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Retiring to SpainWomen's narratives of nostalgia, belonging and community$
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Anya Ahmed

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447313304

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447313304.001.0001

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Living in Spain

Living in Spain

‘idyllisation’ and realisation

(p.87) Six Living in Spain
Retiring to Spain

Anya Ahmed

Policy Press

In this chapter the focus on place continues but the context shifts to Spain. This chapter offers further exploration of how women experience and construct belonging and non-belonging and the complex relationships they have with place, highlighting that it can be imagined, pragmatic and contingent on experiences and intentions. Translocated across space, women construct their Mediterranean Idyll in Spain, imbuing it with nostalgia through pre and post migration imaginings of moving to the seaside. Different experiences of living in Spain begin to emerge and focusing on the women’s narratives, illuminates how they manage – or not- to overcome certain obstacles once in Spain, and how some manage heterolocal lives. In this way unique insight to how they differently experience living in Spain in their in retirement is provided. Some women are happy to stay in Spain, others wish to leave and return to the UK, while some happily live in both the UK and Spain.

Keywords:   spain, belonging/non-belonging, migration trajectories, overcoming obstacles

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