Our house in UK has been sold STC and we have found a wonderful property just outside of Sax which we plan to rent out and also do B&B – we should get the property at a good price which will give us a good cushion of cash to see us through the first few months.  We have also both completed a TEFL course which should allow us to do some tutoring in the area.  I visited a house recently where the owners both did this in Petrer, in fact we could have stepped straight in to their lives such were the  similarities in our situations.  I have qualified in Zumba Gold – ideal for the expats in a couple of nearby towns and established that there aren’t any instructors in the immediate area although it is creeping in from the coast.  We learned a long time ago that income doesn’t have to come from one stream only and are prepared to be flexible. 

We have done a vast amount of research on holiday properties and what the best of them offer their customers and made plans accordingly – my 13 years experience as a weight loss coach means we could offer a weight management programme that starts with a week at the property and continues with online support for a month. 

We are learning Spanish – we always felt that it would be the height of rudeness to go to a foreign country and not learn the language.  Steve is more self conscious than I am about being correct – I’ll give it a go and in fact was very pleased to be able to ask for and understand directions when I got lost on my way back to the airport last week! 

We are currently looking into the logistics of the actual move and seriously considering the long drive ourselves.  Our buyers in UK want most of our white goods and the property we want has most of the white goods in situ so we won’t need to move too much stuff ( although there is always more than you think).  All part of the adventure – I’ll need to polish my rusty French as well as get a bit further with coffee break Spanish.

With the weather as it has been this “summer” we are even more pleased to be making the move  – I came to Spain for the day last week  – the contrast was dramatic and the views from “our house” in the hills above Sax reinforced the decision.  Incidentally, the property has been “ours” since we first saw it on a rainy day in March.  I immediately had a conviction that we are meant to be there and that everything would work out.  Very funny as I went to Spain on that property searching trip with enormous reservations and doubts.

We read last months newsletter with great interest.  My mother in particular has been very worried about the financial situation in Spain and I was able to show her that our plans should mean we are in a better position than most – in any case we know we will have to work hard to make a success of it and are looking forward to the challenge.