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Matthew Hirtes, our resident broadsheet journalist, moved to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria back in 2004. He's travelled extensively through Spain, covering it for such publications as Telegraph Travel, Metro, and The Independent. The author of Going Local in Gran Canaria: How To Turn a Holiday Destination into a Home, Matthew truly is a resident expert. Matthew writes for two sections of Spain Buddy: Moving to Spain and Spanish Football as well as providing Reviews

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  1. Diane
    August 16, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

    Matthew, we are relocating to Spain with our four young children. I am Canadian and my husband is American. We were planning on Galicia in the area around Lugo, and did not see it mentioned. Our intention is for the kids to attend schools in Spain and to become completely bilingual in doing so. We hope to be in a rural environment with a large garden and some degree of self sufficiency since we think it is important for our children to have that experience. My husband is an IT guy, but comes from generations of farmers going back to 1752 in the areas around DC in the States. Wondering what your thoughts were on the quality of education in public schools near Lugo or La Coruna or near Vigo…do you have an opinion on these areas of Spain? Thanks. Diane Any first hand feedback on those regions as they compare to others in Spain would be greatly appreciated. One last question – better to ship a vehicle or drive one in from Germany – we plan to buy a used vehicle that works for a large family such as ours…and shipping from the US was quite reasonable. Driving one from Germany might be as well – and the prices might be better – not sure. Any thoughts? We would be very open to renting a house in that area, but have noticed only ones for sale so far. We are hoping that there are rental options once actually in the country…



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