The best 5 songs that describe our British Adventure

June is a great month for us, summer is getting closer, holidays back home are getting closer and we mark our anniversary of this British Adventure. So this time we’ve thought we will share with you the best 5 songs that have helped us cope with the challenges of immigrating and settling in UK. Those songs that had a positive effect on all of us. Here we go:

#1 Impossible, James Arthur’s version

Ok, we know now this is a love song of a break-up story BUT on our first year, 2013, right before coming it became quite popular in Spain and for us hearing the word IMPOSSIBLE meant that we were turning the tide against all the challenges of leaving our home and adventuring ourselves to a new country. For us, it seemed “impossible” but we made it!

#2 Do you hear the people sing? from Les Miserables

You can see, we are quite dramatic in this family, LOL, but in a time when we were facing my husband’s unemployment in UK due to sorting out his residence status, THIS was the right song for us. Was England playing the role of “France” and we were raising against the injustice? Maybe, we felt like fighters anyway, and at the end, we overcame that rock as well.

#3 Don’t worry from Madcon feat Ray Dalton

Aha! we like to party (party-parents) of course, we don’t go wild anymore! haha but we heard this song on our first Summer holidays in Barcelona, and yep…we definitely felt like we didn’t need to worry about a thing! Beach, sun cream, family, friends…and “party” all day 😀 The pleasures of coming back home.

#4 Hace calor from Estilo Libre (It’s getting hot!)

No worries, nothing dodgy in the video! just another Summer hit we heard in Barcelona. This song though, we like to sing it here in Manchester every time it gets really cold, hailing, snowing or raining… we turn on the car and listen to this song! The irony of it helps us go through the bad weather and have a laugh about it. See, reverse psychology 😉

#5 Wrecking ball from Miley Cyrus

No need to show you Miley half-naked so this video will just work fine. Why do we like this song? Well, you can laugh about it, but I gave birth with this song! haha, seriosly, I was feeling like a “wrecking ball” about to “wreck” so in the hardest time Miley was there LOL

In my family, J and I are music lovers, while Sam doesn’t bother that much, unless for Les Miserables (he can be hours listening to the Soundtrack) but I think and feel that music has the power to bring you back to a place, to a memory, to somebody. It helps you ease the toughest challenges, it can uplift you when you’re feeling down or make you have a great time. These are not the only ones that have marked this adventure but just a few. I know we’re still building our own “soundtrack” so who knows which ones will come in the future…

What about you? What are those songs that had an impact on your life?

 

 

The 5 most useful websites before coming to the UK

So here we are again, and for this week… what about an “Informative post”? Let us share with you which have been, in our humble opinion, the five most useful websites for our preparation before coming to the UK.

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And the winners are:

1. Diario de un londinense  (for Spanish speaking people)

This is a blog that gives you all sorts of tips and information about your trip to the UK, but specially to London. It talks about from “How to get the NIN number” to where to look for cheap accommodation, or even money transfers. We really liked it because the author writes in a very friendly way and even comments from other people are usually very helpful. (not like the http://www.spaniards.es/foros … that’s like a bad morning in the traffic jam, almost everyone seem to be stressed and are not too polite with each other… :S…) anyway…

2. Easyroomate/ Rightmove

The first one helps you to find a flat to share with other people. It’s very good if you are coming on your own, because you can contact the person directly and negotiate all the details, for a family it gets a bit more complicated. So Rightmove is a better option to find a flat or a house. The only issue with this one is that you will have to deal with agencies instead of private landlords (most of the time)…but it is useful to get to know more about the areas and rental prices…

3. Universal Jobmatch

We were hesitating about this one, but…it is helpful in the sense that it gives you the opportunity to have an overlook of the job searching market in the UK, and since it’s managed by the British Government you have trustworthy information, as far as we know…¬¬’

4. Easyjet

Ok…this is not paid-advertising, but it is true that we are quite happy with easyjet. Even being a low cost airline it offers you a quality service and…hold on…final price in the ticket from the very beginning! Nothing about finding a very cheap flight for 30 pounds, getting all excited and after you fill out all the details realising that you have to pay almost a hundred pounds! No, thank you!

5. Gumtree

And for last but not least… the king of kings! the one-for-all classifieds site! Here you can find from a flat to even a second hand bike! It also has job offers and basically…everything that can be sold or advertised… So! that also means you have to be very careful as well, in order to get reliable information. We actually got to rent the place where we at now through this website! 🙂

We hope you can find them useful! and if you know any more please share them with us! cuz we’re still actually quite new in the city! 🙂