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There’s no one-size-fits-all rule for settling into expat life in a new country, but here are a few helpful articles and personal stories that may help make your move a little easier. 

Book review: Happy as a Partridge, Life and Love in Madrid

Kate Boyle's debut novel, Happy as a Partridge, gives readers an enchanting take on living as an expat in Madrid. A must-read for any prospective expats looking for an insider's perspective on life in Spain's vibrant capital city. Read our review

Buying property in Spain: risks and rewards

For many aspiring expats and immigrants, buying a property in Spain represents a dream that will provide them with either the perfect holiday home or a new life in a country justifiably famous for its superb quality of life. If you're buying a property in Madrid, it may be altogether different from the typical process of house buying in Spain - read these top 10 tips to buying a house in Madrid

Spain: things to know before you go

Thinking about studying in Spain? Read this expat student's advice to prepare yourself for a temporary move to Sevilla.

Book review: From Barcelona, Stories Behind the City

If there's anyone who knows that guidebooks can only tell you so much about a city, its globetrotting author Jeremy Holland. Born in California but with an upbringing in Saudi Arabia, this is a fascinating collection of narratives that, although fictional, nevertheless pay homage to the unique sights, smells and sounds of a place. Read the review.

Getting your documents in order in Spain

All you need to know about getting an empadronamiento in Spain, as well as the steps in applying for número de identificación de extranjeros (a foreigner’s identification number).

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