Thursday afternoons bring Maxine Raynor to my email program, as her Money Saver newsletter arrives, chock full of discounts, freebies and money saving tips. If you haven’t already signed up for it, you can do it via her website link at the bottom of this article. Over to Maxine now
When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I’m originally from a small town in South Yorkshire, I arrived in Madrid in 1987. I also spent 4 months here in 1983-84 working as an au-pair – in those 4 months I managed to get through 3 different dysfunctional families and was so fed up I borrowed the money for my bus fare back to the UK.
Who came with you?
In 87 I came here when I married my Spanish boyfriend (now ex-husband)!
Where in Spain do you live now?
In a town to the north of Madrid.
Do you work? As what?
In between running my website MoneySaverSpain.com, working in the mornings at NATO HQ in Madrid (closes at the end of 2013) I also manage to be a slave to my 2 kids. I love to network and meet people who are setting up their own businesses in Spain.
How are you with speaking Spanish?
I arrived here with very few words but after a 6-month intensive course my Spanish was really good. I’d like to say I’m totally bilingual, but that subjunctive tense is still a bit tricky!
If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
The work ethic! Unfortunately too many people still want their kids to get a good job as a “funcionario” rather than set up their own business.
What is the best thing about living in Spain?
Definitely the weather (although it was snowing yesterday!!). Food is also a big plus to living here.
What is your favourite Spanish dish?
Mostly simple ones such as tortilla de patatas (my partner is the official tortilla chef in our house). I’m quite a lazy cook, so nothing too complicated. Anything sweet disappears in no time at all, for example at Easter this year I made around 30 torrijas one day and 48 hours later there were none left.
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
Spanish. Living in Madrid has probably helped me to avoid the “expats-only” communities that exist in some areas of Spain.
If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are?
My kids say they wouldn’t move, so I reckon I’d have to leave them behind! Only joking. I wouldn’t mind living for a few years in Australia, New Zealand or Canada but I don’t really know why.
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you?
Can I be Bridget Jones? Either Sharon Stone or Catherine Zeta-Jones would have to play me as those are the actresses my partner lusts after!!
If you had to describe yourself as a sandwich filling… what would you be?
Definitely something sweet but with a bite to it – how about chocolate with chili?
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course). Go for your life!
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Elle, along with Alan, is the owner of Spain Buddy and the busy web design business – Spain Web Design by Gandy-Draper.
Born a “Norverner”, she then spent most of her life “Dann Saff” before moving to Spain in 2006. Elle’s loves are Alan, the internet, dogs, good food, and dry white wine – although not necessarily in that order.
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