So here I am 4 weeks into my new life in Gran Canaria. I have been so “busy” relaxing, taking in my surroundings, dancing, making new friends, dancing and finding my way round, that I have not once, sat at my computer to write and tell you about it. Mainly because every time I think about it, I just don’t know where to start as there is so much that I actually want to say. So I have decided to start finding the time in my daily routine to write, possibly often some quick short blogs to keep you updated. For my friends on Facebook you will have seen some snippets on there already.
Today I wanted to share with you, the most unusual and unexpectedly, emotional event that happened to me this weekend.
I have learnt that I can stay in Gran Canaria for 3 months as a tourist, basically on holiday, but if I want to stay longer, rent or buy a property, or work there I need to have a Spanish NIE number.
What is an NIE number?
NIE Spain is translated as the Foreigner’s Identification Number (or Número de Identificación de Extranjero, NIE number).
The NIE number is the legal number assigned by the Spanish National Police to foreign people who don’t have Spanish citizenship, so that you can carry out legal activities in Spain, such as the ones mentioned below.
The actual format of the NIE number certificate is a A4 white sheet which contains your name, surname, date of birth, city and country of birth, and the unique NIE number, of course.
I have to admit that whilst I have thought this through in great detail now that I am starting to get things moving the reality and excitement has kicked in.
Today I handed in my notice at work, and am now currently working my three months notice. Considering I have always worked since I was 16 apart from two short spells off for maternity leave, handing your notice in for a job when you have no job to go to is pretty scary.
But that deed is now done, now all I want to do is ensure that I leave work as up to date as I possibly can and await the day that I can handover my daily tasks to my new replacement. Only a few close friends at work know at the moment as the boss wanted time to plan before announcing it to the rest of the team.
Step one complete
So you may be asking yourself what is this grand plan and big adventure and why is it scary or exciting. Well I will set the scene and introduce myself a little first if I may and then I will tell you.