• 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…

  • 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…