• 4 Qualities Being An Expat Won’t Change

    (3 minute read) 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 things about myself personally that are planted in my American Central New Jersey identity and will probably never change. Whether I plant myself in Barcelona or Brisbane, it’s who I am. And you know what? I’m totally okay with…

  • 5 Discoveries that Made Moving Abroad a Breeze

    It’s been fun writing for the blog week after week and documenting our experiences as an expat family. I hope to look back someday on this exciting chapter and remember the journey all over again. If living abroad has taught me one thing, it’s that living abroad isn’t so…uncommon! I used to think it was – picking up your whole life and venturing to a world unknown. But actually, it seems like every day I meet a new face here from a different part of the globe…..other than Spain. People from all different cultures and backgrounds with rich stories to match. It amazes and inspires…

  • 5 Fail-Proof Cures for Expat Homesickness

    Most recently since our family’s relocation from America to Spain, the Fall season also represents a slight tinge of…homesickness.  When I long for apple cider, candy corns, roasting marshmallows and the crackle of that first firepit of the season I think of our old life in New Jersey. Crisp Autumn winds, smells of outdoor fire pits, crunchy leaves between your feet and a warm scarf wrapped around your once tanned shoulders.  Fall signifies routine, with kids back to school, and an anticipation in the air of holiday festivities to come. Every expat goes through it at one time or another, usually around their second or…

  • 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…