Life in Colour — Is it Real?

A Reflection of my Life in Spain

My husband and I moved to Barcelona a while back but due to work commitments and projects we chose to go back and spend one more year in London. We both agreed that this was the last time we were in “the darkness of Europe”.

We are exploring Spain and currently in Madrid. I cannot stop writing about Spain. Why? Because this country is amazing. Spain does have its own faults but I won’t go there. Maybe in another blog post. Life in Spain is just fantastic. I love it. My husband loves it. It must be something great about it right…? How did our lives change since we moved back where we live in colour…?

The nothing bar in Spain in a smallest village is worth more than one year in London! Why? There’s real life here. No pretending, no meanness, no high flyers from the corporate world even if they do exist they never talk about it as if it was their highest achievement of life. There’s no nonsensical drinking and crawling on the pavements. I’ve been in Spain for a year now 6 months in Barcelona and 6 months in Madrid.

I haven’t seen Spanish people crawling drunk on the pavements after hours. In Barcelona one might encounter super drunk Northern Europeans and the UK tourists falling over. The tourists deconstruct themselves on a daily basis an intruding a colourful life of Spain. Needless to say I have little to no regard for the drunk UK and Northern European tourists.

Life

It really is true life in Spain is in colour. There’s plenty of sun and natural parks with singing eagles, storks flying around and wild deer or any other wild nature. You are guaranteed to find something wild on your walk/run. Horse riding, hiking, skiing, swimming in lakes or sea is one step away. That’s just a tiny glimpse of what life is in Spain.

I have no actual words to describe the freedom and wonderful life here. What I really like here is that there’s no meanness around. People know how to live here. It’s not just about getting drunk at the weekend, it’s not just about going on holidays, it’s not just about having a massive house and sending kids to a private school. It’s not just nature, food but also people are cool here.

People

In Barcelona, in the city town hall, there’s a sign “refugees are welcome”! I won’t get into a political rant here. However, you get the gist. People are welcome in Spain. My husband and I are temporarily in Madrid and people are even more welcoming. I don’t know why but the attitude to people from somewhere else is inviting.

People are excited to chat to us in English. I have a suspicion Spanish people favourite pass time is to practise their English. They are not judgemental although they do think we are tourist. We always have to say we actually live here. Spanish people always want to show what they have the best in food, culture and nature. It’s welcoming indeed.

Jobs

I get a lot of questions about jobs in Spain. There’s plenty! It’s important what industry you work in but overall there’s no shortage work in Spain. The salary here is not what one would earns in London in the UK but to live well in Spain you do not need a lot of cash. What you get here in return is far more than a massive lump sum from the corporate nonsense without a life.

I am learning to code and there’s many businesses to create in the world to make the better world. Remote work is a new way of working so it actually doesn’t matter where you are in the world. If you have a family the schools in Spain are great from what I hear. If there’s a will there’s a way and that’s how it works in Spain too.

If you ever want to live in Spain, make a plan, do you research and make it happen. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

P.S. I know some people get offended by my happy life in Spain and I did get a physical threat over my happy life in Spain.

I am a writer who learned to code! I write about personal experiences within a humanist and global context. Find me on Twitter & Instagram @erikachaudhary

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