• 16 Best Flat Shoes for Women to Wear in Spain

    The most comfortable and stylish women’s flat shoes under $200 for traveling to Spain each season. When you’re a female traveler visiting Spain, it can be difficult to balance what’s fashionable and stylish over what’s comfortable and realistic. Do you opt for stylish flats or platform sneakers? Traveling anywhere, to a big city like Barcelona, Spain or the outbacks, usually requires a ton of walking. That’s half the fun of exploring a new place. Who the heck wants to sit in a car the whole time? So it’s critical to make selections that won’t leave your toes barking with blisters! But if you’re…

  • 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…

  • Skincare Secrets from Spain Discovered

    The best beauty brands and skincare products in Spain uncovered for achieving a gorgeous, youthful glow. The women in Spain are quite beautiful and as an American living in Barcelona, I’ve often wondered what their skincare secrets are. 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! *This article contains affiliate links that may result in a small commission to the writer at no additional cost or commitment to you, the consumer.…

  • How to Celebrate Halloween in Barcelona As an Expat

    Our expat family’s tips for enjoying the spookiest night of the year even while living abroad. If you don’t already know, Halloween is my favorite!!  That crisp chill in the air, the rustling of freshly fallen leaves at your feet and the smell of a crackling outdoor fire nearby.  So when we moved to Barcelona to become expats and realized Halloween isn’t that big of a deal, I panicked! How would we recreate a holiday that is growing enormously in the states but is overshadowed in Spain by Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead on November 1)? Before becoming expats, Halloween in…

  • 7 Best Family Camping Sites in Spain

    If you plan to travel to Spain (or are lucky enough to live here!) and are looking for a truly unique holiday experience, consider camping! Spain has some of the best family camping sites around and is the perfect getaway for nature-lovers and adventure seekers. One of our family’s very first weekend trips in Spain ended up being one of our favorites that we reflect on often. It offered lasting memories and some of the most beautiful landscapes we’ve ever seen! It’s true, Spain boasts some of the most impressive and history-rich cities in the world. But when one ventures off the beaten…

  • Best Things to See and Do in The Balearic Islands

    Traveling experts from all over the world share their very best of what to see and do on Spain’s famous Balearic Islands. Before COVID took the world by storm this Spring, the plan was for my family to take a lovely Mediterranean cruise including stops at the Balearic Islands. Before I even had a chance to begin researching the best things to see and do there, the trip was cancelled. What a pity! Three years living abroad in Barcelona has afforded our family the opportunity to see some truly remarkable parts of Spain. We’ve hiked the trails of Montserrat. Swam in the crystal…

  • The Best Spanish Cocktails to Drink This Summer

    One of the first things we noticed about living in Barcelona was how free-flowing and acceptable alcohol is at any time of the day! Breakfast beers, siesta cocktails and happy hour glasses clinging are acceptable (as well as expected) here! Since bars and restaurants have been shut down thanks to COVID-19 for the last 10 weeks, people here are anxious to indulge once again in their favorite tapas and cocktails alfresco! Maybe it’s because we’ve been stuck indoors for so long or haven’t dined out in what seems like FOR-ever. But one thing is for sure! We plan to go ALL out this…

  • 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…