Nadja Meyer is today’s Interviewee. Originally from Germany, she lived in the Netherlands for many years and now lives here in Spain. If you’d like to be featured on the website, then follow the link underneath the article to send us your details. Over to Nadja.
When did you move to Spain, and where from?
I am born German. I first moved to Spain in February 2015. I had been living in the Netherlands for 13 years and we just traveled for 3 months to the US and thought to settle in London, but things turn out different than you think.
Who came with you?
My partner. He got a job offer in Malaga and as he went for his interview, I applied at a dive center and got my job even before he finished his interview.
Where in Spain do you live now?
After living in Alhaurin de la Torre and spending every second weekend in Estepona, we decided after 7 months to finally move there
What things (apart from loved ones) do you miss from your country of birth?
Being able to strike up a conversation and joke around with strangers, familiarity with certain places that you only get when you grow up somewhere, certain foods and definitely good live music.
Do you work? As what?
I am a freelancer in photography, graphic design, jewellery design and we also rent out a small apartment in the center of Estepona
How are you with speaking Spanish?
I wish I could say i am fluent already, but I have limited contact with people, due to working from home. I am improving and looking for the right course. I can handle myself with food and deliveries, but a full conversation is still a bit too much for me.
If you could change one thing about Spain… what would that be?
I am actually quite happy with most things in Spain. I am sometimes shocked how people treat their pets, but I heard stories before and joined a cat charity to not only wish for change but be actively involved in it. Also, I would not mind if people would be a bit more careful with other people’s property. For example bashing into car doors when getting out etc. I am a petrolhead and I get a stomach ache when I see all the bumps and scratches our car got in the past year. And more for them than me, I wish motorcyclists would wear more protective gear. I hate to imagine what happens when something goes wrong
What are the best things about living in Spain?
My first part of the answer must be boring by now, but the weather! I love the sun. I love living by the sea and seeing how the colors change with the weather and I love the people. This little more laid back lifestyle that yet isn’t deprived of passion. Then there is the cost of living compared to the standard of living, of course.
What are your favourite Spanish dishes?
I am not a big fan of the traditional Andalusian food, though I really like the ham, sardines in a chiringito and Spain does steak really well. Once in a while I treat myself to paella, but I gravitate more to fusion food. A new look at tapas, as some of our favourite restaurants here in Estepona and Malaga offer.
What is the predominant nationality of your friends in Spain?
Due to my lack of Spanish, I would have to admit that I mingle more with English expats than natives. Though we do have some Spanish, South American, Dutch and American friends too. I am looking forward to be more integrated though.
If you won the Euromilliones – would you still live where you currently are? Why? Why not?
I probably would change from a rental to my own slice of heaven, but the chances are really good, that I would not move. We are close to airports, so travel is easy. The weather is great most of the year. The people are friendly. Nature is beautiful. I have sand, sea and culture around me and if I get the language under my belt, I don’t see what I possibly could miss in life.
If a movie was made about your life – who would play you? Why?
I got to be honest. I have no clue, but my partner offered Jennifer Lawrence because ” I just think she matches “. I am not too unhappy with his choice :)
If you had to describe yourself as a cocktail… what would you be, and why?
I think I am a classic Mojito with no frills, which scores with its sweet taste but refreshingly sour in the finish. Mojito’s are used in advertisement to convey a life-loving and open-minded person, who says things straightforward! And that’s definitely me.
Right – now is the chance to tell us all about your business/website/blog if you have one (or more of course).
I offer various creative and supportive services in Photography, Design and Tour Support. Please have a look where you can find more about me, a small portfolio, some jewellery and print items to buy and some price indications for different services. You can subscribe to my facebook-page for more updates https://www.facebook.com/NMcreativeservices0/
Also, If you or someone you know wants to visit our beautiful Estepona have a look at this apartment: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/17851519?location=estepona