What is the weather like in southern Spain in the fall?

We got here on November 1er and so far, we had one cloudy half day and an evening of thunderstorm.  I did not have to use my umbrella in 3 weeks!  This is a first for me.  In fact, this is the longest stretch of sunshine I have ever been exposed to in my entire…

More sun but also more daylight!

This is a picture taken from our living room this morning.  The sun rised at 7:53am and will set at 6:08pm today.  In Vancouver, by comparison, the sun rises at 7:20am and sets at 4:32pm.  More sunlight is another great benefit of spending the winter in Southern Spain. We like that the sun gets up…

Food Market in Malaga 

Before leaving for Spain, a friend of mine said that markets were not as good as the one in France.  I thought she would be right since she is well travelled and a food lover. She went to France many times and was in Spain recently as well.  I have to say, after having been…

Requirements for bringing our dog to Spain, an unnecessary ordeal.

We think of ourselves as informed and organised people.  We like to research before making decisions and any plans.  Before deciding on this long-term destination, we ensured that our small dog could come with us.  Six months is a long time and we would never think about going away for that long without our little…

Taking a language course in Spain, it’s not that easy!

Six days after our arrival in Spain, I started my spanish lessons at the Escuela Idioma de Nerja.  I took the age 50+ course which consist of a two week, 3 hour a day in class course and evening cultural activities.  You are therefore busy listening, talking, learning the language for six or more hours…

A Goat herd right in our backyard!

Our costa del sol home is in Nerja and only 20m minures walk from the town centro, yet we had a goat herd passing through right by on Sunday.  The herd apparently pass by regularly.  You do feel close to nature and in “the campo” here even if this town is not that small. About…

Life in Spain is relatively inexpensive

Take a look at what $180 Canadian can buy you in Spain.  We estimate that groceries, wine and beer is about 40% less expensive than in Vancouver.  We bought all of this at the Lidl grocery store 5 minutes from our house. They have everything even organic foods!  Lots of wonderful cheeses, charcuterie, fresh bread,…

Meet our new Spanish home until April!

We made it to Spain with our dog, Amy Lou!  What a relief to finally make it after so much ordeal regarding Amy Lou’s rabies vaccine eligibility.  This will be the subject of a full blog but I can tell you that last Friday morning, we almost had to postponed our trip by 21 days….