Five years ago, John and I started talking about retiring overseas. You know what it’s like: the
newspapers are full of horror stories illustrating how the country is going downhill; we have a
typically British rain-sodden summer; prices are rising all the time; there is a tube strike so the
dreadful journey to work gets even worse – it’s time to get out of here! I’m sure that strikes a chord
with many people, but in our case it wasn’t just talk, as we made the decision to buy what seemed
to be our dream home in Santa Ana del Monte, just outside the Spanish town of Jumilla, which is
famous for its wine. John and I thought that the best aspect of living in Jumilla would be the wine,
or perhaps the sunshine, or the relaxed way of life, however we quickly discovered that it is the
people. Jumillanos are friendly and welcoming, and although we have only been living here a few
months, whenever we walk around the town somebody recognises us and says “Hola”, “Buenos días”
or even (especially the children) “Hello”.
Retiring The Olé Way is the intimate, honest and inspiring story of Sue and John Walker’s move from the hustle-and-bustle of London to their new home in rural Southern Spain. It makes entertaining and informative reading for anyone wishing to enjoy an active retirement in the sun.