• Spain

    Sunbathing at Poblenou beach – A surprising Saturday at the Platja de la Mar Bella

    This weekend, my friend Ineke and I decided to head for the beach. I’ve been to the Poblenou strip many times since moving to Barcelona. It’s usually been in the evening with the sun about to set though – keeps my ghostly complexion in tact, you know (just kidding… well… sort of!). On this particular occasion, however, we decided to go visit the beach on a Saturday. It was around 4pm, the sun was shining. We were pleasantly full after a hearty home-cooked lunch and headed to the ‘Platja de la Mar Bella’. It’s the beach just to the left off the Rambla del Poblenou. Sunscreen applied, smiles on our…

  • Spain

    Mynie.co.uk review – My Barcelona NIE experience in 2019

    I first landed in Spain about two months ago. Since then I’ve been testing a few services to make settling in and setting up essential services easier. One of these services was mynie.co.uk. A service that is meant to make getting your NIE number a lot more straight forward. For those who don’t know, the NIE number (Número de Identificación de Extranjero ) is the ‘Foreigner’s Identification Number’, which allows non-Spanish citizens to perform legal and tax related activities in Spain. Among other things, having an NIE number allows you to open up a bank account, set up a phone contract, buy/sell property, open a business etc. When it comes…

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    Landing in Barcelona: Settling in and setting up the essentials

    I’ve now been in Barcelona for a little less than four weeks. Technically I’ve only been here three weeks, as I flew back to Prague last week to pick up my kitty Nala. It’s been a pretty productive few weeks though, that’s for sure. It’s also taught me a lot about navigating situations I hadn’t really anticipated. Since it’s been a few years since I last moved, I had forgotten some of the little things that happen. Those little details and events that make a real difference to your experience. I’m still navigating some of the waters of getting settled, but there are some experiences I felt are worth sharing.…

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    Finding a place to live in Barcelona… from overseas!

    After deciding to quit my job and move to Spain, I started looking at the options available to me to find a place to live. Some people choose to first land in a place and then find an apartment – I am not one of them. Having been through the moving rodeo 20+ times, I’ve learned that preparation is the key to a successful transition. And having a place to call home before arriving relieves a whole lot of stress in the long run. Valencia was where I originally started my apartment search. It was an attractive location. Access to multiple beaches, first rate Spanish language schools, the Parque Natural…

  • Career,  Spain

    The day I quit my job to move to Spain

    I finally did it – I handed in my resignation. I can’t overemphasise how momentous this decision has been for me! When I first joined my company 4.5 years ago I truly believed I would stay with them for 20+ years. I know that may seem crazy to some, but a company the size of mine has a lot to offer. Offices located around the world, resources to support extensive travel and training, a well recognised name… I figured it had everything I needed to continuously grow myself personally and professionally for many years to come. Life had other plans though. After many months of turmoil, caused by large-scale restructuring,…