From the U.K to a Home in Spain

For this Spain-to-Britain-to-Spain immigrant, Galicia is just right! 

This post was written by Rosa R

A Costa da Morte is on the Western most coast of Spain in the autonomous region of Galicia. It is wild, rugged and windswept, but also beautiful, magical and where I choose to call home. 
 
I was born here in Galicia but moved to the UK at 5 years of age to join my parents who had emigrated* 3 years prior.  
 
So, I grew up in England and culturally I am British. I know British history, love the British sense of humour, fish and chips, the sense of fairness, the wonderful diversity of the town where I grew up and the quintessential Englishness of British period dramas! However, as Dorothy says “there’s no place like home” and Galicia is the place where my heart belongs. For me it’s the Goldilocks zone. Not too hot, not too cold, not too dry, not too wet (it is actually very wet at times… But as I said, I grew up in the UK, so, you know, relatively speaking…).  

“There is a word in Galician ‘morriña’, loosely translated it means ‘homesickness'”

There is a word in Galician ‘morriña’, loosely translated it means ‘homesickness’ and although I never felt a desperate longing to return to Galicia as I was growing up (nor as I was raising my own family in the UK), I did always feel a connection to the land where I was born, a pulling of the heart strings when I returned and had to leave again.  

Home is where the heart is

But, my life, my family, my education, and my youth were all in England, and I never really imagined I would ever actually end up living back here in Galicia. I mentioned it as an option when we were considering moving from the city to somewhere more rural in the UK. Our initial idea had been to move to somewhere in Cornwall. I expected my husband to veto the idea, instead, he embraced it. He too loves the wild unspoiled beauty of Galicia and ran with the potential of it, much farther than I did! 
 
So, here we are 4 years later in a tiny rural village (11 houses, 10 residents!) in the council area of Muxia, a 20-minute walk from the nearest beach, a 35-minute walk from the town of Muxia, surrounded by the sights and sounds of nature. 
 
Home. 

*Emigration from Galicia is commonplace. Currently around 20% of Gallegos (people born in Galicia or their descendants with Spanish nationality and citizenship of in this autonomous region of Spain) live in other parts of the world. However, this is perhaps a topic for a future blog.

EZ World Academy Making a Home in Spain
EZ World Academy Making a Home in Spain

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