Relocating to a new city is a big move. A new city, in a new country (when you don’t speak the language) is an even bigger move. Luckily, we’ve had a bit of practice at this but it still feels quite daunting when the day finally comes to pack up your things and get on that flight.
I think the key to moving to another country is a bit of planning (so that you don’t feel overwhelmed), a bit of research into your new home (so that you know what to expect) and a lot of courage (you made the decision to move for a reason, have faith in yourself and don’t look back).
So, here we are, living in Madrid. It is an amazing city and we’ve really settled in over the past 6 months. To be honest we’ve been wowed by what Madrid has to offer. Beautiful architecture, bustling streets and plazas, delicious food and drink and vast green spaces.
The logistics of moving from London to Madrid was (pretty) stress free. We used a website called AnyVan.com and found Wheeler Logistics to bring over our tv, record player, vinyl collection and a big box of books. It was all delivered safe and sound to our new apartment a few days after moving in. Brad was in constant contact with them, discussing the final shipping price, tracking the shipment and planning the delivery day.
Our apartment is a little 1 bed on the edge of the La Latina barrio and just a 10-minute walk from Central Madrid. La Latina the oldest part of Madrid with cute narrow streets and small open plazas. One of the best places to get authentic tapas and have a nice local beer.
The landlord is nice and speaks good English so signing contracts etc was really easy. We found this property through Spotahome.com back in the UK. I wanted to have a place lined up in advance as I didn’t fancy the idea of trawling free ad sites when we arrived. There were a few properties that we liked the look of but after submitting applications found that they were no longer available or the current tenants had renewed. It was a little disheartening but the Spotahome team were really helpful sending us new property suggestions and keeping us updated. The best bit was that the staff visit the property on your behalf and take a head-cam video of what it’s like inside. That way you know what to expect without actually going to view it yourself.
After a lot of cleaning and few trips to Ikea we felt pretty at home in our new little apartment. Now it’s time to start the fun stuff and get out exploring Madrid!
Geographically Madrid is right in the centre of Spain. Making it really easy to either fly, drive or catch a train to almost anywhere in the country from here. After writing my list of things to do in Madrid, I set straight to work writing a list of all the places in Spain I want to visit. There so many great places to see. From the stunning Alhambra in Granada, the green hills of Caceres, to the crystal blue seas of the Balearic Islands.
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If you are planning to visit Madrid check out my post on What you need to know before visiting Madrid
Or my tips on spending a Weekend in Madrid
If you are planning to move to Spain take a look at 10 ways to learn Spanish for free
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