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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: How To Books (1 May 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857038754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857038750
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.7 x 21.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Harry King was born and educated at Brechin, Scotland. His occupational career embraced senior positions in the textile, food and distribution industries. Retiring in 1999, he has written a series of non fiction books about moving to Spain. His also created the character SERGEANT GONZALEZ, a humorous Spanish cop, in the book of the same name. A sequel BAND OF '33 will soon follow

Harry's other activities include golf, hiking, singing, playing the guitar and Appalachian dulcimer

His website is www.harryking.es and e-mail address topvallpop@yahoo.co.uk

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Apart from those following a career, why do people move to Spain? Well, usually the family has grown up and left home, so for the first time people are free to decide how to spend the rest of their lives. Getting to know another country and its culture is an attractive idea, and so is saying goodbye to cold winters. Perhaps more important is a feeling of not wishing to continue for the rest of ones life doing exactly the same thing. Desires to broaden horizons, to see new places, to meet new people, to enjoy new hobbies, to have a challenge are all the ingredients for a new lifestyle.

Many thousands of British, German and Scandinavian couples move for these reasons. Over the years they have holidayed in there thousands in Spain, enjoying the country, the people and the climate. It is still a relatively cheap country where one can enjoy a standard of living that is just not possible in any Northern European country. It is close to home. Travelling by air, rail, and sea, or by using the Channel Tunnel can be quick and it can be cheap. Keeping in touch is easier and visits by friends more likely.

Permanent residence is not just a continuous holiday. It starts with a honeymoon period, going to many parties and making new friends. Of course this does not last. But there is no returning home; there is no office, no salary and no pressure. It is important not to get bored. Cerveza drinking and sun worshipping can take its toll. Keep active by working part time in a non-demanding situation, or by joining several social clubs and partaking in the many sporting activities available. Have a full and busy life, do the things you enjoy, keep happy, healthy and feel young.

Of course there are some problems. Charming people as they are, the Spaniards do tend to speak very rapidly in a regional language which seems to be quite different to the Spanish learned at night school back home. They have a different body clock too. They can be noisy. Then there are the frustrating delays. People do not rush about. If you need something repaired, it often takes longer than it should. But one adjusts and learns to be patient.

The aim of this book is to help you get the most out of living in Spain; impart knowledge on how to deal with problems and give information on how to enjoy life. Lots of people have now spent many years here and if they were still living elsewhere would not hesitate to make the same decision again. They feel Spain is now home. They have been revitalized, enjoy a different lifestyle and feel young again.

About the Author

Harry King is one of many people who have chosen to make Spain their home and who would not hesitate to make the same decision again. His aim in this book is to give you all the information you need to get the most out of this vibrant and exciting country so that you can enjoy your new life to the full. He lives in Alicante, Spain.

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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By "rob300682" on 21 Jun. 2004
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I Travel to Spain Frequently on Business and pleasure to see friends and I found this book a most interesting read. I specifically liked the shaded text inserts in most of the chapters entitled DID YOU KNOW. I found these very informative because I DIDN'T KNOW. It has really given me a push to start looking for my first property in spain. Like Spain, this book is different from the rest.
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2004
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I gained very lttle from reading this book. Any reader who has alreadystarted to research a move anywhere overseas will be dissapointed with thelack of detail. All aspects covered are very general in deed. If I couldpraise any area covered it would be the aspects relating to retiring toSpain.
Sorry but I must be honest otherwise the review would bepointless!
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Buy this book if you're think about going to live in Spain. It's possibly a little out-of-date now (I'm not sure if it has been updated in subsequent editions). However, thing move slowly in Iberia. It's full of helpful tips and hints and more importantly traps and pitfalls to avoid! Forewarned is Forearmed
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By skyeblue61 on 21 Aug. 2013
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i wish these quides would put alot more pictures , it leaves alot to the imagination or old memories if you have been to spain before. Its ok but could do with alot more detail concerning british pensions and health care allowances for retirees. A reasonable read.
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