Always looking on the bright side of life, meet Simone van Der Heide. Simone has recently moved to Altea and fallen in love with the local vibe. Read her story.
I already visited Spain with my parents when i was little. I already liked it then. When I was in my twenties I saw several parts of Spain and it always felt like home. A few years ago I had the plan to move to Valencia but because of some life changing event I decided to wait a bit. And now last year I decided to take the jump and move.
I first started at the Costa Calida but when I visited Altea I knew that’s the place. So now a few weeks since I am here, in Altea, exploring and trying to get my business running.
And where are you now?
I am in Altea because for me it has a special vibe – a bit bohemian and spiritual. I am in Altea la Vella which is very small and surrounded by mountains and sea.
I need to do some more exploring but I love it already.
What was the biggest challenge for your move?
Well I am in the middle of my citizenship, and filling for autónomo. So bureaucracy is not really my thing and here in Spain they take it to the next level. But I am getting there.
Do you have any advice for Women thinking about making the move?
Just do it.
How do you spend your days?
Since 20 years I am keeping myself busy with natural health, coaching and develeping health food.
I recently made an online sleep course for people having poor sleep. And I am at the moment looking for venues to give meditation classes and cooking worshops. And organising health retreats with a friend.
Then I love being in nature and hiking and am fan of salsa dancing. Recently I got an adorable puppy which is great but can be challenging at times.
Something you are grateful for?
I am grateful to live in a place where I can see the sunrise out at sea. For my health and families health and lots of small things.
Who would be at your special dinner party?
I would just invite some very close friends, people who I love and respect.
What’s your secret accomplishment?
I developed a product line of organic food from scratch. I am a good organiser and love to invent new things.
Do you have a favourite quote?
Always look on the bright side of life
One thing you had to bring to Spain and could never give away?
Do you have a favourite book?
The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (La sombra del viento) it has aspects in it that I enjoyed
Something you would tell your younger self?
Be more open