• Discovering Calpe – A Gem in Alicante, Spain

    Looking for a getaway from the bustling city of Barcelona? A short drive south will transport you to a destination that has it all. After spending four long months cooped up in our Barcelona apartment, we were really in need of a family summer getaway! Really anywhere would do, as long as it allowed us to swim, hike, discover and make memories. And we found a true gem in the Costa Blanca region of Alicante. The town known as Calpe. Our summer getaway totally exceeded our expectations and two weeks didn’t seem long enough to discover all this place had to offer. About…

  • Moving to Barcelona: Common Expat Questions Answered

    Answering some of the most common questions I receive from future 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,…

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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…

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

    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 day, but how many stop to think about what truly hard times might look like? I’m guessing not many.…

  • 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

    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 of city water, over-processing, or the environment. What do local Spanish women of all…

  • 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…

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    9 Vintage Furniture Stores in Barcelona

    One of my favorite passions from back in the states was restoring and painting vintage or second hand furniture. I loved this hobby so much, I ended up turning it in a little side business for myself. It was one of the things that was hardest for me to walk away from once we decided to move to Barcelona. People ask me constantly why I don’t continue the art here. Honestly, the furniture market and logistics in Spain are very different from back home. However, my love for scoping out the best vintage furniture is still strong. So, you can imagine how awful…

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    My Favorite Apps for Tourists and Expats in Barcelona

    How in the world would we survive these days without the convenience of technology? Things that seemed virtually impossible 20 years ago are now a finger swipe away. I’ll admit, sometimes I think about the fact that our family has moved to the other side of the globe and wonder if we’re crazy! Language barriers, cultural differences, currency conversions, metric system, city navigating. It’s all overwhelming if you stop and think about it long and hard. But then I’m reminded of how modern the world has become. How very easy it is today, thanks to the internet and tons of useful apps, to…