Weekend in Barcelona

Last weekend, over Easter, we were off on our third and final trip for the month of March – this time to Barcelona. What a busy month!  Essentially we had 2 weekends at “home”, home being a relative term – one in Boston and one in Barcelona.  It was fun getting to be in both places that we once called home within 10 days of each other and recalling the things that make each of them special in our hearts. Continue reading

BFIS Carnaval 2014

Once again, the Carnaval at school is as close to the real thing that I got this year.  A good friend invited me to go to the one down in Sitges (which is supposed to be unreal!) but I just couldn’t motivate myself to get a sitter and get out, especially knowing that I was the one who had to still get the kids up and out first thing Monday morning as Josh was already back in Amsterdam for the week.  But speaking of Josh being in Amsterdam, one of the (ok, pretty much the only plus) of him being away is that he works from home on Fridays.  For the first time since we’ve lived in Barcelona…actually for the first time since our kids have been in school… he is able to go to school events held during the day.  So he was actually able to get to school for the Carnaval festivities. Continue reading

Learning About Loss

There are times when I debate whether a moment in our lives here is appropriate to share with the world.  The lines of blogging can be a bit blurred.  Some things can be just a little too personal and at the same time, these are the moments that mold us into the people we will become – whether good or bad.  And in this journey of ex-pat life, so many events have impacted our lives.  Loss is one of them and has come in several forms.
We all suffer from loss through out our lives in different ways.  Loss of a home (or country).  Loss of identity (common for expats), loss of friendships and more.  But worst of all is the loss of a life. It’s a painful lesson that everyone learns – no one is exempt no matter where you live or who you know.

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The Most Wonderful Day of the Year – Another School Year Begins

On Monday, September 2, the new school year started here in Barcelona.  I seriously don’t know where the time has gone.  When we moved here, Aidan was only halfway thru kindergarten, now he’s in 4th grade!  And Liam is in 1st!  What happened to my babies?  Josh and I were looking at pictures the other night of them as babies and part of me yearns for those days again and the other part loves how independent my boys are getting.  I’m so proud of them these days! Continue reading

Road Trip – Connecticut and New York City!

As we prepared our schedule this year to go back to Boston, we had a slight change to our usual plans.  This year, since one of Aidan’s best friend’s lives in New York and Liam’s best friend was moving there, we decided to add a roadtrip to NYC into the mix.  I found it amazing that my kids have been all over Europe and yet, haven’t been to NYC, a mere 4 hour drive from Attleboro.  But now we had reason to come visit and I think that it will become an annual tradition as both kids loved the city (Aidan actually wants to move there). Continue reading

Another School Year Comes to an End

Last Friday, another school year came to an end – we now officially have a 1st and 4th grader in our house.  For both kids, I think this was a banner year – but then I feel like I say that every year.  They worked hard and it paid off.  I feel like they are both really coming into their own.  They built relationships; met new kids and said goodbye to friends, both new and old.  They are happy to see that summer is here with long days, no homework (ha, wait til they see the bridge books I bought!) and lots of time to play. And the best part – going home in August to visit our family and friends there.

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Sant Jordi 2013

Sant Jordi is hands down one of my favorite holidays here in Barcelona.  It’s the Valentine’s Day of Spain but better.  Streets are lined with kiosks of flower and book vendors.  Men give women roses and women give men books.  It’s a beautiful exchange and you see men and women walking around holding their precious books and roses all day. Continue reading

The Rules of the Road

While I’m sure there are plenty of worse things that can happen, for today, there was nothing worse than coming out of my parent/teacher conferences to find that my car was no longer where I parked it.  It actually took me a minute to even realize it wasn’t there.  I actually crossed the street over to another campus building, passing by the side of the street where my car was (no longer) parked and didn’t make the connection that there was Continue reading

BFIS Carnaval 2013

It’s that time of year again… Carnaval.  It’s hard to believe this is our third one that we are celebrating here in Barcelona.  Yesterday I went up to the school to watch the boys in their annual Carnaval parade.  This is not one of the most exciting events that the school puts on but fun nonetheless.  Unfortunately for me, I was using a new camera and either I didn’t shoot the video correctly or I am just totally inept and can’t locate them on my computer.  So with the exception of the one video (which I can’t seem to upload to youtube) I took using my iphone, pictures will have to suffice for this one. Continue reading