I really cannot believe it is November. In just 3 weeks time we will have been living here for a whole year. It has gone by so fast and so much has happened. So many emotions have needed to be dealt with – all totally unexpected – that I feel I should do a recap for others to ponder on if they are thinking of making the big move.
For those that don’t know the details – about 14 months ago I was given the opportunity to work from home in whatever country I lived in. My other half had reached retirement age and everything was pointing us in the direction of fulfilling a 25 year old dream. A dream of living on Mallorca. The island where we first went on our honeymoon, where we holidayed each year and where we had made friends. An island full of sun, sea, mountains and fabulous memories.
Having worked in London the lure of peace, tranquility, blue skies and warm weather beckoned to me. The grey skies, rain, cold and overcrowded City had served its purpose but now seemed alien to me. Our lives in the UK were full of work as were that of our family. Everyone was busy with barely time to breath let alone spend time together.
Like Greek mythology and the Sirens, Mallorca was calling us….
Our house that we had lived in since 1982 now seemed too small and with the deaths of my 2 cats in as many years I felt there was nothing left there for us. We put it on the market and sold it within 2 days!
Everyone seemed happy for us, all encouraged us to follow our dream. My son was the only one that voiced a word of caution – “what if it didn’t work out, how would we return, and why didn’t we just rent our house first”. Blinded by the dream and the fact that we could not afford the move without the sale we proceeded.
So here we are. I have recorded the ups and downs of buying a house, getting residencia and the myriad of bureacratic bits and pieces that you have to do to be a legal resident. These of course are ongoing but the worst is over.
We are here, we have our home, we are citizens of the European Union, legally resident in Spain.
It is November, the sun is shining, it is 22 c but in some ways it is still surreal.
In my next post I continue with the emotional side of the adventure….