Sometimes you just need to throw yourself into the local culture. Photo: AFP Irish expat Carol Byrne gives us the lowdown on the ten commdandments thou shalt follow if you want to settle into expat life in Spain. Thinking of a move to sunny Spain and wondering where to start? Once you have all the travel arrangements and new home sorted out, and have finally unpacked, you should then find out how best to fit in. Confused? Then follow some simple rules, and feel more at home in Spain. After a decade here in the Alpujarra region of southern Spain, we have fallen foul of at least a few of these 'rules' - so be prepared! 1. Thou shalt give blood, sweat, tears - and another photocopy When you go to finalize paperwork (a bit of an oxymoron as there is always more, and never a ‘final’ ream of paper to get through) always remember to bring many, many copies of absolutely everything that pertains to the subject at hand. A vial of blood may also be handy. Add approx one … [Read more...] about The ten commandments for expats living in Spain
British expats living in Spain, France and Italy launched a legal challenge on Tuesday against the 2016 referendum, arguing Leave campaign broke electoral laws, therefore making the Brexit vote unconstitutional. The legal challenge was presented by pro-EU advocacy group “UK in EU Challenge”, which represents Britons living in France, Italy and Spain. The group submitted on Tuesday a judicial review against Prime Minister Theresa May at London’s High Court, arguing that the recent Electoral Commission findings on BeLeave and Vote Leave mean that the UK referendum to leave the EU was not a legal, fair or free vote. In a statement on its website, UK in EU Challenge wrote “recent revelations show beyond reasonable doubt that the Leave campaign cheated in the Brexit referendum”. “The Electoral Commission found “beyond reasonable doubt” that Vote Leave, the official campaign, cheated on its spending limit by almost £700,000 (6 … [Read more...] about British expats in EU launch Brexit legal dispute
When you first move to France it's likely you'll still be liberally pouring milk into your tea for some time but the longer you're here the more you'll find yourself happy to drink and dine a la française. Here are just some of the ways your eating and drinking habits might change, depending on how resistant you are. 1. Drinking tea without milk You might have balked at the idea of not having some semi-skimmed to splash into your tea when you were at home but once you've been in France for a few months/years (delete as appropriate for you) you'll find yourself turning your nose up at the very idea of it. 2. Spicy food is hard to come by There are many (many) benefits for your stomach when you move to France but one of the things you'll find yourself waving goodbye to is spicy food. While it's easy to get a hot curry on the other side of the Channel, in France you'll have to take time to hunt one out. And you'll … [Read more...] about 18 ways your eating and drinking habits change when you live in France
How many Americans are actually living in France? It's a good question. According to the most recent data given to the The Local from France's national statistics agency INSEE, the number of Americans in France is around the 31, 000 mark. Although the real number is likely to be much higher, with the US embassy even talking of around 100,000 "yankees" in France. Judging by comments from our readers and on social media platforms there are a few hundred thousand more Americans who dream of moving to France. So you're thinking of moving to France you'll want to know where to find (or where to avoid) your fellow countrymen, right? Paris, Ile de France, Photo: Flickr/Henrik Berger Jørgensen You can probably guess where most American expats choose to settle in France. That’s right: the City of Light. Île de France, the region around Paris, is officially home to about 15,500 Americans (so around exactly half of all Americans in France), making it the clear top … [Read more...] about Where in France do all the American expats live?
One of the comforts of home for British expats living in France is being able to watch the favourite BBC programmes, which they could pick up via a satellite dish. But for many that pleasure was taken away on Thursday morning, when the broadcaster migrated its channels to a new satellite. Those living in the south of France appear to be the worst affected, with those living in Paris and the north apparently still able to watch the BBC. (See maps below) Expats in France have been bombarding community groups to find out if there is anything they can do. "We are in Nimes and lost BBC this morning. We would really appreciate to know if there is any point in buying a bigger dish.....?" said one poster on Survive France Network. @TheLocalFrance Evil BBC - try explaining to a 5 year old why CBEEBIES doesn't work any more. — Angry Satellite User (@signalsgone) February 7, 2014 Another wrote: "In the Gers we've lost BBC, although the Sky box is telling me we still have a … [Read more...] about BBC ‘satellite switch’ leaves expats in the dark