Author: Chris Marshall

Chris Marshall
Chris Marshall
Chris has lived and worked in the UK, USA and Spain before settling down in Almerimar, Spain in 2003, where he spends his time time running Almerimar Life, writing on a freelance basis for a number of papers and clients blogs, broadcasting regularly on a number of radio stations and along Sands running ALStrays - a cat re-homing and transport project he set up with his wife, which also transports dogs to the UK and throughout Europe

Chris Marshall's Articles

Beat Expat Boredom: Foster a Stray

Friday, April 12th, 2013

Beat Expat Boredom: Foster a Stray Years ago when my wife (Sandra) started her Cat re-homing project here in Spain (www.alstrays.com) we were amazed at how many people were willing to foster a stray cat or dog until it could be re-homed. In hindsight this wasn’t too much of a surprise. Many expats split their […]

An Expat Embracing an Old Friend

Thursday, April 11th, 2013

An Expat Embracing an Old Friend No matter how long you’ve been living in a foreign land, there are times when you get pangs of home sickness, moments where you long for a connection to home. I’ve recently re-forged a particularly comforting connection to the UK – listening to British radio. I started listening to the radio […]

Expat: Permanent or Temporary State?

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

If you’ve read some of my recent guest posts for the Expat Hub you might be thinking that I’m unhappy with my so called ‘expat lifestyle’. While I would understand if you’d gotten that impression, in reality nothing is further from the truth. I love my life, and I love living in Spain – I […]

Are Expat Grandparents Selfish?

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Are Expat Grandparents Selfish? Anyone living in Spain for any length of time will surely have noticed how strong the family unit remains in the nation. Greed and corruption may have left the country morally and financially bankrupt, prostituted to the EU for development funds and bailouts and under the control of Brussels, but the […]

Expat Groundhog Day

Thursday, March 7th, 2013

Expat Groundhog Day In the 1993 movie Groundhog Day Bill Murray plays the part of a reluctant weather man who is sent to cover a story about Punxsutawney’s annual Groundhog Day celebrations. Facing the fourth year on the same story he is somewhat frustrated, so when he wakes up one morning to find himself stuck […]

Retiring Abroad: A Bad Idea?

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Retiring Abroad: A Bad Idea? I’m starting to wonder whether we Brits have got this retiring abroad lark wrong. It seems to me that we are one of the few nations that go and live abroad full time when we retire. Sure, a lot of other nations include living abroad as part of their retirement […]

Beware Expat Friendships

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Beware Expat Friendships In this guest post Chris Marshal explains why he thinks you should take your time when it comes to forming expat friendships…. I received an email recently from an old friend who I haven’t seen or heard from for the best part of 25 years. He moved to Hong Kong in 1989 […]

Transporting pets adopted in Spain to the UK – (part one)

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Transporting pets adopted in Spain to the UK – (part one) For many an expat, living in Spain is difficult. In some cases they find themselves stuck in a country with a high unemployment rate, trapped by negative equity and a poor exchange rate. All across Spain expat pensioners are struggling to make ends meet […]

Should expats buy properties abroad?

Tuesday, February 5th, 2013

Should expats buy properties abroad? I have been living this so called ‘Expat Lifestyle’ for many years now and I still haven’t figured out what it is that makes otherwise normal, rational people insist on purchasing a property abroad when they would be much better off renting. The advice my father gave me regarding home […]

Expat Rental Guide: Part Four

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Expat Rental Guide: Part Four Now, you can have the best property and the best marketing strategy in the world but if you can’t manage bookings professionally, quickly and with due care and attention your enterprise won’t be successful! Remember, the booking process starts with the enquiry so ensure you respond quickly to all enquiries. […]