I’m moving to Las Palmas in September. Marius encouraged me to tell this process in my blog to make it a little easier for others who want to take a similar step. The idea was born last year and matured during a longer stay in Las Palmas at the beginning of the year. Sure, you know that, you come back from your holidays and think: I’d love to live there – but you never do. And often that’s not a thoughtful idea. I was in Vietnam in March and had set myself the goal of making a decision there with a lot of time and distance. At the beginning of April I decided and immediately started planning. 1.10. or 1.11. was the goal. It became the 24.9.2019.
In the first part of the blog I will tell you what happened until today – sorted by topics. In the second part I will report directly from Palmas.
Today it is about the topic:
Why Las Palmas?
I’m from Cologne, I was born in Marburg, but I’ve been living here since 1996: Then you are a Cologne citizen. I love and live the mentality here, one is friendly and nice, but also direct. We Cologne people like to live and even have our own term for it: “La Kölsche Vita”, alluding to the fact that our city was built over 2,000 years ago as a Roman colony. We even have a beach, and meanwhile I even like the band BAP, since I understand what they sing.
Cologneers rarely leave the city. Moving to Berlin doesn’t have a good reputation here, and I couldn’t imagine living in a German city other than Cologne. But moving abroad is a dream many people dream of, and so do I, when I’ve worked abroad in recent years. So why Las Palmas?
Las Palmas is a big city, the capital in the north of Gran Canaria, the main island of the seven Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean. The other islands are Tenerife, Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera. Las Palmas is home to 380,000 people, almost half of the island’s population. Las Palmas has the second largest city beach after Rio, one of the largest ports of the Atlantic and the best climate in the world, according to an American study from 1996. Whether this is still true or not, I don’t know, but it is never too cold and never too hot or humid. In the city you can live well, the city is authentic and not too touristy (at least not more touristy than Cologne). The tourists cavort in the south.
I tell this because most people in my environment have translated the info “Dirk moves to Las Palmas” into “Dirk has bought a finca on Mallorca” 😉
Moving rather than emigrating
Many will also have emigrant TV shows in mind. But moving to Las Palmas is actually quite easy and more a move than an emigration, as long as you are independent: Las Palmas is Spain and therefore EU. The roaming rules for mobile phones apply, the EC card works, credit cards anyway and the bureaucratic effort is kept within limits. Apartments there are usually rented furnished and are not difficult to get, which simplifies many things. There are some coworking spaces. All this leads to many people from all over the world coming together. I will report about the first steps in the next blog post.