• 4 Realities of Everyday Expat Life

    The reality of everyday expat life as a family (with three young children) isn’t always easy peasy, despite what others might think! “So, how’s your three year vacation going?!” someone once jokingly asked regarding our relocation to Barcelona. We laughed right along and agreed that with the sun and palm trees, the very laid back attitude of Spanish culture and the ease of weekend jaunts to virtually anywhere in Europe, it can absolutely feel like a vacation! At times. We truly love living here, it’s been the experience of a lifetime! But anything worth it in life brings about sacrifices and in our…

  • 6 Hopes for My Expat Children

    When we decided to take the leap and move from the U.S. to Spain, my head started spinning.  So many questions, even more worries – and tons of hopes!  I prayed my expat children would meet others from all over the world, try new and interesting foods, pick up a foreign language and grow more independent as a result of their new “expat” status.   Looking back after two years abroad, what we got was so much more!  This journey is a part of the canvas of our family forever.  As my children grow up and this incredible chapter becomes a distant memory, I want…

  • 6 Thing I Wish I Knew About Raising Expat Kids

    Life abroad really does give you an entirely new perspective into the world – and raising expat kids in Spain has had its fair share of surprises along the way. When we made the decision to move to Barcelona with our young children, we dreamed about the new adventures they would have and broader perspective they would gain into the world around them! However….(and I say that with a giggle) there have also been some rather….surprising and unexpected experiences for the kids that Tony and I were NOT prepared for.  Things that locals here don’t blink an eye to, just another day in…

  • The Truth About Being an Expat with Three Kids

    On an afternoon in early November, my husband and I stood face to face slightly shivering from both nerves and from the autumn chill in the air. Friends and family joined us, but for that moment it seemed Tony and I were the only ones there.  Bright-eyed and giddy, a few less wrinkles back then for me, a bit more hair for him. As we read our vows to one another, our promises for what life together would look like, there were tears through smiles. I read aloud my dreams of starting a family together….. putting an extra emphasis on having “many children”…..and received…

  • 5 American Conveniences Expats Will Miss…

    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 sweltering temps, a mass exodus in the month of August also occurs.  The city practically shuts down with most stores and restaurants locking their doors until early September and many streets eerily quiet. This is Spain’s summer “holiday” month.  Which, for the record, I still have a hard time…

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

    The first time Tony and I visited Europe was to celebrate our one year wedding anniversary.  We took a twelve-night cruise and immediately fell in love with this part of the world – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnik.  Our days were spent slurping gelato, strolling cobblestone streets and sitting in quiet churches admiring the centuries-old architecture. It was a dream… Can you tell this was “pre-children”?! (Cue the sound of a record player coming to a screeching halt!) We look back on that trip and recognize it was the first stepping-stone to getting us where we are today – living and breathing life in…

  • Why We Chose to Move Abroad – The Expat Chronicle Story

    Nine months ago my husband Tony and I started wondering. Asking questions. Dreaming.  Believing. Our third daughter, London Olivia (no, she was not conceived in London and yes, we have been asked that more times than you can imagine!) was five months old, barely crawling, when we fell in love with the idea of moving abroad. Our Background Story We weren’t unhappy in New Jersey where we were both born and raised, where both of our families all lived and where we knew our three children would have a great upbringing. But we also had that itch.  The kind of itch that doesn’t…