Hello again all you Spain fans! I’m checking in to follow up on one of the questions Guille asked me during our interview, about the health care system in Spain. At that time I didn’t have much experience to share, but…drumroll please…I became a mother! So, now I have hours and hours of experience, and in a second post I will share my ideas on how to get the coveted work-life balance afterwards [Read more…] about Becoming a Mother
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Today, Renfe is the sole train operator for passenger transport. In 2020, coinciding with the obligation of opening this market across the European Union, other competitors will be able to offer this kind of train service [Read more…] about Transport in Spain (III) – Train (Medium and Long-Distance)
Our first season of podcasts (10 episodes) was officially launched at the end of August. During this period that will last till December, the podcasts’ duration will be around 20-25 minutes and they will be published on a bi-weekly frequency, combining them with a monthly blog post [Read more…] about Podcasts Season and Posts Frequency
Following up on the related ‘Restaurants I have Eaten in – Barrio Salamanca (Madrid)’ post and the selection criteria I established there, in this article I will mention some restaurants in neighbourhoods away from that district and the City Center, including Chamartín, Tetuán and a couple of suburbs [Read more…] about Restaurants I have Eaten in – Chamartín, Tetuán and Suburbs of Madrid
After the previous post outlining the transport system in Spain, now we will continue with other means of transport that can be used for both short and long distances: motorbike, car, taxi and peer to peer transportation. [Read more…] about Transport in Spain (II) – Car, Motorbike and Taxi
Further to the Income and Reductions posts from this Personal Income Tax series, we will now analyse the second type of tax credit, deductions, and comment on how tax credits fit into the overall system.
Remember that deductions or “deducciones” lower the overall quote obtained after having applied a tax percentage to the resulting value of your income base minus certain reductions (the other type of tax credits). The end result is the net quote (“cuota líquida”). [Read more…] about Personal Income Tax (III) – Deductions in Quote
Continuing with this series started with Don Quixote post, I will go through the series of Captain Alatriste, a historical set of novels written by the contemporary bestseller Arturo Perez-Reverte.
Taking place in the XVII Century after the publications of Don Quixote and Cervantes’ passing away, Captain Alatriste is based on a real soldier nicknamed ‘captain’ before his surname [Read more…] about Books to Better Understand Spain – Captain Alatriste
According to WorldData, Spain occupied number 29 in a classification of 88 countries, taking the latest official figures available (2016). The quotient of our Gross National Income and our population resulted in $27580 [Read more…] about Salaries in Spain
In this series, we will analyse the transport system in Spain. Depending on the area where you live, your preferences, and budget, you will judge it one way or the other.
In relation to your location, bear in mind that the city/metro area/region where you are based in have a great influence on the quality, variety and frequency of the service [Read more…] about Transport in Spain (I)
After the previous post providing an overview and some explanations around the income side of the equation, we will dig into the first type of tax credits: reductions.
Remember that the Spanish system first calculates your income base, then reduces certain tax credits (reductions or “reducciones”) from it, obtains a “cuota integra” (overall quote) by applying a progressive tax rate [Read more…] about Personal Income Tax (II) – Reductions in the Income Base
Following the example of the ‘Restaurants I have Eaten in’ series of posts (see the first one here), I will go through some bars I enjoy hanging around. Yeah, they are also an important part of living in Spain and a big motivation for some people to move here, as you may have already noticed.
Note: the concept of a bar in Spain is wider than in other countries: you can be at it first thing in the morning as if it were a coffee shop [Read more…] about Bars I Like – Madrid Centre
Further to my Social Security and Taxes and Personal Income and VAD Taxes for freelancers posts, in this article we will dig into Personal Income Tax for the general population, taking into consideration the tax return period we are currently in. It is named as “Impuesto sobre la Renta de las Personas Físicas”, more commonly known as “IRPF” [Read more…] about Personal Income Tax (I) – Introduction
Following up on the Art Museums in Spain post, both in terms of its relevance and my likeness, my first choice is the Prado Museum in Madrid, which was publicly open for the first time in 1815 in its current building at Paseo del Prado, one of the main avenues of the city. It is 18th most visited art museum in the world and exhibits works from the XIV through the XIX century, mainly paintings European Masters [Read more…] about My Favourite Museums in Spain – “El Prado”
Is this country cheap or expensive? As usual, there is no ‘fits all’ answer to this question and many variables determine the response. Remember that this cost measurement considers how much you pay for basic everyday products and services.
