• 6 Surprises 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 life…

  • Why Our Third Baby Made Moving Abroad Even Better!

    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 a rather…

  • 7 Important 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 massive United Airlines Boeing 757.  “Uhh, I think Row 19…..seats A through E,” my husband responded and chuckled 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 the…

  • 5 American Conveniences You’ll Dearly 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 saying.  The…

  • 5 Spanish Conveniences 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 Princess Cruise from Rome and immediately fell in love with the jaw-dropping sites – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnick.  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 Barcelona,…

  • My First Key Experience with Spanish Culture

    Truth be told, I agreed to move to Barcelona having never even been here before. No pressure at all, right!?  Call it an enormous leap of faith, but also one of the most exciting parts of our move. The unknown waiting to be discovered.  And anyone that’s visited a major European city before knows, they do NOT disappoint…  Our expectations were HIGH! But actually, there was something I was a little disappointed about….at first.  It was one of those “first impression” things that kind of sticks with you. People here didn’t seem to smile much! Not what you were expecting me to say?  Well, it bothered me!  I know…

  • Moving Abroad with Kids: Our Story

    As thrilled as Tony and I were for this next chapter of our family’s life, relocating to Barcelona, I was worried sick about telling the kids. Moving abroad with kids is an exciting adventure, but breaking the initial news to them can be tough! Revealing a surprise to your children like a trip to Disney or a new swimming pool is one of the most enjoyable parts of being a parent.  And for anyone that has had to share less enjoyable news you soon realize this is one of the hardest parts. A Mother’s Worries About Moving Kids Abroad How would we even deliver the…

  • Why We Chose to Move Abroad…

    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 go away. …