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
Most recently since our family’s relocation from America to Spain, the Fall season also represents a slight tinge of…homesickness. When I long for apple cider, candy corns, roasting marshmallows and the crackle of that first firepit of the season I think of our old life in New Jersey. Crisp Autumn winds, smells of outdoor fire Read More
If you’ve ever met me personally, if we’re friends on social media – HELL, if you’ve ever strolled past our home in New Jersey during the month of October, you know ONE thing. We friekin’ LOVE Halloween!!! Not because I’m some thrill-seeker or horror junkie. Actually, I’m frightened stiff of scary movies and spend more Read More
Life abroad really does give you an entirely new perspective into the world – especially European life being more liberal in nature than American life – which at times can seem overrun with rules, red tape and regulation! When we made the decision to move to Barcelona with our young children, we dreamed about the 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.