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Hey guys,

I lived in Latin America for 3-4 years, I have since been living in Canada 8 months of the year and Central America for 4 months of the year.

This year, I want to go to Spain. Watch some real Flamenco, and change it up from Latin America.

I'm looking for any guidance. I was thinking somewhere in Andalucia but I am unsure what I can expect in terms of costs.

Some people I have talked to say Spain is quite cheap, but hard to say. Anyone have any experience living in or around Seville?
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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

Seville is probably the most expensive option of all of Andalucia.
If you're willing to share an appartment, rent isn't too bad but if you want to live alone it can start to get a little pricey.
And of course it's cheaper to live outside the city.
If you live in a smaller town or in Granada, you can survive by just buying beer and eating the free tapas that come with it.
Forget about getting anything free in Sevilla though. Still a great city, and lots of good flamenco.
When I lived in Granada, I'd say I spent something like 600 euros per month for rent+related (own appartment + gas and electricity and that sort of stuff) and food. You could bring that down substantially by sharing an appartment.
And then the rest really depends on lifestyle. It's always hard to say though. I thought I had a nice appartment for what I was paying. Some would think I was rich living the good life, and others would think I was dirt poor living in a shack.

edit: I should add that given the amount of students who go down there to study flamenco, sharing an appartment could be a really good deal unless you're a recluse like me. Cheaper and people to practice with.

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

I love Sevilla but from what I could tell it was only marginally cheaper than Los Angeles, so no way, not cheap at all, but a great city.
Yeah I'd try a smaller town, Jerez seems pretty cheap and you're sure to find some flamenco.

Here you go:
https://www.expatistan.com/cost-of-living/seville

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

Thanks guys, exactly what I was looking for.

I only plan to be there for a little bit, so not sure if I will be able to rent an apartment.
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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

You should be able to find short-term rentals. Offers on the street are almost always cheaper than what you find on the internet so you could always book a room for a week and use that week to find something else.

@Lenador
There's one problem with the list. "Bread for 2 people for 1 day". It should say "sucky bread for 2 people for 1 day". (yeah I know. This again. Sorry couldn't help it! )

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

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@Lenador
There's one problem with the list. "Bread for 2 people for 1 day". It should say "sucky bread for 2 people for 1 day". (yeah I know. This again. Sorry couldn't help it! )

Haha they made another mistake, "1 beer at a pub" should say "1 cup of yellow colored water" haha

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  REPORT THIS POST AS INAPPROPRIATE |  Date Feb. 26 2017 19:09:46
 
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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

I hope the beer is better than in Central America.

The beer is a mild step above water, especially compared to what I'm used to in Canada.
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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

Prepare to be underwhelmed.
If I'm completely honest though, I've been known to enjoy a clara every now and again during the summer months.
Something about the squelching heat makes a glass of p**s water pretty enjoyable.

The big brand in Andalucia, Cruz Campo, is very weak. Other brands like Mahou or Alhambra have some stronger beers, though still rather weak IMO.

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

Even Guinness has a special formula for Spain, it was obviously lighter tasting,
Yeah, when I was wandering around Sevilla mid August lost looking for my hostel with all my luggage and guitar that ice cold Cruz campo hit the spot!

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

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I hope the beer is better than in Central America.


You might try an imported beer, assuming the imported variety is not geared to the Spanish taste for weak beer. For example, with Spain's historic connection to the Philippines, it would not surprise me to see the Philippine beer San Miguel available. San Miguel in the Philippines, while not a strong beer, is decent enough. But again, it would have to be unadulterated. Good luck.

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to BarkellWH

Best beer on a hot evenings is a frosted tubo of Alhambra. Decent flamenco was not that easy to stumble across in Granada 10 years ago and I suspect it is even harder now. Personally, I would budget around 1200 Euros a month all in, for a decent time but I have marginally more expensive tastes in accommodation, beer, cigarettes and food.

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to Escribano

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but I have marginally more expensive tastes in accommodation, beer, cigarettes and food

I should've specified that the food portion in my budget was just "eating at home" money. Eating out and drinking definitely upped my budget a few hundred euros. If I include everything I was doing, including mischief, I was probably somewhere around the figure you cited. Spent a lot on gas to get to the trail heads the sierra. Got a few multas for driving through the north end of Recogidos and then Gran via (which is closed to trafic except cabs and buses but is pretty difficult to avoid unless you really know your way around the city) and another for busking at the wrong time in the wrong place.

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

I think maybe the best beer is from Belgium. Germany gives it a run for its money. Spain is all about wine and sherry, especially the riojas (IMO) which are some of the best wines for the price
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Spain is all about wine and sherry

But most Andalucians drink more beer than wine

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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to edguerin

Do they have any craft beer culture in Andalucia?
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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to methionine

There wasn't last time I was here but there appears to be now a bit. Jerez has a micro brewery and this place. My quick walk around Sevilla today saw a couple places advertising stouts and IPA's.



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RE: Living in Spain for a short peri... (in reply to Leñador

Im guessing Alhambra, Cruzcampo and Mahou are the equivalents over there of Bud, Coors and Miller. They have those at the Spanish tapas place I go to every great once in a while , but I just get Corona cause honestly its better.

Looks like they have a lot of great beers from other countries on that menu, but just like anywhere else theyre quite a bit more expensive.
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The craft brewing industry has been growing fast in Spain. As was the case in France, there was a brit behind it all. I forget his name but they usually credit the movement to this one British guy in Barcelona. There are a lot of them in Catalunya, quite a few in Madrid and Basque country. I don't think it's worked nearly as well in Andalucia though. They're doing well in those areas where the hipsters and pijos are, so mostly in the big cities.

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I was shocked that Jerez had TWO places to get decent beer, it's a pretty small city. I may make Sevilla a craft beer tour.

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Chouffe is from the Ardennes in Belgium . Great beer!!
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