• Celebrating Christmas in Barcelona, Spain Like a Local

    Learn where locals go, what they eat and how they celebrate the most magical time of year in Barcelona, Spain If you’ve just moved to the fabulous city of Barcelona or plan to vacation here over the Christmas holiday, you must be wondering how locals celebrate the most anticipated time of year – Christmas. Look no further for everything you need to know to have a magical holiday season in the Catalonia capital. We’re an American expat family that have been living abroad in Spain for more than three years. And we’ve only ventured back to the U.S. for one Christmas – which…

  • Living in Spain: 5 Things You’ll Fall in Love With!

    What we quickly learned about the Spanish way of life that is easier and more convenient than life in the U.S. When you’re an expat living with three toddlers in Spain you need more than a foamy cappuccino and a Gothic cathedral to make everyday life run smoothly. And in Spain, where they prioritize simplicity and ease, we have come to fall in love with a few of their cultural conveniences. The first time Tony and I visited Europe we took a twelve-night cruise and immediately fell in love with this part of the world – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnik.  Our days were…

  • Medieval Castles Near Barcelona Not to Miss

    Transport back in time to some of the most authentic and breathtaking castles near the Catalonia capital. If there is one thing about living in Catalonia that will never grow old for me, it’s the incredible and unique medieval castles near Barcelona. One more jaw dropping and awe inspiring than the next. And each with its own mysterious history. I can’t stop taking pictures every time I’m in front of one! Our personal favorite is the castle of Tossa de Mar (read below) which sits perched above the sea right along the Mediterranean with the most breathtaking views in Costa Brava. Talk about…

  • The Most Iconic Souvenirs to Bring Back from Barcelona

    Unique and memorable souvenirs that capture the true spirit and culture of Barcelona This past summer we traveled back to the U.S. to visit our families, a trip we take once per year. And each time, we try to bring back from Barcelona something truly special and unique. After living here for three years, we’ve already exhausted t-shirts of Sagrada Familia and flamenco clappers. So we’ve started getting a little bit more creative and in the process. So, what are some of the best souvenirs to bring back to loved ones after a trip to this incredible and culture-rich city? It can be…

  • Skincare Secrets from Spain Discovered

    The best beauty brands and skincare products in Spain uncovered for achieving a gorgeous, youthful glow. The women in Spain are quite beautiful and as an American living in Barcelona, I’ve often wondered what their skincare secrets are. Minimal makeup, long locks with a true sun-kissed ombre AND glowing skin. Youthful, dewey and bright complexions. As someone struggling to keep my skin hydrated and toned from the effects of hard city water in Barcelona, this got me thinking! *This article contains affiliate links that may result in a small commission to the writer at no additional cost or commitment to you, the consumer.…

  • How to Celebrate Halloween in Barcelona As an Expat

    Our expat family’s tips for enjoying the spookiest night of the year even while living abroad. If you don’t already know, Halloween is my favorite!!  That crisp chill in the air, the rustling of freshly fallen leaves at your feet and the smell of a crackling outdoor fire nearby.  So when we moved to Barcelona to become expats and realized Halloween isn’t that big of a deal, I panicked! How would we recreate a holiday that is growing enormously in the states but is overshadowed in Spain by Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead on November 1)? Before becoming expats, Halloween in…

  • 7 Best Family Camping Sites in Spain

    If you plan to travel to Spain (or are lucky enough to live here!) and are looking for a truly unique holiday experience, consider camping! Spain has some of the best family camping sites around and is the perfect getaway for nature-lovers and adventure seekers. One of our family’s very first weekend trips in Spain ended up being one of our favorites that we reflect on often. It offered lasting memories and some of the most beautiful landscapes we’ve ever seen! It’s true, Spain boasts some of the most impressive and history-rich cities in the world. But when one ventures off the beaten…

  • Expat Life: You Know You’re An Expat When…

    While becoming an expat is a short-term arrangement, it’s no secret that after a while abroad the term “expat” takes on an identity of its own. See if you agree… Before our family relocated to Barcelona to start our expat life, I would listen in awe to my husband share stories of other expat families. At the time, Tony worked in the Global Mobility industry and was responsible for coordinating the logistics of moving employees and their families overseas. How could they just pickup and move their whole life abroad, I wondered? Sooo many details and decisions, I couldn’t imagine being faced with…

  • Moving to Barcelona: Common Expat Questions Answered

    Answering some of the most common questions I receive from future expats preparing to move to Barcelona. So you’ve decided the expat life is for you (maybe after taking my online quiz here) and you’re ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Congratulations on making a fantastic decision to move to one of the most desired cities in Europe. As an expat wife living in Barcelona for three years, this city has earned a very special place in my heart. But before stepping foot here, I spent the months leading up to our relocation agonizing about soo many things. Neighborhoods, schools,…