California, Scotland or any other place in the world, it’s about making the choice to just simplify or make small changes in existing life (if you want to). She said Lars was kicking her seat and that I should learn how to control my kids. Data Source: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION 2018. Our first few months were interesting, as we tried to adjust to the slightly different lifestyle. This is her childhood home and it will be what both kids reflect back on in their adult years.