Beyond Mañana

Real Expat Life in Spain

June 16, 2014
by BeyondManana
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Life in the second-language bubble

We are surrounded at all times by a babble of chatter, news and noise, and a lot of it these days is banal or bleak in the extreme.  I strongly believe in individual choice and active selection of what we … Continue reading

September 14, 2013
by BeyondManana
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Doctor Doctor, I think I’m in Spain!

One thing that concerns a lot of people considering a move to a new country is the healthcare situation, and I am pleased to be able to say that firstly our experience here is limited, but also that secondly all … Continue reading

September 6, 2013
by BeyondManana
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Life for Rent, in Spain

I suppose this must be a legacy of the Thatcher years, but when I grew up and started work in the 90s UK owning one’s own home was simply a natural thing to aim for, a normal step on the … Continue reading

June 9, 2013
by BeyondManana
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Safe European Home

A recent business trip back to the UK had me taking trains between several major cities in England, and passing through endless suburban station towns. I was struck by the similarities between the kinds of housing I saw everywhere – … Continue reading

February 28, 2013
by BeyondManana
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Liebster Award – Encouraging Recognition for Beyond Mañana

Thank you so much to lovely Molly at Piccavey.com, for nominating my as yet quite young and emergent blog for a Liebster Award.  It is particularly flattering as I really enjoy and admire Molly’s blog which has inspired us to … Continue reading

February 17, 2013
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In Spain, it’s Family First

As I have written about before, it was the experience of becoming a parent that first made me question some of the values of the UK culture we were living in, and identify some disconnections from how I felt things … Continue reading

January 25, 2013
by BeyondManana
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To Do: Move to Spain

Looking back on that crazy year we emigrated, I remember how our news had a strange and polarising affect on those around us.  Of course there was a close subset of mainly family whose feelings were more around the fact … Continue reading

January 5, 2013
by BeyondManana
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A Place In The Cold

Heating Our first house in Spain had no central heating, and we arrived in December.  No problem, we thought – Spain’s a hot country, isn’t it?  And it has a wood burner –that’ll be all romantic and cosy and add … Continue reading

December 29, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Deciding To Move To Spain

Nowadays my love-hate-mainly-just-hate relationship with Ryanair is quite a big part of my lifestyle, so I guess it’s only fair to credit Mr O’Leary with his part in our ‘Story’.  But this was 2006, and Ryanair were having one of … Continue reading

December 12, 2012
by BeyondManana
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Christmas Comes But Once a Year (And I’m Fine With That!)

Don’t get me wrong, I am no grumbling Grinch or scowling Scrooge, I’ve always enjoyed Christmas, and since having children it is of course an even more magical time of year However, in Spain I like it more, and I … Continue reading