Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Expat Experiences: Spain - Fred and Arpi Shively

Who are you?

Fred Shively

Fred Shively - freelance creative director, writer, photographer. Arpi Shively - professional writer.

Where, when and why did you move abroad?

2003 from the USA to the Alpujarras in Andalucia because we wanted to get back to Europe.

What challenges did you face during the move?

Being an American citizen made it slightly more difficult until we found out that, because I was married to a British national, I could come in as 'familial'. Otherwise the usual stuff: language, bringing a car into Spain (particularly difficult and expensive from the USA), the culture shock (compounded by moving to a small Andalucian pueblo).

Can you tell us something about your property?

We rent, always will as it obviates a whole load of problems. We have neither the need nor compulsion to own. Also, we're about to take over the management of a totally delightful Finca and casitas which we could never have done had we been tied to a property.

What is the property market like at the moment?

As far as we can make out: dire. Although probably a good time for buyers...

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