Javea Costa Blanca Expat Interview Kim Leeds

What is your name?

Kim Leeds

How old are you?

52

Where were you born?

Dartford Kent

Were do you live now?

Javea

How long have you lived in the area?

21 months

Are you living alone or with your family?

Alone

How often do you visit your home country?

Only for funerals

Retired or working (If working what do you do?)

Entrepreneur. Event décor & floristry. Teach English. Business performance analysis. Assist Guardian Angels charity with strategic management. Have a business in London.

Do you speak Spanish and do you think it’s important to speak the local language?

Sufficient to get by. Its not necessary in Javea but you get better service and it shows respect.Its important to me as I came to Spain to embrace the Spanish culture and NOT to live in an expat community.

Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Miss grandchildren but pros far outweigh cons.

What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? How much do or did you pay for it?

Rent apartment (less to clean!) 575pm

What is your Favourite thing about living in this area?

The different facets ie Old Town, port, mountains, sea

What is the worst thing about living in the area?

French drivers in August.

What is the cost of living in Spain compared to your home country?

Far cheaper than London and no pressure here to keep up with the Joneses

How would you rate the healthcare in Spain?

Private. Not had to access yet.

Is it easy to make friends?

If you have the confidence to join clubs, are open to new interests and have a personable nature.

Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Spain?

Ensure you have sufficient savings to exist comfortably for at least a year to analyse seasonable wants and needs if setting up a business. Ensure you speak the level of Spanish needed for your occupation should you wish to work. Network as every person you meet could lead to a positive opportunity.

If you have a business or blog please tell us about it

Forget Me Not Spain will be launched in April 2017.

Do you have a favourite place to eat?

No. We are lucky to have a diverse range of restaurants. However, I tend to avoid English owned eateries as I prefer Mediterranean dishes.

Do you have any opinions or help that we have not asked about above?

If you expect to replicate your English life, you could be very disappointed. Services are slow and the internet, although improving is pretty diabolical.

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