Living In Mallorca

Relocating to Mallorca


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Six Months On

Six months have now gone by, unbelievable! So where are we now?

Well I have to admit that it hasn’t been the easiest six months and many times I would wake in the morning and wonder if we had done the right thing. The continual battle with paperwork, adjusting to leaving everyone behind and wondering how I fitted into this new and strange life often left me feeling confused and unsure. The confidence that I had felt prior to moving here had evaporated shortly after the struggle to continue working while getting legalised began!

Gradually things have come together. We now have our residencia, we have our house and we are just waiting for our new Spanish plates to arrive. There are still hurdles to jump as we get the final bits and pieces together but I feel we have come a long way.

My lack of confidence with speaking the language has faded as I find more and more people are beginning to understand my attempts at speaking their language and likewise their attempts to either speak my language or to find another way of saying something so that I understand them has been the boost that I needed.

My real turning point has been watching the UK news which served one morning to be the jolt that I needed. With all the struggles I had forgotten my reasons for wanting to live on this beautiful island and I once again looked at where I was with fresh eyes.

Ok so the dream had given me a bit of a reality check. After all I was not on holiday I was living here with all the bills, problems and annoyances that you get wherever you live. But the news items reminded me once again of all the good things that I love about Spain and I turned the corner.

Sure I miss my family and friends and my grandchildren are growing up without me being close by. But they are little people with their own lives to live and their own dreams to come true and they will do that without me being around. Perhaps by knowing their grandmother has succeeded in her dream will encourage them to make their dreams come true.

After five weeks in our house it is slowly becoming a home. I always say that a house does not become a home until you have memories in it. Slowly those memories are happening. Sure the memories of our old house can never be recreated as we have got older and our lives and situations are different but new memories will create their own home.

Already two friends have visited and two others have been to stay for a few days. Bookings have been made for August by another and her child and we have got the house repaired and how we like it and the garden has started to bloom with the new flowers we have bought.

My next challenge, and one that is putting down roots, is the opening of our home and hearts to a little rescue dog. A dog ‘sin hogar’ without a home. What his background is no one knows but for a youngster of about 18 months we can offer the stability, love and training that will hopefully make his life happy. It will also give me the much needed exercise that I need.

So here after six months we have turned the corner and moved on and we live in a beautiful country with friendly people and on the whole good weather.

Life is interesting, different but good.


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Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca

On May 11, 2013, the Thomas Cook Ironman 70.3 Mallorca will take place on the island of Mallorca. To be exact it is taking place within minutes of where I live!

Mallorca is a training paradise to many cyclists and triathletes with its flat land, mountainous areas and beautiful beaches.

Tomorrow starts the warm ups and the walk rounds with more on Friday. I believe the first swimming event starts off the day on Saturday at about 8 am.

It has no doubt brought much needed tourists to this area and the local bars are busy already.

But anyone wanting to go anywhere on Saturday should leave early in the morning and not expect to get anywhere near the beach until after 18:00

At one point the weather was showing a risk of light rain but that seems to have disappeared now.

Good luck to all.


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Our feathered neighbours

While taking my lunch break from my online job I like to sit on the terrace and watch the birds swooping over our garden catching all the bugs.

At first I thought they were Swifts but on closer examination I believe they are House Martins.

Nests on building opposite

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House Martin

Then to top it all I looked at the waste ground behind us and we had some new visitors.

Thinks our waste ground is a pond!

Thinks our waste ground is a pond!

He even bought his mate with him.

He even bought his mate with him.


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Residencia

After a bit of a hiccup with the residencia (two days before we arrived they changed the rules and wanted the Social Services – if that’s the lot that do the health cards – to rubber stamp our S1 application).  My husband is a pensioner and I get health care as a dependant.

Mallorca Solutions who are undertaking all the paperwork for us asked the rather nice guy at the Oficina de Extranjeros to mark our forms as recognised so we would not have to travel to Palma again.  He kindly did that and therefore after Tamara at Mallorca Solutions went and got the said ‘stamp’ on our S1 forms we were granted our residencia.

I have seen on forums mention of paper ‘residencias’ with expiry dates but Louise scanned our residencias so we could see that they had got them at their office.  I was pleased to see that they are in fact proper credit card sized residencia cards with no expiry date on them!

Yay, that’s another step on.