We are Andrew Watson and Ian Rutter. We moved to Andalucia in October 2016 having lived and worked for many years in London. The daily relentless grind of city life was taking its toll. Life/work balance was not in a good place and we decided to move to Spain for a better quality of life.
We are both creative. Andrew is a Graphic designer who has been designing award-winning children’s books for over 15 years and continues to do so in a freelance capacity from Spain. Originally he trained as a textile designer and is starting his own surface and textile design business which is inspired by the flora and fauna across Andalucia. You can see his designs and visit the online shop at www.andrewwatsondesigns.com
Ian is a radio presenter and produces two programmes: Classical on The Wireless, in the UK, and Life Stories for Talk Radio Europe in Spain. He trained as an Architect and has had a varied career including over 10 years as creative director and managing director of two marketing agencies. In Spain, he also paints, teaches English, and is a successful voice over artist with clients across Europe. You can find out more on his website www.ianruttervoiceover.com
Our aim initially was to document our move from London and our first year in Spain. We didn’t know how long we would stay in Spain but it became clear right from the outset that this was a place where we wanted to remain and explore for quite some time.
Having taken the plunge and become residents we have faced many of the challenges that moving to a new country presents, and we have tried, through this blog, to share the many thrills, frustrations, joys and problems that we have experienced. In doing so, we hope to help others who are thinking of making the same move.
We love exploring, discovering hidden spots, immersing ourselves in traditions and cultures, and try to capture every moment through photography and the written word in order to give the best possible insights into this beautiful country.
If you are thinking of visiting Andalucia and would like our recommendations for places to visit, restaurants to try, walks to take, then we would love to hear from you and help if we can. Also if you are thinking of making the move yourself we would be happy to impart helpful tips that will make your move easier. Or maybe you have suggestions for us?!
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