Javea Costa Blanca Expat Interview Louise Catterall

What is your name?

Louise Catterall
How old are you?

Where were you born?

Plymouth, UK
Were do you live now?
Sagra, Costa Blanca

How long have you lived in the area?

10 years
Are you living alone or with your family?

With my husband and two young children

How often do you visit your home country?

Once every few years to see friends and family
Retired or working (If working what do you do?)

Working from home with Forever Living

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

Yes I studied Spanish at university so speak fairly fluently and although many Spanish speak English I feel it is very important to at least learn the basics.
Do you miss home and family sometimes?

My parents live out here too so I am lucky in that respect although I do miss some aspects of the UK it isn’t enough to make me want to move back.
What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home? 

We bought a house initially but are now renting.

What is your Favourite thing about living in this area?

The blue sky makes me smile every day and the people in this area are very friendly. It is a great place to bring up children.

What is the worst thing about living in the area?

Probably the Valenciano language, as my children are learning this at school and I would prefer if they learnt Castellano.

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

I think on the whole it is cheaper, although it is more expensive than when I first moved here!

How would you rate the healthcare in Spain?

I am with the social system and the health care is amazing. I had my two children in Denia hospital and the care was second to none.
Is it easy to make friends in the area?

If you are willing to go out and try different social groups then yes it is easy. There are lots of groups for expats to join so as long as you make the effort you will be fine.

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

Spain is an amazing country to live in but do your research. Make sure you come out here with work in place or money to live for a while. Also I would recommend renting until you are sure you have found the area you want to live in. Also try and learn the basics in Spanish!

If you have a business tell us about it

I work with Forever Living retailing amazing aloe vera based products and I help others to start their own Forever businesses by coaching them. It is a home-based business and a way to earn an extra €200-€300 per month simply by retailing our aloe products
Do you have a favourite place to eat in the area?

There are a few good restaurants around in the local area…some of our favourites are the Orba pizzeria and the Chicken Shack in Vergel.

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