Javea Costa Blanca Expat Interview Nicole Caneda

What is your name?

Nicole Caneda

How old are you?

49

Where were you born?

Switzerland

Were do you live now?
In Orba, Costa Blanca

How long have you lived in the area?

20 years

Are you living alone or with your family?

Alone now

How often do you visit your home country?

Twice a year!

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

I work for an estate agency in Orba …… Grupo Orbacasa

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

Yes, I speak Spanish and I find it essential to speak the language of the country where you are living. It gives you the opportunity to integrate and to be part of it.

Do you miss home and family sometimes?

Yes sometimes I do. I love my hometown and I still have some family left there. I must say that for me, my home is here in Spain and whenever I am in Switzerland and however nice it is there, I always look forward to coming back to Spain. I love Spain and my life here.

What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? 

I have purchased a house with a mortgage. I bought it from my mother so, if I told you the purchase price, it would not be a realistic price.

What is your Favourite thing about living in this area?

The more relaxed lifestyle, the outside living, the beauty and diversity of the country, the friendliness of the people and last but not least of course the climate.

What is the worst thing about living in the area?

Having to deal with administrations of any kind…

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

There is no comparison. Switzerland is much more expensive in every way. It is of course true that also the salaries are much higher than here in Spain

How would you rate the healthcare in Spain?

The health system is excellent. I am in the social system.

Is it easy to make friends in the area?

I think it is, but it depends of course on each person, on how you approach people, where you socialise etc. I feel that, as we all look for friends and initially are quite alone here, we might make more effort to get to know people. Also you can join groups like painting, walking, theatre groups etc. There is a good offer of things to do where you can meet like-minded people.

Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Spain and any advice you would give anyone considering moving here?

A difficult question….i guess it helps if you know about the country, traditions etc. and to just try to join in whichever community you are living and enjoy!!
Do you have a favourite place to eat in the area?

There are far too many nice places!!

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

I can’t think of anything else to add.

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