Our first month in Spain

Our arrival, unpacking, and our stay in Port Saplaya.

The image above this blog post almost shows our place to stay in Port Saplaya, our first apartment, which we will use until we have a permanent place to stay.

After we arrived we received the information on how to get the keys, and where the apartment was located. So first we went to get the keys and unlock the apartment. At first glance it was awesome, right next to the beach and a couple of rooms with beds.

After a first inspection on where to put the desk, and where to let Jamie our son sleep, and where we would sleep we set out to get everything we needed for a month from the cars, and get ourselves tired from the work doing so.

After we set down all our stuff we focussed on the first order of business. Getting our NIE, which is a document that identifies a foreigner living in Spain, you need this document for all legal works in Spain as a foreigner. Luckily we found an agent to do this for us, which already made the appointments for us in the first week.

So the first appointment was in Denia, which was for my wife, however we learned that with official things, it depends on which person you have in front of you, if they have a bad mood, you wont get your document, if they are in a good mood, you will. As my wife didn't get her document.

The day after it was time for my appointment, all the way in Benidorm, we tried to get my wife her document there as well, this time, perhaps because it was almost weekend, the officer was willing to give us both our documents.

That was the biggest thing, now the next thing is to find an apartment in which we can stay for a more permanent time.

After about a month searching, we found a place in Paiporta, at some point we also had a second contract in Bennitusser, which we really didn't quite like, but we passed some checks and the place in Paiporta was the better one and we took it.

Jasper van Rijbroek

Jasper van Rijbroek

I'm a PHP and NodeJS developer who was born in Amsterdam, NL but now lives in beautiful Valencia, Spain. I work remotely full-time and enjoy blogging about everything related to this wonderful country. Let me know if you have any questions about Spain - I'd be more than happy to help!

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