Natalia Hansson Costa Blanca Documentary filmmaker, Expat Interview
Here is an interview with Natalia Przybylska-Hansson, a well know face on the Northern Costa Blanca coast.
What is your name?
How old are you?
Where were you born?
Were do you live now?
Altea, Costa Blanca
How long have you lived in the area?
Are you living alone or with your family?
Living with my husband and labrador.
How often do you visit your home country?
Have not had the chance to go back yet
Retired or working (If working what do you do?)
I’m a partner & presenter at UP NOW Costa Blanca.
Do you speak Spanish and do you think it’s important to speak the local language?
I speak Spanish, but not perfect. My communication skills in Spanish are OK. I think it is very important that you are able to do business in Spanish. I took a little Spanish in school, maybe six months, but I did Latin for 4 years.
So that is a help, as Latin is the basis of Spanish. I mostly learnt by just speaking to people in Spanish. I think I may speak it like a 5 year old, but Spanish people still appreciate the effort.
Do you miss home and family sometimes?
No I don’t. I speak on Skype and Facebook with my parents all the time. As they say, home is where the heart is, my husband is here, my dog is here, my parents come here twice a year. Everyone wants to come here as the weather is so much better than Poland.
What about housing, have you bought, or are you renting a home?
We rent, we have rented the same house in Altea Hills since we arrived. Renting suits us right now as we don’t know where we may end up living. We think renting gives us freedom.
What is your Favourite thing about living in this area?
I love the people, I love the food, I love the climate, I love everything here.
What is the worst thing about living in the area?
Can I think of anything bad? No.
What is the atmosphere for business like here?
I think business here is more relaxed. In Poland everything has to be done NOW. Here the manana culture allows me to relax, I love it because I had to change, my life is now more balanced. I guess I love this part of the Spanish lifestyle that other foreigners dislike. I have found a middle ground of work and life in Spain that suits me.
What is the cost of living in Spain compared to your home country?
Some things are more expensive in Poland, like renting for example
Was Spain your first choice when you decided to leave Poland?
We were about to rent a house on the Polish coast, and were in the process of making plans to move to California. My husbands parents had a house here and said why dont you try the Costa Blanca instead?
So we researched and we thought we could have the California lifestyle right here in Europe. So we decided to try it for a year, five years later we are still here, and our parents are happy that we are so much closer.
How would you rate the healthcare in Spain?
I dont know, I have never been to the doctor here, but I hear it is fine.
Is it easy to make friends in the area?
Very easy, at least for me, I love to connect with people.
Do you have any tips for our readers about living in Spain and any advice you would give anyone considering moving here?
Network with people first, research and try to connect with groups of people to get the real story. We could have moved anywhere in Spain but talking to people made us think Costa Blanca North was the right place, so I would say research first. A lot of people have told me our films helped them make the decision about where they wanted to live.
If you have a business tell us about it
My business partner, Torben Thøger, and I run Upnow Costa Blanca, making documentary films about the area. We started last year and released our first film in July, but now it is really starting to happen and we are getting more and more visitors and viewers all the time. The momentum was slow for six months, but since then we have passed that point, and our audience has grown very quickly.
The rewarding part is we have now actually met people who have made the move, and have told us that our films helped them to decide if they wanted to move and which area they want to live in.
Just last week I was in a bar in Orba, and a guy from Manchester introduced himself and told me he normally spends his time in Benidorm, but had decided to come to Orba to look around and also check out this bar because of our films, that is very satisfying to hear.
Watch the Javea documentary here