Today, October 15th 2019, marks the first anniversary of moving to Spain. Exactly one year ago, me and my partner, @raluca, flew from Bucharest to Valencia with just two suitcases each. I refrained from writing about this experience, for various reasons. As a matter of fact, I refrained from posting too often on this blog during the last few years too, but this is about to change. Or so I hope.
Why Moving To Spain?
If you happen to read my personal blog for a lot of time – which is highly unlikely – then you know that 10 years ago I took the decision to move from Romania, the initial destination being New Zealand. My personal context was very different back then. Financially, I was on a much better situation than one year ago. Relationship-wise, I was in a much worse situation than one year ago (in a marriage that didn’t work out and which was about to collapse very soon). The choice of New Zealand, as a destination, was influenced by both these factors.
Obviously, that move to New Zealand didn’t happen. It took me 9 long years to actually move abroad and there were many factors at play, factors which eventually made moving to Spain the best option. I wish this move could have happened sooner, but, honestly, I don’t think it could have happened any other way.
So, how we ended up moving to Spain?
Well, when it was clear that the move could actually happen, we ended up with a 5 items questionnaire. Here they are:
- Can we afford to live in it?
- Does it have at least 300 sunny days per year?
- Is it near the sea?
- Is it runner friendly?
- Is it within a reasonable distance from Romania?
I’ll take each question at a time, to understand what was the motivation behind each of them and how our current city, Valencia, responded when we took it for a test drive.
I'm a serial entrepreneur, blogger and ultrarunner. You can find me mainly on my blog at Dragos Roua where I write about productivity, business, relationships and running. Here on Steemit you may stay updated by following me @dragosroua.
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