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    Celebrating Easter in Spain

    The Easter Holiday, otherwise known in Spain as Holy Week or Semana Santa, is undoubtedly the biggest religious holiday of the year. Celebrating Easter in Spain as an American expat has really opened my eyes to the different interpretations and traditions involved. All of which are special and sacred. Since our family has only been living abroad for two and a half years, we feel a certain tug of war when it comes to holiday time. We want to continue to celebrate the same traditions from back home that our children have come to love (and expect). Such traditions like Santa Clause, Trick…

  • 10 Things I’m Finally Doing While Stuck at Home

    Right now, the world is at a standstill. Shops and restaurants closed. Schools operating virtually or not at all. Only essential employees deemed necessary to head into work. From China to Italy, the United States to Australia – we’re all stuck at home wondering and waiting for what comes next. On my end of this global pandemic? Our family of five has been isolated to the fifth-floor apartment we call home in Barcelona. And while the days have been filled with preparing meals, homeschooling three kids, and cleaning (SO much cleaning!), I find myself more motivated than usual to take on some new…

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    What One Week in Coronavirus Lockdown Has Taught Me

    To date, more than 233,000 people across the globe (NY Times) have contracted the COVID-19 Coronavirus. And 17,000 of those cases have been right here in Spain, which is now considered one of the top three most badly affected countries battling the epidemic. As Spanish residents like us wait at home in lockdown mode, the world is bracing itself for what comes next. Being isolated from family, friends, coworkers – it all feels so confusing! And turning on the TV or reading news articles doesn’t exactly provide clarity and comfort. It’s hard to decide what source to believe anymore! So, I’ve taken a…

  • 7 Expat Lessons One Year Later

    “What row are we again, hun?” I asked my husband as we stepped onto the airport tarmac leading us towards a United Airlines Boeing 757.  “Uhh, I think Row 19…..seats A through E,” my husband responded and laughed as he checked all five of our boarding passes.  We were in for a long nine-hour flight.  Non-stop service from Newark, New Jersey to Barcelona, Spain. As we found our seats, shoved carry-ons into overheads and got situated I felt a strange and familiar feeling come over me.  Deja-vu really does exist! Exactly one year ago (down to the minute!) we were boarding the same flight at…

  • A Teen Expat Inspirational Story

    I never realized when I started a blog all the amazing people it would connect me to. This is one of those times when social media amazes me! When a world like Instagram has connected me to people I’ve never met before with inspirational expat 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 her story. I pray my own children grow to be as appreciative of their expat experiences as she is. Related Article: 6 Hopes for My Expat Children She overcame the…

  • One Thing I Hate About Being an Expat

    If you look at photos and videos of our time living abroad, it seems life is bliss. And believe me, we DO love living life overseas. Exciting experiences, new friends, rich cultures – there’s so much to gain from living overseas! So what is the one thing I could possibly hate about being an expat? Oh, there is a “thing”, trust me! It’s something I should have anticipated all along, well before arriving in Spain. It’s something that, if it weren’t for this incredible experience, we could have actually avoided. And despite all this, in a weird way, I’m thankful for this “thing”…

  • Best Cures for Expat Homesickness

    Since our family’s relocation from America to Spain, certain seasons bring about a slight tinge of…expat homesickness.  In the Fall, I long for apple cider, candy corns, roasting marshmallows and the crackle of the fire pit. In the winter, I miss the first gentle snowfall and rosy red noses on my children’s faces. It’s during these times that I think of our old life in New Jersey. Being an expat living in an unfamiliar part of the world will do that to a person! Every expat goes through it at one time or another, usually around their second or third year in a…

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    Prepare Your Kids for Moving Abroad with These 4 Tips

    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 for the road ahead? Focus on Kids’ Interests Give some thought to what your kids are truly interested in and use that info to your advantage. My son enjoys futbol (soccer!) and building Legos. My daughter enjoys cheerleading (not the easiest to find in Europe) and gymnastics. So…

  • 4 Qualities Being An Expat Won’t Change

    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 years living abroad, I can confidently say there are a few qualities about myself personally that are planted in my American New Jersey identity and won’t change. Whether I relocate myself in Barcelona or Brisbane, it’s who I am. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that! Related Article: Why…