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Solo Living and Dating for Expats in Spain

Author: Jason Zhou
Submitted: July 2013

Solo-living  

There is a general view that Spaniards don’t want to be alone. People like to stay with their parents until they find their loved one and move out. It is quite common to see family members of three or more generations living together in the same house. Parents go out to work. Grandparents help with house work and take care of the children. Parents travel back home to join their family members in the middle of the day to have their lunch and then go back to work. Dinner is another gathering time for family members. There are also strong relationships between co-workers. Here is a good article talking about an expatriate living in Spain. https://english.varsavskyfoundation.org/general/if-you-don%E2%80%99t-like-being-alone%E2%80%A6move-to-spain.html

However, you may like to spend more time alone or solo living might be the only choice you can have.  For example, if you move to Spain, it may not be applicable to have family go with you.  Solo living is not difficult as you can easily establish contacts through your work or your daily life.

  

Dating

If you are single, you may find moving to Spain can put you in a lonely situation. Therefore, finding yourself a loved one is a good way to bring you out of this lonely life. You may find your loved one in a Spanish language class or in the clubs or bars. However, you may like to  try through dating websites.  

Using these dating websites will be relatively easy if you can speak Spanish. If not, you may find it’s difficult to communicate with others. Alternatively you  could find websites either in English or in a language you feel more comfortable with. .  Similarly you may find others speaking the same language as yourself. 

There are well known dating websites being recommended online. Some of them are listed below:

To access a particular dating website you need to register yourself and create your profile. This normally involves submitting your personal information and a picture of yourself.  Make sure you trust the website before you  enter personal information online.  On some sites you may need to pay fees to use them   but there are other dating websites offering free services such as https://spaindating.expatica.com/. Although it’s hard to judge which websites  are safer and better there is a general view that paid dating websites provide better services than free ones. You can pay a membership fee for one month, three months, six months or a year. Subscription fees differ between each websiteand sometimes you may get the first month  free or be offered other deals.  

These websites normally have millions of members. Therefore you may find it easier to find your loved one by setting up specific criteria. You should bear in mind that sometimes it’s too good to be true, to avoid this you should try to research the person you are going on a date with. Any unusual details before or during the date may alert you to take further investigation. For example the online dating scam is a popular way for fraudsters to lure you into giving money to them. If you suspect you are in such situation you should stop contacting and paying any money to the person. You also need to contact the website management team to alert them. Meanwhile, you can report them to the police (Cuerpo Nacional de Policía, CNP). The procedure can be found here: https://www.easylifespain.com/2011/guide-to-reporting-a-crime-in-spain/.  It is also possible to report the scam to the police through their website: https://www.policia.es/formulario_generico.php?ordenes=52.

 

 



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