Moving from survival mode to sunshine mode, Costa Women meet Penelope Russak.  Penelope believes we should make our own kind of music (even if nobody else sings along). Read her story.

Why Spain?

I am from Estonia, where the winters are very cold, dark and long. I found myself on survival mode half of the year, because I just need sun and light. So this is why Spain and Costa del Sol – Sunshine!

And where are you now?

I moved to Benalmadena and I love it here! It’s a very international community, so as a foreigner you won’t feel strange. It is a small town, but has all the services you need. And it is close to Malaga, so if you want to go to the big city, it takes you 15 minutes.

What was the biggest challenge for your move?

I have 4 daughters, so the children’s education was the biggest concern. Fortunately, we got everything working.

Do you have any advice for Women thinking about making the move?

Just do it! Just don’t burn all the bridges so you can go back home if life in Spain isn’t quite what you dreamed of.

And you capture the moments 

Yes, I’m a portrait photographer, and the romantic towns with white streets and the beautiful nature of Spain are very inspiring for me. I try to find new clients and contacts and to create as much as possible.

Something you are grateful for?

The move itself was a big step that we planned for a long time, so now I am very proud and happy that we finally did it!

Who would be at your special dinner party?

I miss my family and friends who are in Estonia, so a perfect dinner party would be with them.

What’s your secret weapon?

 Creativity and flexibility.

Do you have a favourite quote?

Make your own kind of music even if nobody else sings along.

One thing you had to bring to Spain and could never give away?

Photo equipment. My camera is like a part of my hand.

Do you have a favourite book?

I love the fantasy genre because it adds a bit of magic to the everyday life.

Something you would tell your younger self?

Get over your fears because the prize is worth it.

Thank you Penelope Russak where can we find out more?

My website: I’m on Facebook too

And instagram


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