(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
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
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
We’re at the heart of summer here in Barcelona which means twelve straight days of literally NO rain, city-chic farmers tans and bottomless pitchers of fruity sangria. It also equals sizzling Spanish streets, sleeping with fans blaring and endless hours swimming however possible (open sea, public pool, cool bathtub – whatever it takes!). And due to the Read More
The first time Tony and I visited Europe was to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary. We took a twelve-night Princess Cruise from Rome and immediately fell in love with the jaw-dropping sites – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnick. Our days were spent slurping gelato, strolling cobblestone streets and sitting in quiet churches admiring the centuries-old Read More
Truth be told, I agreed to move to Barcelona having never even been here before. No pressure at all, right!? Call it an enormous leap of faith, but also one of the most exciting parts of our move. The unknown waiting to be discovered. And anyone that’s visited a major European city before knows, they do NOT disappoint… Our 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.