Vrolijk Pasen – Easter in the Netherlands

It used to be that with every passing holiday that we were gone, a little piece of me died.  Sounds dramatic, I know. But being away from friends and family during any holiday has to be one of the hardest things about being an expat.  However, you’ll be happy to know that these days, instead of a little piece of me dying, a little piece of me is growing.  I’m finding pleasure in new traditions and for us to find ways to celebrate as our little family unit of four. Continue reading

Felice Pascua! Happy Easter!

Growing up, Easter was never a religious holiday in our house, at least in my eyes – I’m sure in part this was because we were raised mostly Jewish (I say mostly because my dad’s family is Lutheran and we would also do things with his family) and so Easter wasn’t “our” holiday but at the same time my parents would still take part in the fun aspects of non Jewish holidays.  It was a time to decorate eggs which were then hidden by the Easter Bunny Continue reading

Spring and Easter in Barcelona

Spring has arrived in Barcelona.  Like at home, this is my favorite time of year.  The leaves are starting to bud, flowers are blooming, people are coming out of hibernation and it’s just an awakening to the senses.  You can’t help feel good this time of year.  We’ve just come off two great trips with the kids – Valencia and DisneyParis – and while a lot of fun, definitely exhausting!  So it was nice to get back to “normal” this week. Continue reading