As a starting point, we will look at the Economist’s 2017 Cost of Living Index for the main cities in the world [Read more…] about Cost of Living in Spain
Recently, I came across the sarcastic article of Chris Haslam “How to be Spanish”, which I suggest you take two minutes to read before continuing (below you find the link to it or simply Google the names of the author and article together).
It got a lot of bad press and criticism from Spaniards and some foreigners living for long time in this country [Read more…] about Critical Views on Spain – Chris Haslam’s Article about Being Spanish
Last week I met a recently arrived Canadian-Chilean who commented how important building her network is, especially considering that she wanted to explore more effectively the job market and expand her social circle beyond her husband’s family and friends – he is Spaniard. So, what steps would I take if I were in her place? [Read more…] about Building your Network
Food is undoubtedly an important part of living anywhere. Continuing with the ‘Restaurants in Spain – What I Pay Attention to’ post, in this article I will comment on some restaurants I have gone to lately in Barrio Salamanca, a prime commercial and residential area of Madrid next to Puerta de Alcalá (Arc) monument. In future entries, I will reflect on my experiences in restaurants in other parts of the city/region and country. Considering you, the reader, I will focus on the ones centered around Spanish food [Read more…] about Restaurants I Have Eaten in – Barrio Salamanca (Madrid)
In a series of posts, I will analyse some books, together with their main characters and authors, and I will share some lessons and views about Spain that we can extract through all them. Our starting point is “El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha” (Don Quixote), the master piece of literature [Read more…] about Books to Better Understand Spain – Don Quixote
Always a concern for everyone, taxes are unfortunately one of the most important issues freelancers (“autónomos”) must confront. As anticipated in our Freelancers in Spain – Social Security and Taxes post, there are mainly two of them self-employed workers must deal with: Personal Income Tax and Value Added Tax (VAT) [Read more…] about Freelancing in Spain – Personal Income and Value Added Taxes
¡Feliz Año Nuevo! Happy New Year! Were you able to eat the 12 grapes (“uvas”) on time? It is challenging to do so before the clock finishes its 12 bell rings marking the start of 2018!
Hopefully your mind and body have also coped with the eating and drinking feast I mentioned in my previous post while still having some spare capacity left to survive to the end of the festivities, taking place during the Three Kings’ Day on January 6, also known in Christian terms as the Epiphany of the Lord. [Read more…] about New Year and “Reyes” in Spain
Just a few days left for these remarkable dates for a good part of the world, including Spain where Christmas (“Navidad”) is of course heavily celebrated, and not only in food terms. But beyond eating and drinking, and eating and drinking again, what things should you be aware of at this time of year?
Firstly, we ‘officially’ start the celebration on Christmas’ eve. Families and in some cases close friends that feel like relatives gather during the night of 24th of December [Read more…] about Christmas in Spain
An old American friend of mine came for a visit last weekend after I had managed to get a pair of tickets for a football/soccer game of Real Madrid at its Stadium, the Santiago Bernabeu, which these days can be difficult and expensive. We had talked for a long time about this and the game vs Malaga Club de Fútbol was exciting…. to describe it in a word. Beyond the experience itself, it was good to check this off our to-do’s lists [Read more…] about Sporting Events in Spain – Reflections after Attending a Football/Soccer Game
Not wanting to get out of Madrid one of the last “puentes” (bank holiday weekends) like thousands (or maybe millions?) of Madrileños, my husband and I decided to take our nephews of 8 and 10 to the zoo by Air Tram (Teleférico). My youngest nephew and I love pandas, so we try to go at least once a year to pay them a visit, but we’ve always gone by car. We discovered a way that’s more fun [Read more…] about How an Expatriate Spends Her Day Off: A Day at the Zoo with Kids
Like most of us, my primary wish when going to restaurants is having a great experience. There are several variables determining that, not necessarily in order or with the same weight: quality of food, value for money, service, innovation vs tradition, consistency on how they present themselves and what you get, decoration, or dinner guests and other people around [Read more…] about Restaurants in Spain: What I Pay Attention to
A cornerstone of culture, we are lucky to have many museums in Spain, being paintings their main content. These places not only provide us information and feelings about the past or what to expect in the future, but also allow us to ‘travel’ to other countries thanks to the temporary exhibitions that they are capable of organising by borrowing and lending top pieces of art [Read more…] about Art Museums in Spain – Paintings and More
Summer officially ended several days ago, although overall temperatures are higher than normal in this start of Autumn, as it happens in many other places of the Northern Hemisphere.
