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Jun17

Where do you open a bank account without a NIE?

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Where do you open a bank account without a NIE?

I read this question recently on social media. Does anyone know how you can open a Spanish bank account quickly if you still have no NIE? I must open one this week. What can I do?Please note that a EU citizen asked this question. So this article doesn't apply to non-EU citizens.

May20

3 steps to a NIE in Madrid

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3 steps to a NIE in Madrid

Applying for a NIE should be one of your top priorities when you arrive in Madrid. But what is a NIE and how do you get one?

Apr08

How well do you know the Spaniards? Quiz - part 2

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How well do you know the Spaniards? Quiz - part 2
This time I would like to invite you to take part in the second part of the short quiz 'How well do you know the Spaniards?' This thime I have included some questions about the public holidays in Spain such as ' when exactly do the Spanish celebrate Christmas?' and 'Why is Dos de Mayo a public holiday? Enjoy!
Mar10

How well do you know the Spaniards? Quiz - part 1

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How well do you know the Spaniards? Quiz - part 1
In order to feel truly at home, it´s important to have an open mind and attitude towards the habits of Spaniards. So, how well do you know them? Just follow this short quiz about Spanish habits and customs to find out.
Feb11

How to renew your driving license in Madrid

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How to renew your driving license in Madrid

Many expats drive in Madrid with a driving license from their home country or another country. However, is it all right to continue to drive with a driving license from another country? Or do you have to take some action? What do you need to do if your driving license expires?

Jan15

The bank guarantee, how can you avoid it?

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The bank guarantee, how can you avoid it?

You have found a nice house close to Madrid and you discuss the conditions with the landlord. Although it happens less frequently, landlords may require a bank guarantee. The aval bancario.

Why do landlords require such a bank guarantee?

Dec11

10 things you have to know before signing a rental contract in Spain

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10 things you have to know before signing a rental contract in Spain

Finally! You’ve found your apartment in Madrid. And you are happy. The landlord sends you the rental contract for you to sign. First obstacle: it’s in Spanish. Ok, you can handle this. Just find a translator. No problem!

Second obstacle: you don’t know anything about Spanish rental law. You are not familiar with this subject at all.

This article provides you with answers to the most frequently asked questions about Spanish rental law.

Nov13

5 benefits of an international school

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5 benefits of an international school

In the article the pros and cons of a Spanish school I discussed the Spanish school. Choosing an international school has benefits as well. So do you choose an international school or a Spanish school?

Nov11

10 books to read when moving to Spain

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10 books to read when moving to Spain

This article is for you if you love reading books. If you are moving to Spain, there are many new things to learn. The language. The culture. Cultural communication. Practical things, moving house, school. Maybe you would like to buy property. This article provides you with some books that are definitely worth reading when moving to Spain.

Oct09

The pros and cons of a Spanish school

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The pros and cons of a Spanish school

Many expats who move to Spain, opt for an international school. An international school has some advantages. Your child will follow the same curriculum as in your home country or you can swith easily to another school if you are moving to another country.

A Spanish school has also some advantages, especialy when you know you will be living in Spain for a longer period. The only question is: what exactly are the benefits? This article may provide some insights in those advantages.

Sep22

Why is learning Spanish important?

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Why is learning Spanish important?
One of the biggest challenges newcomers in Madrid face is the Spanish language. Castillian to be more specific. Many newcomers cannot speak Spanish, feel very frustrated and express their amazement with other expats how it is possible that so many Spaniards speak so little English. Moreover, some expats - expecially the British - are not used to learning another language. I think it is important to overcome the frustration and learn Spanish. I would like to tell you why.
Jan06

4 mistakes you can make while negotiating with Spaniards about accommodation

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4 mistakes you can make while negotiating with Spaniards about accommodation

Negotiating with Japanese, Chinese or Germans is very different from negotiating with British or Dutch. The same applies to negotiating with Spaniards.

In a conversation with Hersilia Valle Gross, she pointed four mistakes expats typically make when visiting accommodation.

Dec03

This is what you have to organise when you land in Madrid

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What should be one of your top priorities to organise when you arrive in Madrid? A NIE. What is a NIE and how do you get one?

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