Category Archives: Ex-pat

Ask me anything! Part 2 – Your questions on food, places, washing machines (!) & culture



Part 2 of “ask me anything”. I answer more of your questions about life in Spain from my point of view. In the second part I answer your questions about my favourite Spanish food and restaurants, moving to different parts of Spain, washing machines and Spanish culture.


Ask me anything! Part 1 – Your questions on my story, moving to Spain, Covid & the podcast



I asked you guys, the listeners to “ask me anything”! (About Spain that is – and my life here) In part 1 I answer your questions about how and why I came to live in Spain, where to live in Spain, the situation with Covid-19 and why I decided to start the When in Spain … Continue reading Ask me anything! Part 1 – Your questions on my story, moving to Spain, Covid & the podcast


Comedy as an antidote to the frustrations of living in Spain – Laughter is the best medicine with Richard Marshall



British comedian Richard Marshall from Madrid Stand Up Comedy talks to me about the frustration and isolation we can face when moving to Spain. Richard shares with us how he’s used comedy as an antidote to overcome the anxieties of immersing himself in a new culture and language. We also had lots of laughs examining … Continue reading Comedy as an antidote to the frustrations of living in Spain – Laughter is the best medicine with Richard Marshall


Moving to Spain checklist with relocation coach Molly Piccavey



Are you thinking about making the move to Spain? Wondering where to live and how to buy or rent a property? Do you want to look for work or retire to Spain? If the answer is yes to any of these questions then this episode is for you. I chat with Molly Piccavey who runs … Continue reading Moving to Spain checklist with relocation coach Molly Piccavey


Moving to Spain with Children with Lisa Sadleir from Family Life in Spain



I talk to Lisa Sadleir who runs the Family Life in Spain blog about the practicalities of moving to Spain with children. Lisa has spent more than 20 years in Spain and has raised her own two children here and she’s also helped many other families make the move. We examine all of the factors … Continue reading Moving to Spain with Children with Lisa Sadleir from Family Life in Spain


Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently : 8 tips to master Spanish – WIS029



Want to speak Spanish fluently? I stop off at The Royal Spanish Academy or Real Academia Española, in the centre of Madrid, ground zero for the Spanish language and home of the Diccionario de la lengua española, the official dictionary of the Spanish language. The Academy’s mission is to ensure the stability of the Spanish language and promote … Continue reading Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently : 8 tips to master Spanish – WIS029


Ben Curtis and Marina Diez from Notes in Spanish – WIS017



Spanish podcast pioneers, Ben Curtis, an Englishman from Oxford and Marina Diez, a native Madrileña have run the Notes in Spanish podcast since 2006 for all Spanish language learners. They also produced the Notes from Spain podcast series about Spanish life and culture. Ben and Marina and their podcasts were a huge inspiration for me when deciding to … Continue reading Ben Curtis and Marina Diez from Notes in Spanish – WIS017


Spain vs England – The cultures collide! WIS012



Spain vs England! I examine the cultural differences between Spain and the UK with the help of some of my Spanish friends who live and work in England. Let battle commence! I chat with Paula, Diego, Pedro and English ally Dan about the pros and cons of living in Spain and the UK, the things … Continue reading Spain vs England – The cultures collide! WIS012


The Spanish NIE & Residency – Why you need it and how to get it WIS010



In Episode Ten of When in Spain I look at how to get the all-important Spanish NIE number and residency card. In this show I’ll explain why it’s crucial to get the NIE if you’re planning to live, work, study, retire or buy a property in Spain. I’ll guide you through the application process and … Continue reading The Spanish NIE & Residency – Why you need it and how to get it WIS010