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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.


  1. Alan
    April 25, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

    On campo living: Being Mr Health & Safety, fire extinguishers. Lot of them close to escape routes – the bomberos aren’t getting to you any time soon if something goes wrong!


  2. Barry Davys
    April 26, 2016 @ 12:04 pm

    Good tips, nicely presented. Particularly like the Spain is different tip. A pet saying for me which makes the same point, is “It is not good, it is not bad, it is just different here”. Repeating this several times in the Correos, on hold to Telefonica etc has saved my sanity many a time.


  3. Maureen Sayers
    May 26, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    If you have an appoinment with, say Spanish hairdresser, for 10.00 being a Brit you will arrive on time, only to find out that there are quite a few waiting, as they also have a 10.00 appointment. It is something I don T think I will ever understand,….. But it is a good Way of getting to know people from your area.

    Paper work has been mentioned, seriously take everything,I.e. Birth cert. Marriage cert. Title deeds, driver s licence, health card, and don t forget your NIE. Also have everything photocopied. Put it all in a folder. Good luck.
    In Spain when you go somewhere official, you have to be able to prove that you are who you say you are.
    Never go anywhere without your identification. Look at the Spanish ladies at the market, they all carry their purses, not just for the money.


  4. Melissa
    May 26, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

    Learning Spanish is the base for a good integration


  5. Malc
    May 26, 2016 @ 2:20 pm

    Knowing the laws are paramount


  6. Elaine H
    May 26, 2016 @ 6:25 pm

    If you want to be fully accepted into the community you have to learn the language. Enrol yourself in a class, it’s fun and you’ll meet lots of new people.

    Always wear sunscreen.

    If you live in a village community, remember when you go shopping you’ll need 10 minutes to shop and 25 minutes for chatting.

    Lunch is sacred!


  7. sarah walker
    June 1, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    i am looking to move to lanzarote next year with y partner. we are very excited about it but we are going to rent property first. does anyone know roughly how much money we will need to go with please xx


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