In 2015, Darrell and I moved to Gran Alacant in Spain, where we met the Stewardson family; Katie, Andy and Little Lexi. During testing times, Darrell and I formed a close bond with these special people, who still remain in our life today, despite us leaving Spain six months ago. The Stewardson's are still living their Spanish dream, despite the pitfalls they encounter everyday. With time on her hands Katie has decided to set up her own website called 'Optimistic Mummy,' a tale of life in an unforgiving climate. I am delighted to showcase Katie's work on 'Roaming Brit,' and hope my readers will also enjoy her adventures in a foreign land!
Over to Katie....
I have never done a blog before, I have read a few, my good friend Luke has a blog which is very good.. so I don't really know what to write to be honest or where to start.
I moved with my family to Spain in May 2016, my family consisting off my husband and my (at the time) 3 year old daughter, whose now 6 going onto 16 but that is for another time. Any way in a quick span we moved from one house to another that we are in now, our lives have never been simple even before moving to "sunny Spain", I find the harder you try the more obstacles you find are in the way.
Simple things for instance buying a car: in the UK nice and simple really fill the log book in and post it or now it is all online, where as here in Spain you need a dozen different types of paperwork and you have to go down to the Traffico office (if you do not speak Spanish there is no point trying.)after going through all the paperwork you have to pay the office for them to put the car in your name on top off paying a tax on the car and that's not the road tax.......need a cup of tea now after writing that, even writing about it is complicated.
Back to the beginning of this year everything was fine. My daughter is enjoying school, I had work so did my husband and our dream house... kind of..... its not ours we just rent it .
then all of a sudden another hiccup in the path for a simple easy life.... is there even such a thing. I lost my job. Devastating as you would know if it has happened to you under any circumstance the hit to your self confidence is rocketing. i did the only thing I knew how to do be positive and the optimistic mummy I am.