No amount of research can truly prepare you or your kids to move abroad. To leave everything behind that is familiar and comfortable to start anew. No matter what, the experience will bring about tons of different emotions for each member of your family. So how do parents prepare their children as best as possible Read More
This is one of those times when social media amazes me! When a world like Instagram has connected me to amazing people I’ve never met with inspiring stories – like Little Miss Expat. At only 17 years young and with the wisdom of a seasoned expat, you can imagine how excited I was to hear Read More
I was so excited when @LittleMissExpat (awesome teen blogger, current expat kid!! Love these millennials!) reached out about writing a piece for her blog! Her project titled “The Expat Features” tells real stories of people who have taken the road less traveled and moved abroad for a life unknown. Here’s our family story along with Read More
Truth be told, we didn’t mean to visit the Kunthisories Art History Museum with our kids during a recent trip to Vienna. It just sort of happened! In an effort to include something child-friendly into our trip (since the city isn’t as toddler focused as Barcelona!), we meant to purchase tickets for the Museum of Read More
Remember that adorable Christmas movie The Holiday staring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Two single gals in opposite sides of the globe looking to escape everyday life – so they decide to do a house “switch”! The cute Rom-Com was my first intro to the idea of house sharing…and it fascinated me! Abandoning the complimentary Read More
(3 minute read) It’s inevitable that choosing to uproot your life and move abroad to another country will forever change you. In some ways, such as language development and cultural appreciation, for the better. In other ways, such as gaining some extra pounds indulging in the local cuisine, for the less. But after almost two Read More
It’s been fun writing for the blog week after week and documenting our experiences as an expat family. I hope to look back someday on this exciting chapter and remember the journey all over again. If living abroad has taught me one thing, it’s that living abroad isn’t so…uncommon! I used to think it was Read More
We sure thought we had it all figured out. Surely our diligent internet research had us prepared us about the new city we would be relocating to! In some cases, yes. But after our first few months in Barcelona we figured out some realities. For those that wonder what is fact or fiction, keep reading… Read More
Inhale. Annnnnnd exhale. Did anyone else breathe an enormous sigh of relief now that the holidays are OVER? Don’t get me wrong, I love the preparations and hate how fast it all ends! It’s a mix of emotions that the most anticipated time of year with the parties, the presents, the traditions and the cheer Read More
After two years of tackling our favorite holiday here in Spain, Halloween, we’ve really got it figured out. (See previous article http://theexpatchronicle.net/2018/11/04/blending-traditions-part-1-halloween/ ) It’s a day that seems to be embraced all over the globe! But what in the world does an American do for Thanksgiving here?! The food, the football, the family. All a Read More
I’m Lauren. Welcome and thanks for following our journey. I’m a wife of ten years, a mother to three, lover of interior design and restyling furniture – and most recently, an American expat living abroad.
From the hectic to the hilarious, I share our experiences as an American family from Jersey adjusting to our new European life and just trying to fit in like locals! Read Our Story.