Rebecca French is a relatively new friend of Spain Buddy. Elle met her on a Costa Women Facebook group and invited her to be featured. Already Rebecca is a firm fan of the website and likewise, we’ve enjoyed learning more about her. Hope you do too! If you’d like to be featured, the link to the interview questions is below this article.
When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I moved from Milton Keynes to Valencia when I was 21 in 2009. I then moved to Benalmadena in 2011.
Who came with you?
I came by myself to Spain, however I did live the very first few years of my life in Nerja, so felt like I was coming home.
Where in Spain do you live now?
I live in Benalmadena now, on the Costa del Sol. I am looking to move along the coast towards Marbella for work purposes.
What things (apart from loved ones) do you miss from your country of birth?
Oh well. I really miss a good grocery shop. Tesco or Sainsbury, even the odd Marks & Spencers microwave meal. I really struggle to find nice, easy to prepare food (Almost completely prepared) I miss the clothes shops as well, the high street stores where you can wonder down and grab a bargain.
Do you work? As what?
I have set up my own company this year as Tribecca Virtual Assistants.
How are you with speaking Spanish?
Brilliant, when I lived in Valencia I was part of an internship learning Spanish in a local hostel.
If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
To be honest, there is not much I can think of that I would like to change. Perhaps, myself. I dont experience all the Spanish Cultures that are on my doorstep. I could go to a few Art Galleries and travel the area a little more.
Im not overly excited about the whole “mañana” thing. I like to get my errands done quite quickly but here they have that very relaxed feeling. Then again, I suppose thats what I love :)
What are the best things about living in Spain?
Obviously, the weather!! I love being able be outside most of the time and everything being in walking distance.
What are your favourite Spanish dishes?
Oh I love Spanish Food so this is a difficult one.
Paella and Serano ham are a firm favourite along with any type of tapas, sardines & steak. Ha ha. Plus I love Sangria, especially the Golden one.
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
Most of my friends are English, I do tend to congregate with Brits, not out of choice I just find that even with being fluent Spanish, the humour of the Spanish is so different to ours.
If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are? Why? Why not?
I would definately live towards Marbella, maybe Calahonda. I love the whole coast so I would probably just wonder up and down the Costa del Sol going where the mood took me.
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you? Why?
As I am not too glamorous. I would like Dawn French to play me. Dawn is larger than life, bubbly, absolutely hilarious and has a caring nature.
If you had to describe yourself as a cocktail… what would you be, and why?
Ooooo, I am very much a cocktail fan. Maybe difficult to describe myself as one. Bloody Mary – It has a french origin, it fruity and packs a punch!! Being known for the “hair of the dog” it is their to relieve headaches – as am I with my company – Tribecca Virtual Assistants.
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course).
Calling all business owners!
I am a skilled, dedicated professional experienced in coordinating, planning and supporting daily operational administrative functions.
I take on tasks & projects as an overflow option.
Avoid the cost of office space, full time contractual staff and employee related taxes.
I provide a personal creative touch, on time, in budget and with a smile.
From Basic Data Entry, Email & Diary Management, Minute Writing to Recruitment, HRM Stratergies and Book Keeping with a high proficiency in Excel.
Free in-depth consultation available on request.
Tribecca Virtual Assistants
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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.