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Dacha on the sea

Maria Buntina; 43

We publish real stories of emigration to Spain to make it easier for you to understand how the move actually happens.
The idea of immigrating to Spain
My story of moving is not the most standard one. My husband and I did not leave St. Petersburg in search of a better life-we were fine there-we just wanted to buy a dacha for our vacation. We didn't want to go to Russia, because mosquitoes and things like that in the middle belt, in Sochi the climate was too humid, in Finland it was cold, in Turkey it was warm and cheap, but the mentality was not ours at all.

In the end, stopped at a house on the Costa Blanca in the mortgage for 300 thousand euros. Ten years ago, it was still a sum that was affordable to the ruble.
Calp, Spain

Problems and solutions when moving to Spain

We spent the summer at the dacha, returned to St. Petersburg, and realized that we wanted to go back. Without putting it off, we decided to leave. We took care of everything officially, found an immigration company, and got involved in collecting documents - we needed a lot, since we were moving on a financially secure visa without the right to work. It was a big help that we already owned real estate, so we did not need to rent and prove that we have a place to live.
It was a big help that we already owned real estate, so we didn't have to rent and prove that we had a place to live.
Maria Buntina
Costa Blanca, Spain
Documents, prices, final
The apartment in St. Petersburg first rented, then sold, the money was put on the account - Spanish, so as not to order every time with a translation to extend the residence permit, and the euro is safer. Two years later, her husband received a residence permit with the right to work for himself - opened a travel agency, I'm still without the right to work, but the quality of life is not affected, and no problems in the country, I do not feel, help my husband, driving tours a couple of times have even helped his friends look for a place - for a small fee.

The climate here is wonderful and very mild. There haven't been any sudden temperature changes the way we're used to in St. Petersburg, and there are a lot of sunny days. In winter the house is cool because there's no central heating, so we have to turn on the heaters and wrap up, but we're already used to it. Two pants, two socks, two sweatshirts and warm slippers - our "recipe" against the winter Spanish cold.

Products too like - and, moreover, in stores, they are no worse than in the market, and are quite inexpensive, which can not be said about the communal - it is, of course, impressive. And, by the way, in the simplest state local clinic, I was finally diagnosed and treated a problem with which I have been tormented since adolescence. So medicine is also quite acceptable, although it still costs money - not much, but you must buy insurance.
Altea, Costa Blanca
What took a long time to get used to:
  • Parking rules. If you parked in the wrong place or didn't have time to pay quickly, a ticket will arrive almost instantly;
  • Cold weather in the house. I have already written about this, but for the first few winters it was uncomfortable;
  • To bad manicures and dubious cosmetologist. Local masters are a pain, but fortunately, there are enough visitors from Russia and other CIS countries, so you can get beauty from them.

During the covid was a lot of funny things, of course, such as masks on the beach, which you can remove only when swimming, but this is a detail.

In general, we like it here, we are not going to come back and do not regret that decision. Spain is a wonderful country!