• 4 Qualities Being An Expat Won’t Change

    It’s inevitable that choosing to uproot your life and move abroad to another country will forever change you. In some ways, such as language development and cultural appreciation, for the better. In other ways, such as gaining some extra pounds indulging in the local cuisine, for the less. But after almost two years living abroad, I can confidently say there are a few qualities about myself personally that are planted in my American New Jersey identity and won’t change. Whether I relocate myself in Barcelona or Brisbane, it’s who I am. And you know what? I’m totally okay with that! Related Article: Why…

  • 6 Barcelona Holidays You’ve Never Heard Of

    Before moving to Barcelona, I used to think Americans holidayed more than any other culture. Always a party, always a get together, always some reason to celebrate! And while that is certainly true and one of my favorite things about being American, the Spanish are in a whole different category when it comes to holidays or festivals. It seems like every two weeks our children are off from school for one holiday or another. Most of which I had never heard of before living here. It was so confusing the first year of our expat assignment. Who are we celebrating? Why are we…

  • 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,…

  • Host an Amazing Thanksgiving While Living Abroad

    After two years of tackling our favorite holiday here in Spain, Halloween, we’ve really got it figured out. (See previous article Why Halloween in Barcelona is Amazing) . But how in the world do you host an amazing Thanksgiving while living abroad? The food, the football, the family. All a bit foreign here! While our family back home are basting birds, cozying up to Thanksgiving Day parades on TV and putting finishing touches on apple pie, it’s just another normal day here in Spain! We can’t NOT celebrate it. No way! So in continuing our beloved family traditions while embracing new Spanish ones,…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 6 Thing I Wish I Knew 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…