Expats: Expat life in Spain – couple in Valencia detail ‘biggest adjustments’ | Travel News | To travel
Vicky and Josh, an expat couple, love the country and have meticulously planned their move to Spain, now documenting their expat life on their Youtube channel, A couple of nomads. They impressed the many wonderful things of life in the country.
The couple moved to Valencia, Spain, an area they dubbed “the best place in Spain”.
Valencia was recently ranked the world’s number one destination for expats in The Expat City Ranking 2020.
Vicky and Josh said: “There are lots of great things to experience in Spain, lots of history, beautiful Mediterranean beaches and great food.
“There’s our favorite word here in Valencia, ‘tranquilo’, which roughly translates to relax, don’t worry, there’s no rush, which is completely different to our way of life. prior.
“Spain also has a fabulous terraza culture, where we can sit outside with good friends all year round, sipping local wine and enjoying delicious tapas with good conversation.
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The opening hours in Spain are quite different from those in many Western countries.
Traditionally, the working day in the country is divided into two halves.
The first starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 2 p.m. Working hours then start again at 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.
In the middle is the famous Spanish “siesta”, a long break in the middle of the day.
During this period, many businesses may be closed.
The late afternoon snack, known as the merienda, bridges the gap between lunch and dinner, which is eaten after 8:30 p.m.
The couple said getting used to opening hours meant rethinking their attitude to shopping.
“We are so used to many stores being open all day or sometimes 24 hours a day, both are very hard to find here.
“Also, Sundays are a real time to relax and spend time with the family here, so it can be difficult to find a lot of things open.”