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....It all Kinda Started Like This
Where did this blog and story really begin? As so often the case, it started with a dream, a dream of a more relaxed way of life in retirement. It started well before my anticipated retirement age. In fact, it started in about 2005. At that time, I was running a very successful business and had a partner, friend, and all one could want from life.
That said, over time, circumstances change and consequently, so does life. I was betrayed by someone I really trusted and at the same time, in 2008, business took a nose dive and things looked far from rosy. However, life goes on and as I always say, from this point on, our dreams continue and so they did.
I continued with business in the hopes that the economy would improved, but being in a business that can only be called one of extravagant luxury, things improved very little and therefore, became less than economically viable to continue much further into the future. Realising the reality of the situation, I made the decision to sell my home of 27 years and cease trading upon finding a buyer and then, take early retirement. It was a decision I made with the greatest of sadness as I truly loved the business I was in.
The initial dream was to move to Spain, a place not truly my first choice, but one considered as both parents and sister lived there. They each have their own separate villas and both were built off plan and purchased about ten years ago in the Andalusia area, or to be more precise, Zurgena, Almeria. Now, Spain and the thought of Spain sickens me. The reason for this, is that both my parent’s and sister’s properties are considered as illegal builds and constantly under the threat of demolition due to the the hugely corrupt Spanish authorities. And to make matters worse, demolition, at the owners expense. I can never say anything good about Spain these days and have a total distrust for the place as a nation.
In some ways, the building problems of Spain have done me a huge favour, as due to my resentment towards the country, and its officials in particular, I have no desire to reside there, let alone spend money within a corrupt nation. Harsh thoughts and words one may think, but well justified in my view and borne out by the countless news reports on these issues.
Why the Blog
The above tells some, but it fails to say why the blog was started. On the whole, I consider myself to be a private person for the most. Even so, having read so many other blogs in recent years, and in particular, many related to others that have moved to Portugal and other such places, I decided to share my experiences on this new venture in life and basically, tell the story as it unfolds. Perhaps others will both enjoy and learn something from what develops.