• Skincare Secrets from Spain Discovered

    So, it turns out the rumor is true! The women in Spain are quite beautiful. I don’t mean loads of makeup and over processed hair kind of beauty secrets. But natural! Minimal makeup, long locks with a true sun-kissed ombre AND glowing skin. Youthful, dewey and bright complexions. As someone struggling to keep my skin hydrated and toned from the effects of hard city water in Barcelona, this got me thinking! What do the local women here know that I don’t? What are their skincare secrets? Could it be one magic beauty product or perhaps none at all (since we all know sometimes “less is…

  • La Pobla de Lillet, Spain Photo Gallery

    Month: November 2018 Accommodations: Air B&B – Mas Merolla, Gombren Listing link here – https://abnb.me/8r6AAq74L0 Our Favorite Thing To Do: This home is situated deep in the countryside of Catalunya in the heart of tiny Gombren. Surrounded by nature, the smells and sounds of this incredible home are the perfect getaway from city life. We spent our time hiking and exploring the area – little trails, lush meadows and shaded forests. It was a perfect weekend of outdoor simplicity for the kids – technology free! Our Best Tip: The nearest town of La Pobla de Lliet where you’ll find several small shops and restaurants is…

  • The Ultimate Cheat Sheet to the Language of Barcelona

    One of the biggest misconceptions about Spain is that Spanish is the primary language. But contrary to popular assumptions, there are several other native tongues spoken in this country depending on what region you come from. Like many things, we didn’t find this out until after relocating here! In the northern Basque Country region where the beautiful Bilbao and San Sebastian are, the language is called…Basque. In our home city of Barcelona the first language is Catalan. Cata-who?! Yes Catalan, which derives from the region of Spain known as Catalunya including Barcelona, Girona and stretching as far south as Tarragona. This dialect is also spoken…

  • Dressing Like a Local in Spain: Your Go-To Guide

    After two years of living in this fantastic city and trying desperately to look less and less like an outsider, I’ve come to several fashion conclusions. There are some definite DOs and DON’Ts when it comes to dressing like a local in Spain. In other words, fitting in like a local versus standing out like a…tourist! Regardless of what time of year you visit Barcelona, these tips will help you to plan accordingly and look the part! We first set foot in our new home city during the last week of August. The DEAD of summer. At the time I just couldn’t be bothered with…

  • Hotel vs Air B&B…Which is Right For You?

    Remember that adorable Christmas movie The Holiday staring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Two single gals in opposite sides of the globe looking to escape everyday life – so they decide to do a house “switch”! The cute Rom-Com was my first intro to the idea of house sharing…and it fascinated me! Abandoning the complimentary soaps and reception desks of traditional cookie-cutter hotels for a more personal experience and renting someone else’s home to live like a local… The rise in popularity with vacation rentals like those offered on Air B&B is the assumed cost savings. Why pay for a hotel room when you can…

  • 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…

  • Barcelona: 7 Rumors & 1 Truth

    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 – It’s a modern world, everyone in Barcelona speaks English: FICTION It makes me chuckle when I look back on the…

  • How We Celebrated an American Christmas in Spain

    Inhale. Annnnnnd exhale. Did anyone else breathe an enormous sigh of relief now that the holidays are OVER? Don’t get me wrong, I love the preparations and hate how fast it all ends! It’s a mix of emotions that the most anticipated time of year with the parties, the presents, the traditions and the cheer has come and gone. But here’s the thing… With anticipation often comes expectation and if you’re a bit of a perfectionist like me, it can be super stressful!! The turkey must be perfectly cooked, the tree lights twinkling just right, the presents meticulously wrapped and the magic of the season…

  • Why Halloween in Barcelona is Amazing

    If you’ve ever met me personally, if we’re friends on social media – HELL, if you’ve ever strolled past our home in New Jersey during the month of October, you know ONE thing. We friekin’ LOVE Halloween!!! Not because I’m some thrill-seeker or horror junkie.  Actually, I’m frightened stiff of scary movies and spend more time with my face in my knees than actually watching.  In general, I hate being scared and since my husband is aware of this, he makes it his mission to jump out and scare the skeleton out of me on a regular basis!  My kids are now starting to catch on too……