Expat Voices: Rob Innis on living in Alicante
Rob Innis, a British expat who has lived in Spain for over a decade, shares his passion for a relaxed and family-oriented Spanish lifestyle.
Name: Rob Innis
City of residence: Alicante
Occupation: Freelance Writer
Reason for moving to Spain: Lifestyle change
Lived in Spain since: 2000
What was your first impression of Spain?
Bright sunny days, feeling free, meeting lots of new people -- exciting and challenging.
What do you think of Spanish food?
I love it; much healthier and far more interesting. I never buy British food now.
Much more relaxed and easier to find good service.
What do you appreciate most about living in Spain?
Relaxed lifestyle and the weather.
What do you find most frustrating about living in Spain?
People usually say bureaucracy, but if you prepare yourself with the right papers it is no problem.
What puzzles you about Spanish culture and what do you miss since you’ve moved here?
Sometimes their lack of forward planning surprises me -- but I am changing. Maybe the theatre and antique fairs.
How does the quality of life in Spain compare to the quality of life in other countries that you’ve lived in?
I would say higher; more focus on leisure and family than working.
If you could change anything about Spain, what would it be?
I really cannot think of anything.
What advice would you give to a newcomer?
Research first, be flexible, and adapt to what you find.
Would you like to add anything?
Do not think the grass is automatically greener here – if you come with little money and qualifications or experience then you might find it a struggle. Spain does have its problems at the moment, and don’t expect lots of government handouts like in the UK.
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