This blog, Notes from Spain, was the first piece of a puzzle in an unlikely chain of events that led my wife, Marina, and I to leave our jobs and work full time on our kitchen-table podcasting business, Notes in Spanish, that has been going for over 10 years and has had over 31 million downloads so far.
I’ve written a book telling the whole story, and including absolutely everything we know about running a business online, reducing work hours, and having fun in the meantime!
Check out this video for more details, and order the book from Amazon: see the links below the video…
I have happily signed this change.org petition to allow the roughly 24,000 British people like me who live, work and pay taxes in Spain, the right to double UK-Spanish nationality.
As things stand, the most sensible thing to do now for people in my position in response to Brexit is to take on Spanish nationality, something I am delighted to do as I feel more than half-Spanish after 18 years here, but under current legislation, that means I have to renounce my British nationality to the Spanish authorities at the same time, as they do not allow Brits to have double nationality (they do allow this however to all South American citizens, and a few other countries, so it is quite possible).
To give up my British nationality feels like renouncing a great part of my identity, and allowing double nationality with the UK would solve this serious problem that Brexit has created.
If you are new to Notesfromspain.com, welcome! And please do take a good look around… The forum is great and super-active too.
For those that wonder where I’ve gone, I’m still collecting my thoughts after 8 months of little to no sleep (parenting related!) Now we are sleeping more, energies are still settling. Back soonish or laterish. I hope everyone is well. Ben.