• How to Keep Kids Happy on a Rainy Day in Barcelona

    Find out what cool places to go to and interesting things to do in Barcelona with busy kids on a rainy day. Barcelona is a vibrant and outdoorsy city full of festivals, outdoor restaurants, street performers, and days at the beach thanks to the incredible Mediterranean weather. So what’s a family with kids to do in this city on the rare occasion when it rains? While Barcelona only sees a handful of rainy days each year, getting stuck in one can be a real inconvenience. Take it from me, as an expat living here for almost four years. Compiling my list of 30…

  • Advice on Getting a Job in Barcelona as a Foreigner

    Moving to Barcelona is a dream but finding employment here can be a nightmare if you don’t have the facts and specifics. I’m often asked for advice on getting a job in Barcelona. People wonder how our family ended up moving abroad. And the truth is, we had my husband’s job as the vehicle which got us here and helped support our family’s life. We are expats. But what do you do if you’re someone that dreams of moving to this city but worries about finding employment? My husband, who has a career in Human Resources sees outstanding resumes cross his desk every…

  • 5 Family Friendly Hotels in Barcelona Your Traveling Kids will Love

    Check out our favorite picks for the most family friendly hotels during your trip to Barcelona. Barcelona can be a fantastic city to visit as a family! And how you spend your days here is just as important as where you lay your heads down at night. Many of the historic and beautiful hotels we fantasize about may not be ideal for families. So you need to do your research and choose wisely! Here are some of the most family friendly hotels in Barcelona that our family personally loves. But first, a quick word to help level set your expectations. Don’t assume hotels…

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    How to Celebrate a Traditional Easter in Spain

    Whether you’re an expat or a traveler to Spain during the Easter holiday, there are some incredible traditions not to be missed! The Easter Holiday, otherwise known in Spain as Holy Week or Semana Santa, is undoubtedly the largest and most traditional religious holiday of the year. Celebrating Easter in Spain as an American expat has really opened my eyes to the different interpretations. All of which are special and sacred. Since our family has only been living abroad for two and a half years, we feel a certain tug of war when it comes to holiday time. We want to continue to…

  • How to Shop Women’s Clothing Stores in Barcelona

    Tips for finding your favorite women’s clothing stores in Barcelona and how to shop here like a local. One of the most confusing things for me when first moving from the states to Barcelona as an expat was finding great women’s clothing stores. Hard to believe, I know, considering this is an enormous city! The neighborhood we live in has lots of privately owned shops for older women, none of which really spoke to my personal style. I tend to like colors, patterns, fitted clothes with some sort of glam (leather, stone, buckle, etc.) And it seemed I always walked out empty-handed when…

  • Which Barcelona Neighborhood Best Suits Your Family?

    When my husband and I found out our family would be relocating to Barcelona, one of the things I was most excited about was finding a home in the best neighborhood.  I happen to love the entire process of house hunting! This was our very first experience living abroad and I couldn’t help but fantasize about our dream apartment.  An old world-styled space perfectly renovated with modern luxuries but still maintaining that gorgeous Spanish charm.  Views of the Barcelona Cathedral, a short walk to the beach and the melodies of street performers outside my window were all things I thought I wanted in…

  • Avoid Getting Pickpocketed in Barcelona with These Tips

    Learn the places to avoid, the distractions to be aware of, and the smartest products to prevent getting pickpocketed in Barcelona. Unfortunately, it turns out the rumors are TRUE. Barcelona, as incredible and unique a city as it is, also takes the cake when it comes to being the number one city in the world for pickpocketing! But fear not – these tips will help you avoid this petty crime while visiting. Perhaps it’s the warm weather year round or the inexpensive cost of living – but Barcelona seems to attract a larger population of needy than other European cities. In the Catalunya…

  • Celebrating Christmas in Barcelona, Spain Like a Local

    Learn where locals go, what they eat and how they celebrate the most magical time of year in Barcelona, Spain If you’ve just moved to the fabulous city of Barcelona or plan to vacation here over the Christmas holiday, you must be wondering how locals celebrate the most anticipated time of year – Christmas. Look no further for everything you need to know to have a magical holiday season in the Catalonia capital. We’re an American expat family that have been living abroad in Spain for more than three years. And we’ve only ventured back to the U.S. for one Christmas – which…

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

    What we quickly learned about the Spanish way of life that is easier and more convenient than life in the U.S. When you’re an expat living with three toddlers in Spain you need more than a foamy cappuccino and a Gothic cathedral to make everyday life run smoothly. And in Spain, where they prioritize simplicity and ease, we have come to fall in love with a few of their cultural conveniences. The first time Tony and I visited Europe we took a twelve-night cruise and immediately fell in love with this part of the world – Venice, Athens, Santorini, Dubrovnik.  Our days were…