A path taken by many residents in Spain, freelancing is definitely a work/living option worth considering due to several factors, some of them exposed in my Labour Market in Spain (I) post related to the high unemployment and negative circumstances originated from it. In this first article about this topic, we will review how freelancers must deal with Social Security, and provide an overview of tax-related aspects [Read more…] about Freelancers in Spain – Social Security and Taxes
A new season is about to start and I would like to share some reflections about what that means for Spain and its inhabitants.
With the end of August, life goes back to normal after a long summer break that for a significant part of the labour force takes three or four weeks off and for teachers and instructors spans for two months. It is also a reason to stop delaying what should have initiated prior to the vacation time – “mañana, mañana” attitude, also facilitated by leaving most of the summer’s heat behind. [Read more…] about A New Season
An Irish Professor residing in Madrid and teaching in business schools once said to me that Spain is the best country for living and the worst for working. Although he was obviously taking into consideration the labour markets of developed countries, particularly the ones in Western Europe, unfortunately he had a point on that [Read more…] about Labour Market in Spain (I)
Delicate, important, and recurrent topic. In its 43rd article, the Spanish constitution establishes the right of all the citizens to protect their health and receive medically attention. Although in 2003 it was enacted that everyone residing (legally or illegally) in Spain had access to the public healthcare system, because of the severe economic crisis of 2007/2008 and outrageous cases of health tourism, the universal access to it was restricted in 2012 [Read more…] about Healthcare in Spain (I)
One of our favourite topics. And it will be further explored in future posts. If you happen to be an EU citizen, hold a European passport, or are a national from Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland, congratulations for not having to read about Visas for yourself!
Although I am referring to the real estate market, the title of this post is not inspired by the British reality television series made for the BBC some years ago that also dealt with buying this type of property.
As it happens in other countries and is covered in our Long Stay Visas (I) post, for non-EU individuals acquiring property is a vehicle towards the residency permit in Spain [Read more…] about To Buy or Not to Buy (Property)
Is it such a ‘beast’? Do people go crazy as a result of it? Is a PhD in Astrophysics required to pass its continuous and strict tests? As usual, several factors determine complexity, timelines and outcome of the bureaucracy in Spain.
First and foremost, be prepared to encounter your enemy/tester [Read more…] about Bureaucracy in Spain
Wondering in which month of the year you should move to Spain? As usual, several factors might determine the best timing to do so.
To begin with, most of job hiring from non-touristic companies takes place after the long holidays in September and January. Although because of the instability in other Mediterranean countries some areas are showing some activity from November through March [Read more…] about Best Timing to Move to Spain
‘I am me and my circumstance’. Timeless words of the Spanish philosopher Ortega y Gasset to reflect that each person has her own motivations and reasons to come to this land, together with how their current or previous environment affects them.
People from Northern Europe [Read more…] about Reasons for Coming to Spain
This is our first blog post and starting point. Welcome to this online resource! Get our newsletter, listen to our podcasts, and stay tuned for the next posts and episodes. We will be continuously adding content via interviews with remarkable individuals and blog entries from myself and knowledgeable contributors [Read more…] about Starting Today!