• Expat Life: You Know You’re An Expat When…

    While becoming an expat is a short-term arrangement, it’s no secret that after a while abroad the term “expat” takes on an identity of its own. See if you agree… Before our family relocated to Barcelona to start our expat life, I would listen in awe to my husband share stories of other expat families. At the time, Tony worked in the Global Mobility industry and was responsible for coordinating the logistics of moving employees and their families overseas. How could they just pickup and move their whole life abroad, I wondered? Sooo many details and decisions, I couldn’t imagine being faced with…

  • Are You Moving to Barcelona? Common Expat Questions Answered

    Answering some of the most common questions I receive from expats preparing to move to Barcelona. So you’ve decided the expat life is for you (maybe after taking my online quiz here) and you’re ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Congratulations on making a fantastic decision to move to one of the most desired cities in Europe. As an expat wife living in Barcelona for three years, this city has earned a very special place in my heart. But before stepping foot here, I spent the months leading up to our relocation agonizing about soo many things. Neighborhoods, schools, apartments,…

  • An Insider’s Guide to Barcelona Tapas by Neighborhood

    Learn where to find the city’s best tapas in every neighborhood, recommended by Barcelona Food Experience. Barcelona neighborhoods (barrios) seem to have personalities of their own. And while they each take on a slightly different vibe, visitors can expect to find similar highlights in them all. Great nightlife, gorgeous architecture, rich history, unique shopping…and most importantly AMAZING food. We’re constantly discovering great places to satisfy our pallets, even after living here for more than two years. And if there’s one thing we’ve come to realize about the restaurant scene here, its NOT to judge a book by its cover. Some of the smallest…

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    8 Awesome Weekend Trips from Barcelona in Under 2 Hours

    Mountains, beaches, history & nature make weekend trips from Barcelona limitless. According to local travel authorities, holiday-goers should plan to spend their summer months much closer to home by taking road trips versus jet setting to a faraway place. And with so many beautiful beach towns and remote mountain villages to visit from Barcelona in just under two hours, this isn’t necessarily bad news! Of course, we’ve loved exploring new European cities like Vienna, London, Paris, Prague, and Rome. But a friend once told us if we moved to Spain and didn’t have a chance to actually experience it beyond Barcelona, it would…

  • Our Favorite Homeschooling Resources from Abroad

    Mom, wife, writer, sushi lover, home decor enthusiast – there’s a lot of titles I’d refer to myself as. But teacher?! Maybe tying shoes, potty training and singing nursery rhymes to my kids. But math, science, history? Nope! I prefer to leave the real academic stuff to the professionals! Until now…when homeschooling is a new way of life. Now mothers and fathers all over the globe are thrust into the role of professor, against our free will! With schools closed in many countries for the rest of the academic year, parents are turning to virtual resources to keep their little ones growing, engaged,…

  • An Open Letter to My Husband After 7 Weeks of Lockdown

    What I’ve learned about myself, my husband and the strength of our marriage during the pandemic lockdown in Spain. To My Husband – The other day while standing at the sink washing what seemed like the thousandth dish, I started thinking about our wedding vows. Remember those? On that November day 11 years ago we shivered both from excitement and from the chill in the air. With stars in our eyes and lumps in our throats, we pledged our lives to each other and promised to love through the happiest of times…and the hardest. Couples commit, “through thick and thin” on their wedding…

  • What It’s Like Living Abroad During a Global Pandemic

    No matter what corner of the planet you’re on, the global pandemic has been the focus of all nations. Businesses have shut their doors, many people have lost their jobs. And sadly, thousands have lost their lives. It’s a scary, uncertain and stressful time for us all whether you work on the front lines protecting and treating the sick or are sitting at home waiting for what comes next. Here at home, where we haven’t left the apartment to do more than take the trash out or grocery shop, it feels like we’re in mourning. Mourning the loss of travel, the loss of…

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    Hair Care Secrets from Spain Discovered

    Learn the secrets to achieving gorgeous locks from an envious expat living in Spain. If there is one thing about my beauty regimen that I’ve been trying to understand since moving to Spain it’s the secret to hair care! I can’t quite figure out if it’s the hard city water in Barcelona or the fact that I’m about to turn 40 next year, but my hair has been such a problem lately. Maybe I started noticing it more after observing how luscious, thick and simply gorgeous Spanish women’s hair is! What’s the deal? Their locks appear healthy and unphased by the harmful effects…

  • An American Expat in Spain

    Truth be told, I agreed to move to Spain and become an American expat having never been here before. No pressure at all, right!?  It was during a time when we were done having kids but weren’t ready to completely settle down for the next 30 years. So after some research and lots of late night discussions over wine or coffee – or sometimes both – we decided to stop questioning and start packing! Call it an enormous leap of faith, but also one of the most exciting parts of our move. The unknown waiting to be discovered.  What would we find? Who would we…