What’s with the Jamon?

Spaniards like their Ham and for good reasons. Whether it is Serrano or the finer and more expensive Iberico, Spanish hams are delicious. Ham is ubiquitous in Spain. Featured on every menu in bars and restaurants, you will see them hanging from ceilings everywhere as in this small tapas bar in Nerja. It is a…

We got married and it is all because of Spain! Find out why here.

Terry and I have been together for exactly 30 years this year. I have always said that we were “more married than many married people”. We owned and managed a business together for over 25 years, shared all bank accounts and investments and owned two properties jointly. We do not have children and in Canada,…

Transferring money from Canada to Europe

I did a lot of research when it was time to transfer a lot of money to buy our dream house in Spain.  It can be overwhelming to find the best way to move large sums of money in a timely manner at the best possible currency exchange rate. The first step will be to…

We bought a house in Spain!

You may have been wondering why I have not been writing much lately.  I have been very busy.  On January 31, 2019, we moved in our new house in Spain.  Yes!  We bought a beautiful house on the Costa Del Sol.  After much research and soul searching, we just could not resist buying our own…

Life in Spain: why the Spaniards live longer

A new study came out this week from the Health Metrics and Evaluation in Seattle USA which forecasts that people in Spain are predicted to have the longest life expectancy in the world by 2040 beating Japan into second place.  The comprehensive study finds that much of the reason is to do with the way…

My first full text in Spanish (translated as well)

As you know, Terry and I are learning Spanish. We have a weekly class with a private tutor every Thursday and we will go back to school in January. Our tutor, Patricia, asked us to write a one page text on the differences between where we live and Spain. Here is my text before being…

Back in Spain for another sunny winter

(View from our apartment in Malaga. We are here for 6 nights before returning to Nerja until April) We are now back in Spain after a fabulous summer in Vancouver Canada. As you remember, we decided to come back to Spain for another winter because we liked it so much last year, felt right at…