Monthly Archives: August 2012

Day 12: Restaurant life on the Costa Blanca

Photo by: Arno Wesselink

Many British people who come to Spain to live and work, dream of owing a bar or restaurant in the sun, from the outside it seems like the perfect life. Read the rest of this entry

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Day 11: Councillor for Social Services and Welfare, Sylvia Tatnell, talks about her job and help available for expats

Photo by: Prisoner 5413

Spain’s Social Services and Welfare system is very different to the UK, the Spanish culture and way of life means that if you want help and support when you are older, you look to your family first. Read the rest of this entry

Day 10: Education in Spain

Jordi and Magda Giner – Jordi is a lecturer at Valencia University and Magda teaches Valenciano in one of the local secondary schools on the Costa Blanca

Children in Spain start their education at the age of three. At this early age they are taught the building blocks of reading and writing before they move to primary school a couple of years later. Read the rest of this entry

Day 9: Jordi Giner talks about his PHD study into expats on the Costa Blanca and Higher Education in Spain

Jordi and Magda Giner – Jordi is a lecturer at Valencia University and Magda teaches Valenciano in one of the local secondary schools on the Costa Blanca

Spain, is a popular place for British people to retire to or leave the UK in order to make a new life in the sun.  Read the rest of this entry

Day 8: For some the Costa Blanca dream is not a dream come true

Gemma left her life in Lincoln to live and work in Spain, but her time in Spain has not always the perfect Costa dream.

British people have traditionally moved to Spain to retire and to spend the rest of their days in the sun, but more younger people are coming to live out in Spain and today make up a large proportion of the expatriate community here on the Costa Blanca. Read the rest of this entry

Day 7: British family life on the Costa Blanca

Kim wth her daughters, Lauren, Kimberly and Sophie

Over the past 15 years, more and more young families have moved to this part of Spain to make a living and to bring up their children in a climate where the sun shines and in an environment that they believe is healthier. Read the rest of this entry

Tim raises thousands for Help for Heroes

Flt. Sgt Timothy Pidoux hands over £5000 to H4H representative Retired Air Commodore Pat King.

The Armed Forces leading charity for helping injured service men and women, Help for Heroes, has received £5,000 from not only a keen supporter of the charity, but from a current serving member of the RAF. Read the rest of this entry

Day 6: The Costa Blanca’s English language newspapers; an information service for it’s readers

The Post and the Costa Blanca News are some of the post popular newspapers for expats in this part of Spain.

It was a trip down memory lane for me as I stepped into the busy newspaper office of the Costa Blanca News and The Post. I could not believe it was 10 years ago since I last came here to meet a friend of mine, who was the then Editor. It’s where my career started and a huge sense of nostalgia sweepted over me as I took in the hustle and bustle of it all. Read the rest of this entry

Day 5: Onda cero International; it was a breath of fresh air for expats on the Costa Blanca

Hugh and Beverly ran Onda cero International for several years and enjoyed bringing the British community together.

After running and making their own successful English language programme, Lifestyle, on a radio station in Benissa, Hugh and Beverly Stewart were approached by the Spanish broadcasting company  Onda cero, to start-up an international radio station broadcasting to expatriates on the Costa Blanca. Read the rest of this entry

Day 4: Taking at look at owning a business on the Costa Blanca

John Knight started up his own business in 1966 and today is still a leading insurance broker for British people in Spain.

Many British people have not just come over to Spain to retire, but many came to the Costa’s in the building boom in the early 90’s. They could find work easily and the cost of living was much cheaper than it was in the UK. Read the rest of this entry

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