The title of this blog posts already gives it all away, so I’m just going to say it: I’m moving to Spain! Bizarre right? In exactly 13 days I’ll arrive in Santiago de Compostela, in my new home country Spain. That is, if covid-19 allows me to do so. Moving in the midst of a pandemic in a nutshell: my boyfriend is Galician, we lived in the Netherlands for the past year, realised it’s not the place for us and decided to move as soon as my work contract finishes. And that moment is on November second.
Of course it’s easy to get all dreamy about the sunsets at the beach and feeling the sand on my toes, but I’m very aware that none of this will be easy. That’s why I need a plan. El plan.
Maybe it’s a little overenthusiastic to call this El Plan, implying it’s some sort of master plan I made, when in reality the whole plan consists of exactly four goals. You’ve got to start somewhere, right?
- Learn Spanish
The most important thing of all will be to learn Spanish. Quickly. Unlike Dutch people, many Spanish people don’t speak English (well) and without it I’ll be lost. I’ve got my big friend Duolingo and a Spanish course book I bought a while ago, which both should help me to learn vocabulary and grammar. I’m also planning on reading many children’s books, watching TV in Spanish and trying to interact in Spanish regularly when I’ve got the level to do so. And hopefully join Spanish language classes at some point!
- Find job there/remote
As I quit my job in the Netherlands to move to Spain, I’ll be unemployed when I arrive. This means that finding a job is a priority, either there or something I can do remote. I’m afraid it will be very difficult to find something there without speaking the language well, because I don’t see many English job offers that suit my profile. Another option would be to work remotely for a Dutch company.
- New apartment
Upon arriving, I don’t have to worry about a place to stay right away, as my boyfriend and I can stay with his family for a while. This is such a luxury position to be in when you don’t have job yet – and very much appreciated – but of course we also want to find our own place in the near future. I can’t wait to move in somewhere cosy.
- Have a social life
Is it sad that this is in fourth place? I think that I’ll miss my friends and family from home lots, so I hope to have some sort of social life in Galicia at some point in the near future. However, the other goals have a higher priority for me and it also seems to make more sense to start having a social life once we know where in Galicia we’ll actually be living.
So from now on there will be lots of moving + settling in Spain content on my blog. Make sure to follow if you want to stay up to date on my adventures in Galicia!1