Roxanne is a Aussie girl living in beautiful Seville. Collin and I visited Seville for the first time last year. I personally fell in love with this city. The architecture, history and tiles throughout the buildings are truly breathtaking. Seville is a lively, charming and popular city in Spain that you HAVE to visit once in your life…and you can’t miss Plaza de España which is my personal favourite. Go ahead and read Roxanne’s story and don’t miss her recommendations for next time you visit Seville.
1. Tell us about yourself…
I’m Roxanne. I’m an Aussie girl living in Sevilla, Spain. I’ve been living in Spain for almost a year and half. I could not have picked a better city to live in, Sevilla is just magical. Some of the things I love to do include travel (of course) photography and eating anything delicious!!
2. What do you do for a living? What did you use to do back home?
Back in Australia I worked in a office for a bread distributor. Now in Spain I’ve been working in a high school as an English assistant and teaching private classes.
3. Something you wish you knew before moving abroad? and how not knowing this has affected you?
The one thing I wish I knew before moving to Spain was more of the Spanish language. The first couple of months here were a bit of a struggle especially communication wise. The accent in Andalucía can at time be quite difficult to understand so it definitely hard to get the hang of everything .
4. What has been your best outcome regarding your move?
One of the best outcomes from my solo move abroad has that I have really come into my independence. I’ve always been a pretty independent person, but this move I’ve really proven to myself that I’m really capable of anything!
5. If we visit your current country what is the one thing we have to do or eat?
I could write a 10 page word doc on all the recommendations I could give you! For Sevilla some delicious food to try would be solomillo al whisky, salmorejo and any tapas you can get your hands on. Sevilla is known for being the filming location for tv series and movies…and rightly so. You can see the gothic cathedral, the alcazar palace, Plaza de España and explore the old town.
6. How are locals where you currently live? Is it easy to make friends?
Sevilla has a very social atmosphere. The mild climate here means that we have a lot of great weather, so you will see everyone outside enjoying themselves. Everyone is so friendly and warm, it makes it very easy to pick up a conversation.
7. If you had the opportunity again to decide, would you still choose to move to Spain?
I would 100% move to Spain. I’d love to live in another part of the country to experience another facet of the Spanish culture. I previously lived in San Sebastián…and I loved it there as well. I think Mallorca or Galicia would a interesting places to live, I love beaches and the ocean so to experience those parts of Spain would be so fun.
8. What’s your best advice for people considering moving abroad?
My biggest piece of advice would be to do your research. Read blogs and articles, watch vlogs about the place you are moving to. All of these things will help you but there will still be a huge learning curve. Also know that there are definitely going to be cultural differences, so don’t fight them…embrace them.