Video 1: Five Years In Spain
Here we start off by talking about the reasons behind the making of Spain Uncut
and what you can expect to gain from our experience.
Video 2: Why Move To Spain
And don't say weather! Here we take a look at the reasons why we moved to
Spain, the reasons others have moved to Spain too and the reasons you may have for wanting to live here. This covers many subjects such as cost of living, simple pleasures, lifestyle etc. A good one to question and understand your own desires.
Video 3: Choosing The Location
When we decided to make the move this was a real problem for us. It's one thing to holiday here and a totally different matter living here. We discuss what you need to consider when choosing where to live in Spain. There's more to it than just the proximity to the beach!
Video 4: Making The Move
I planned everthing. I really didn't believe I could have planned any more. I had spreadsheets and lists coming out of my ears. Yet in the end there was little point. We got so much of this wrong that I uninstalled Excel from my laptop! If nothing else this video will hopefully really enable you to properly plan your move to Spain by considering the points raised in this video.
Video 5: Arriving In Spain
We had a nightmare when we first arrived. Here we cover our own experiences and offer guidance to help you make your arrival in Spain smoother and cheaper by not making some of these common mistakes.
Video 6: The Dreaded Paperwork
I really hate Spain for this! Why do they just seem to make everything so complicated and stressful? As a "newbie" in Spain you will have to deal with the dreaded paperwork. NIE number, empadronamiento, residencia...it's oh so boring but oh so important. Here we explain exactly what it is you need to do by explaining the processes involved. You'll thank us for this!
Video 7: Education & Schools
"I want a better life for my kids." Yes, I'm glad we are raising our kids in Spain but would you bring a teenager over to Spain? We see too many expats with kids that are totally lost in an education system they can't understand because they don't know the language. Understanding the Spanish education system is imperative before even deciding to move to Spain. It's very different here. Here we take a look at nurseries, state schools and also International schools (this can be a very expensive option so prepare to budget for it especially for older kids).
Video 8: Healthcare
After money healtcare is probably the next biggest reason why people end up leaving Spain in the end. You never plan to get ill but when you do it can be tough being in a foreign environment, in a foreign language, not understanding the system. Here we discuss they way the health system works in Spain and also the option of private healthcare.
Video 9: Banks & Money
Discover why you should check your Spanish bank statements AT LEAST every week and how the banks work in Spain. We also discuss the "cash culture" in Spain. Some of the points raised here will certainly save you money!
Video 10: Buying A Property
We have made every blunder we always warn others not to do! It's so easy to get your fingers burnt buying in Spain...unless you know what to do. In this video we tell you about the mistakes we made and then grab some sound advice from our "honest estate agent" Andrew. Making a mistake when buying a property could cost you thousands.
Video 11: Getting A Mortgage
I hold my hand up and say that I know absolutely nothing about mortgages. That's why for this video we sought the help of a professional mortgage broker in Spain to give us the low down on getting a mortgage here. And yes, it IS that difficult to get a mortgage at the moment. Hopefully with this advice you'll have a clearer picture of your options and what you can expect.
Video 12: Getting A Job
Unless you're retiring to Spain you'll need to earn a living here. Getting a job is very tough. And salaries may not be what you expect. If you do need to work in Spain this will give you a good insight into what to expect and the sorts of opportunities available to you.
Video 13: Working For Yourself
Can't get a job? Maybe you need to consider setting yourself up in business here. Forget everything you know...the Spanish system will grind you down by itself. This is THE video I wish I'd watched before setting up Eye on Spain here. Great advice on the types of businesses in Spain, employing people, the costs involved, taxes and other useful "businessey stuff". Don't start a business in Spain without watching this first.
Video 14: Learning The Lingo
For the past five years Susan has been totally obsessed with mastering Spanish and she has reached an incredibly high level in that time. Many expats never bother, others are too scared to make fools of themselves. But you shouldn't be afraid. In this video we give some sound advice on learning Spanish and Susan also discusses why sometimes it may be best NOT to learn it at all!
Video 15: Getting To Know The Spanish
If you want to live in Spain you really have to understand the way that the Spaniards are. This is a great isight with a big input from David, who is Spanish. He tells us what the Spanish are really like!
Video 16: Making Friends
As you exit the airport terminal you won't find a load of people wanting to be your friends! Being away from people you know, such as family and friends back home, has lead to many expats feeling incredibly lonely and depressed. Making friends in Spain can be easy...it's just knowing who to befriend.
Video 17: The Cost Of Living
This is a firm favourite of mine. Stop the press! Spain is no longer cheap, especially if you live along any of the main Costas. Prices have been going up and most of our Spanish friends are complaining about the cost of living here, and many blame the expats. Underestimate the cost of living in Spain at your own peril.
Video 18: Community Living
Apart from old villages and indepent villas, most properties in Spain belong to part of a community, a cost which ever owner has to pay. Here we take a look at what is a community in Spain, how much it costs, what you can do you in your community and much more. Here you will most likely be a part of a community....you are not alone!
Video 19: Levels Of Integration
Want to be near other expats? That's ok. Want to live in a quiet inland village? Everyone's expectations and desires are completely different. At the end of the day you do whatever makes you happy. In this video we look as the different ways that expats integrate into life in their part of Spain.
Video 20: Customer Service
Not trying to offend any of our Spanish friends but customer service isn't one of Spain's strong points (although I can only comment for Andalucia region on this). In this video we restrain Susan and look at how you are protected when you're spending your money here. And don't forget, it's ok to be agressive.
Video 21: Coping With Stress And Homesicknes
Moving is stressful. Moving abroad even more so. Setting up a business is more stress. Finding a job also very stressful. Feeling homesick is normal. No matter what anyone says, EVERYONE feels a degree of homesicknes, especially when things go wrong. And you know what? It's ok to feel it. In this video we discuss a subject which many expats often pretend doesn't affect them.
Video 22: Endurance And Returning "Home"
Anyone who says they are settled after just one month in Spain is lieing. It takes much more time than that and so many people end up returning back home, usually within 6 months. We have seen so many people come and go over the past few years that it's often difficult to keep friends for very long. Here we discuss the possibility of it not working out for you in Spain
and how to cope with the potential feeling of failure.
Video 23: What We Would Have Done Differently
Surely the most important video of them all. These aren't just our opinions. We ask other people to tell us what they would have done differently if they were to do it again. A great summary of common mistakes which you can avoid by knowing them upfront.