• 5 Perfect Date Nights in Barcelona

    After more than two years living in the vibrant city of Barcelona, one thing is for sure. I love city life! Of course I can appreciate the peace and quiet of suburbia with it’s rolling hills and crickets chirping at night. But something inside me is drawn to the electricity that the concrete jungle offers! After all, there’s constantly new restaurants to try, shops to pop into, a cafe on every corner, simplicity of transportation and always a festival with something to celebrate. Living in the city as a single has loads of benefits and ways to meet people. And if you’re married,…

  • Expat Advice for Choosing an International School

      When you are preparing to move abroad, the list of decisions and things to consider seems endless!  And when children are involved, understanding what the best option is for their education is top on the list.   In this featured podcast with The Expat Cast, I loved sharing my advice for choosing an international school for our two older children and a local trilingual school for our youngest. Check out more of the podcast on Choosing an International School here and my high-level tips below for making this big decision as an expat family. *Listen on the website, on an iPhone with the…

  • Skincare Secrets from Spain Discovered

    So, it turns out the rumor is true! The women in Spain are quite beautiful. I don’t mean loads of makeup and over processed hair kind of beauty secrets. But natural! 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! What do the local women here know that I don’t? What are their skincare secrets? Could it be one magic beauty product or perhaps none at all (since we all know sometimes…

  • 4 Smart Tips for Visiting Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

    Like Times Square in Manhattan or Big Ben in London, Barcelona has its iconic Basilica de Sagrada Familia drawing in millions of visitors per year. It’s an awe-inspiring structure designed by the late Antonio Gaudi and whether or not you’re into architecture – it’s a must see! When you have the chance to live in a foreign city, you quickly learn the “dos and don’ts”, the “secrets and scams” of landmarks such as this. I’ve put the following tips together for Triptipedia, the online encyclopedia of travel tips, to make your visit to Sagrada a delight instead of a mess, trust me. 1.…

  • 4 Different Spanish Potato Dishes

    If you plan to visit Barcelona or even to live here (lucky you!), three things you’re guaranteed to fall in love with are the weather, the architecture and of course THE FOOD!  It only took my husband and I a matter of days to dive into Spanish tapas and what we found was a ton of Spanish potato dishes! Our favorite quickly became patatas bravas,  Think deep fried potato wedges served with both a sweet aioli and spicy salsa. And after two years of eating our way through the streets of Barcelona, we realize every restaurant has their own variation – which keeps…

  • Dressing Like a Local in Spain: Your Go-To Guide

    After two years of living in this fantastic city and trying desperately to look less and less like an outsider, I’ve come to several fashion conclusions. There are some definite DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to dressing like a local in Spain. In other words, fitting in like a local versus standing out like a…tourist! Regardless of what time of year you visit Barcelona, these tips will help you to plan accordingly and look the part! We first set foot in our new home city during the last week of August. The DEAD of summer. At the time I just couldn’t be…

  • True or False Barcelona Rumors

    It’s one thing to do your research online when moving to a new place, like I did when our family relocated to Barcelona. But you only really find out what’s rumor or truth until you see and experience for it for yourself! Turns out, lots of rumors about Barcelona aren’t actually true. If you’re lucky enough to visit or live in this incredible city, learn the facts from someone who figured things out the hard way. 7 Rumors and 1 Truth About Barcelona LANGUAGE – Everyone speaks English: FICTION It makes me chuckle when I look back on the advice we received from…

  • Celebrate an American Christmas in Spain

    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 has come and gone. But here’s the thing… With anticipation often comes expectation and if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, it can be super stressful!! The turkey must be perfectly cooked, the tree lights twinkling just right, the presents meticulously wrapped and the magic of…

  • Why Halloween in Barcelona is Amazing

    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 time with my face in my knees than actually watching.  In general, I hate being scared and since my husband is aware of this, he makes it his mission to jump out and scare the skeleton out of me on a regular basis!  My kids are now starting to catch…