Cat Gaa and Moving to SpainCat, often labelled the “hada madrina of the Americans in Seville” (the fairy godmother) walked the Camino de Santiago about a year ago. She shares with us her walk, her impressions and her reasons for taking the journey. (You can read more about this and see some pictures on her blog

Food also features in this podcast, as Cat loves to try anything and everything, as you can see from her blog series Tapas Thursdays.

Cat also talks about her time teaching in Galicia and in Andalucia, as well as her first impressions of the city of Valladolid.

(During our conversation she mentions “Rajoy” – he’s the Spanish Prime Minister/Presidente del gobierno.)


Moving to Spain book by COMO Consulting

Moving to Spain book by COMO Consulting

Having gained much insight and learnt many lessons during her move and time in Spain, she has now set up COMO consulting, to help Americans move to this country. Together with Hayley Salvo, she has also written an ebook gathering tonnes of advice and information about visiting and living in the country.

“Como” means “how”, by the way.

You can get in touch with Cat through both the Sunshine and Siestas blog (sunshineandsiestas[at] and COMO Consulting.

Here are my thoughts on the book, which I’ve included in the podcast:

Moving to Spain is a beautifully put together book to help American visitors set up shop in the country. It’s been written by Cat Gaa and Hayley Salvo, two Americans who’ve lived in Spain for more than ten years. They have plenty of advice to give you, lots of stories to share and a sense of humour that will lighten up your preparations.

Although the book has been written with an American audience in mind, it provides plenty of advice and insight for anyone thinking of moving to Spain. Advice is really specific and detailed: from the shoe sizes that are available in Spain (“Boys needn’t worry, but girls who wear larger than an EU40 should throw in a few extra pairs because size 41 and up are difficult to find in Spain”) through the toiletries available (“Amass your stash while you’re in the States because Spain lacks in selection when it comes to tiny travel hear.”) to the more serious aspects of settling down abroad, like obtaining a resident’s permit or registering with the local town hall. They’ve even written a chapter on teaching private classes in Spain, in case you’re thinking of doing that.

Each chapter is full of useful vocabulary and a warning, in the form of a “What almost went wrong…” story. Some of their advice goes beyond moving to Spain: “Bottom line: if it sound too good to be true, it is!”

So, if you want some quality, detailed and up to date information from two ladies who’ve been there, done that and have now set up a consultancy to help others make the move, check out this book where you’ll find information on Paperwork, Looking for a Place to Live, Selecting a Mobile Phone and Internet Provider, Banking, Health Care, the Spanish School System and of course, Spanish Culture.

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