This week we chat to itchy feet Gavin Doughty. Gavin has lived all over the world and is currently settled in Tarifa and Algeciras while working in Gibraltar.
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When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I moved to Spain in April 2015. Originally from Nottingham I came via Australia, Majorca, Nancy, Birmingham and Paris where I lived for the past 10 years.
Who came with you?
I came on my own but to be with my Spanish senorita who I met in Berlin almost 2 years ago.
Where in Spain do you live now?
Tarifa on the weekends, Algeciras during the week, convenient as we both work in Gibraltar.
What things (apart from loved ones) do you miss from your country of birth?
I’ve always played a lot of sports and miss the good old British dressing room banter. And although Gibraltar has a lot of ‘British’ things, it’s still not the same and no matter you live I think you always miss your mums Sunday roast and the local chippy!
Do you work? As what?
I’m actually on sabbatical leave from my job with HSBC Premier in Paris but don’t plan on going back. Currently working as an investment manager for a small discreet investment office in Gibraltar.
How are you with speaking Spanish?
I’m getting there although the Andalucian accent and a tendency to slip into French (tough habit to shake after speaking it everyday pendant dix ans!) add to the challenge.
If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
I’m still in the honeymoon phase but, and I’m sure this is a grumpy old men style thing, but the locals tend to speak a bit too loudly on the beach at times when I want to relax with a good book!
What are the best things about living in Spain?
Laid back lifestyle, food, weather and to avoid a night on the sofa I’d better say my girlfriend!
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
It’s a real mixed bag, lots of Irish due to my recent introduction to Gaelic football, many Brits of both UK and Gibraltarian origin and a good few Spanish mainly thanks to my girlfriend.
If you won the Euromillones – would you still live where you currently are? Why? Why not?
I’d move down the road to Zahara, have a pied-a-terre in Marbella and make regular trips back to Paris and Nottingham for my mum’s cooking!
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you? Why?
I’ve had a very eventful life and as much as I’d like to think that Daniel Craig would make a good me, I would have to go for Will Ferrell as I would love to see how he’d react to some of the stranger situations that I’ve managed to get myself into during my travels!
If you had to describe yourself as a cocktail… what would you be, and why?
A classic Mojito, they say you are what you eat, so if the same goes for what you drink……..
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course).
I work for a discreet investment office in Gibraltar, Tourbillon Limited, advising wealthy individuals and families on a range of Wealth Management issues. Due to my experiences and career path I tend to deal with the higher net worth clients and discretionary or advisory fund management services however I do also offer solutions for ex-pats especially with retirement and pension planning and also the readjusting of existing portfolios which may not have been set up in the most efficient way or with the clients best interests at heart! The website is www.tourbillon-limited.com and for anybody who is interested in my services you can contact me directly on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on +350 200 66660
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.