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How Not To Live Abroad

3.36  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
The almond farm in Almeria, Spain, is exactly what twentysomething slackers Shaun Briley and his girlfriend. Helen, have been looking for: A rustic retreat from the pressures of adulthood back in London. Complete ignorance of agriculture, local culture, and the language? Not a problem. The key to success lies in mastering a few simple lessons about the simple life.... 1) ...more
282 pages
Published June 7th 2004 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published 2004)
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Enlightening and Hilarious Misconceptions/Misadventures of a couple who moved from UK to Spain!
I had so much fun reading this book.I love hearing of personal experiences and reading of other cultures,so I thought this would be a great book to read about both combined since it is a book about a young couple who move to a vastly different country.

This book had me laughing out loud so much while at the same time giving great insight to some pitfalls to expect/avoid. The author is genuinely funny,a
Nov 02, 2007 Catherine rated it it was amazing
The author and his girlfriend leave their day-to-day lives for a vacation in Spain, find themselves buying an extremely "rustic" house, and living there for about a year. The house is literally crumbling all around them. No water. No electricity. No indoor toilet, or outhouse, for that matter. Briley's stories are very enjoyable, not only about his trials and tribulations with the house, but also his reflections on the cast of local characters that he becomes acquainted with. I would love to ...more
Jul 18, 2012 Mick rated it liked it
A comical view of expatriates attempt at "the simple life." If you've ever dreamed of dropping out and setting up house abroad this is a how reverse.
Darryl Templer
Aug 31, 2014 Darryl Templer rated it it was amazing
I found myself chuckling and laughing frequently as I followed the exploits of this young couple as they try to live simplistically in a back-to-nature style in a cheap, rustic Spanish 10 acre farm/orchard without electricity and indoor plumbing. An optimistic attitude coupled with lack of experience reveal clashes in philosophy, visions for the future, and work allocation that provide more food for hilarity. We not only get to know the couple but also their neighbors and customs in this valley ...more
Jan 04, 2008 Terrie rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this more than I did...It was definitely really funny in places and certainly different from most "let's buy a farm" books. I think it was just too repetitive and needed better editing.
Apr 06, 2014 Keith rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
The story of the author and his girl friend's decision to purchase a rustic farmhouse in a remote area of southern Spain. Although some of the experiences of their adventure are humorous, there's not much depth to the story or their relationship...and neither last.
Feb 03, 2014 Christiana rated it it was ok
I think I would have liked to also hear the point of view of his girlfriend, because it was tedious after a bit to to read how she blamed him for most everything. Also the inconsistency in his ability to understand and speak the language.

The ending also was rushed.

Feb 09, 2009 Andrea rated it really liked it
This was a great book. I found it fun and witty and a quick read (mainly because I kept wanting to know what new adventure the next chapter would bring). I recommend it to anyone who thinks their life is rough!
Feb 27, 2009 Susie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the beginning of this book. I felt it started to drag towards the end, and I was starting to have other issues with the book at that time, too. But a solid 3 stars for me; 4 stars for parts of the book.
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