Originally Posted by impolyt_one
same question, but how long can I realistically stay without a visa, and can I rent an apartment, etc? American passport.
With an American passport? It's definitely possible. I have a buddy who did that. He had a job in Spain that paid cash, so no work visa, and lived there for a while.
It all depends on what you're looking for. If you want a serious job, then probably not. If you just want to kinda kick it and not just kind of kill time, then yeah, you can. For what it's worth my friend's progression was this: English teacher at a school (visa), private tutor for some rich family's kid (doubt he had a visa), working at a restaurant in some Mediterranean seaside town (cash, no visa). In all he spent several years there with teaching being a relatively small percentage of the overall time.
With TOJ and whatever else you have in the works now though, I'm guessing your priorities are different than his were at the time.
I'm sure pretty much anything is possible though, so what it will probably come down to is how willing you are to bend/break the rules.