Our latest interview is with Nikki Powles from Cartama. Read on to find out about comfy knickers, workshops and buying property in Spain.
Your full name
When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I moved from UK to Spain in 2000
Who came with you?
I came with my husband and two young children 2 horses and 2 dogs
Where in Spain do you live now?
I live in a 100 year old finca that we are currently renovating in Cartama near Malaga
What things (apart from loved ones) do you miss from your country of birth?
I can’t think of anything that I miss now as I’ve been here so long.
Do you work? As what?
I work as a property finder helping people to relocate
How are you with speaking Spanish?
I speak Spanish enough to get by in my job. My children went to Spanish school so I learnt along with them helping with home work etc.
If you could change anything about Spain… what would that be? And why?
Queues in banks and Endesa they take so long to serve you and just chat chat chat. Maybe the way some of the older generations treat animals. A full ban on Bullfighting.
What are the best things about living in Spain?
Sunshine, relaxed lifestyle, Full on fiestas, beautiful beaches, stunning mountains, Cities full of wonderful architecture and history, charming country villages, friendly, generous local people, Gorgeous sunsets and sunrises, fabulous parties in Marbella, beach bars with music and dancing in the summer, restaurants on the beach in the summer I could go on and on I love Spain! Oh and the Malaga Christmas lights.
What are your favourite Spanish dishes?
Spanish tortilla is my favourite tapa.
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
Mainly English but lots of Spanish and Dutch, Belgian as well. Lots of different nationalities live in our area.
If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are? Why / why not?
Yes, definitely I live in my dream home and I absolutely adore the area that I live in.
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you? Why?
Bridget Jones as funny things are always happening in my life, I love comfy knickers and hang out in my pyjamas at home.
If you had to describe yourself as a cocktail… what would you be, and why?
Sangria It is a red wine based mixture, best cherished in summers with a plate of tapas. The major ingredients of this cocktail are- Spanish Red Wine, Fresh Orange Juice, Grand Marnier, Sugar, Club soda, Orange, apple and lemon slices and peaches. They all are mixed, covered and refrigerated overnight before serving with club soda and ice cubes. Its all about the Summer and very colourful.
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course).
I am passionate about property and the area in which I live and work I find properties in the Malaga province for clients making the move to the Costa Del Sol Spain and help them to relocate. I am starting a free online workshop on the 30th November to enable people to make the move to Spain. I will cover all aspects of the buying process, different areas, different property types, advice you what you can get for your budget, provide information on mortgages and lawyers, discuss your concerns and answer any questions you may have. I will help you make a plan to get your move in motion. I source resale properties, new developments and bank properties. There is no charge for my service. My main website is www.danpropertyinspain.com or www.newdevelopmentsinspain.com and www.nikkipowles.com for the workshops. I have recently made a video of buying inland.
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.