Santa Pola, holy mola!

Mortadelo y Filamón
Relaxing by reading Spain’s most famous comic: Mortadelo and Filamón.

(Almost) Wordless Wednesday

Video summary of a trip to our friends’ house in the modest fishing and beach village of Santa Pola.  Highlights include a day trip to Tabarca, an island once a refuge for pirates.  And meal after meal of arroz a banda, rice cooked in fish stock, a delicacy in Alicante province.  It’s definitely a cousin dish to Valencian paella but with fewer goodies and rice that seems a bit less sticky.



2 thoughts on “Santa Pola, holy mola!”

  1. hey man, first of all congrats on the blog, i think i read it all, it was fun but could not find the following. I am considering FIRE in spain and in principle i thought of getting a job there, working a few years and then “retire”. When i read all about the 3-hour lunch breaks and long working hours it kinda scared me off. Now i am crunching numbers to do as u guys did, going on a non-lucrative visa. However i cant imagine myself sitting around all day. When i say “retire”, i meant “do some sort of job that I truly enjoy, salary does not matter”. I was curious to know what u guys do apart from dropping off and picking up the boys at school. Can u attend any sort of college ? Work part time ? Use the public health system ? I saw you can use the public schools, what is nice. I would appreciate to hear your take on that. Gracias !

    1. Hi Vagabundo. I’m not sure from where you are coming but if you’re not a citizen of an EU country, you may find it difficult to obtain legal work in Spain. I say that just from hearsay and from anecdotal evidence based on talking with a few folks who were able to navigate those waters successfully. It is no small task. Your Spanish employer must prove you are more qualified than any (or all) other Spanish candidates and can become a bit sticky. Working under the table or in a less formal capacity is more prevalent and may also be an option for you (giving language lessons, tutor, house/pet sitting, etc). Getting a student visa for continued education is probably another.

      With that said, if you don’t need to work, even better I say! I find myself way more busy without a job than with one. Between voluntarily teaching English in my boys school a couple times a week, being an active parent at the school (parent class delegate, etc), assistant soccer coach/team manager, playing in an adult soccer league, taking language classes, learning new recipes, grocery shopping on a much more frequent basis, hiking/biking on a regular basis, exploring other areas of Spain near (day-trip) or far, planning other vacations, and meeting new people / developing new friendships over long coffee sessions keeps me plenty busy.

      Basically you’ll have time to pickup any of those hobbies that you didn’t previously have time for. Lastly, as part of the visa application, you have to be enrolled in private health insurance.

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