Irene: Spain -> UK


Irene left her home country Spain at 23.

Country of origin: Spain

Current Country: UK

Cool, random fact about you: I have this weird habit of always checking where everything I eat or use has been produced or made.

Bucket list item: To throw a massive 80s-themed party that also involves a bouncy castle.


How old were you when you left your home country? Although I moved abroad several times during my studies, I left Spain for good when I was 23.

Why did you leave your home country? I didn’t see myself staying in Spain after finishing my studies and I wanted to spend more time in an English-speaking country to master the language.

What made you choose the country you currently live in? I left Spain to move to Ireland. Then I moved to Latvia and finally decided to move to the UK. The decision to move to the UK was due mainly to this country offering more job opportunities and being closer to Spain.

What do you not like about your current country? The weather (a classic, I know), although I am quite used to it now and I also travel away often.

Are you going to stay in your current country? Why is that? I don’t see myself moving again, at least within the next 5-8 years. I recently bought a house here and I feel quite settled, although I like the idea of living part of the year abroad.

What has your move taught you? All my moves have taught me to appreciate more my country and certain things we take for granted when living in Spain. I also learnt that no country is perfect. All of them have advantages and disadvantages.

What do you miss about your home country? Apart from friends and family, I miss the slower pace of Spanish life and going out without depending on closing hours or public transport. I miss some food as well, although I bring lots of local food from Extremadura to keep me going.

Where is home for you? Oxford, at least for now.

Would you move back? Under which circumstances? Do you want to move back? I don’t plan to move back to Spain forever. I’m a freelance translator and I can work from anywhere I want, which is an advantage. My plan is to stay in the UK, but spend long periods in Spain and travelling abroad.

If you could do your move again, what would you do differently? I don’t think I would move again, at least on a permanent basis. I wouldn’t change anything of my last move. Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here. And I’m happy here.


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