Over the last 4 1/2 years we’ve been blessed to have many visitors. Friends and family alike have come to Barcelona to share in this experience with us. Some have come once, some several times. And each and every one of them we have cherished. We know it’s a long way to come, a lot of money for flights and precious vacation time used. And it means the world to us that you have chosen to spend that time and money with us.
And so while we are opening a new chapter to our lives, and hope to have many more visitors come to see us in Amsterdam (a side note here, it’s a DIRECT flight from Boston unlike coming to Barcelona… you know, if that entices you at all), we still had one more set of visitors to join us here for one last hurrah as we get ready to leave our home away from home. Kyle and Kelly. Continue reading
The last 6 1/2 months have been anything but easy for our family. But for the next few months, we have a lot to look forward to. Aside from spring having made it’s arrival in Barcelona, and there is little better than spring in Barcelona, we have a lot of visitors lined up for the next 6 weeks. And while it means less travel for us, after traveling at the pace we have been for the last 4 1/2 years, it’s a welcome relief to have visitors coming our way. First up, our cousins from England!
For a family who hasn’t been able to get our shit together to visit each other during the first four years of our time living in Europe, we’ve now managed to see our British cousins, not once, not twice, but now three Continue reading
Living 4000 miles away from family is tough enough during the year, but the holidays often times can make it even more difficult. While I love our Spanish Thanksgiving each year with all our ex-pat and local friends here, I was especially excited to have some family visiting with us too!!
Whenever I go home, my aunt and uncle always make the time to see myself and the kids – throwing a family bbq to get everyone together. And it’s such a great homecoming to see them and everyone else. But part of what makes it even better for me is that before their visit, I actually didn’t feel like I knew Continue reading
With only about 10 days to work with and a lot of territory to cover, and being the uptight person that I am, I came up with a schedule for my parents and I for their visit. However, given this was their first real vacation in more years than I can count, I also wanted to keep things relatively low key and fun without feeling the pressure of going from one place immediately to another. Plus, my dad had surgery on his knee this spring and has had a difficult recovery from the surgery and so we had his limited mobility to work with. Continue reading
There is no rest for the weary… less than 12 hours after my return to Barcelona I was off and running again to pick up my cousin Meghan from the airport. This is a visit that I’ve been looking forward to for more than 6 months and it’s hard to believe that she was finally arriving! Now under normal circumstances this would be a piece of cake picking her up. But I was already running on empty from the previous few days of little sleep and lots of travel. And I had hit the ground running early that morning to take the kids to their parent/teacher conferences so that I wouldn’t need to disrupt our time together to have to run to school for them. Continue reading
I’m a little late in putting this post up – I actually made my visit to Sagrada Familia a few weeks ago with a friend of mine who wanted to revisit this famous site. However, given that part of this blog is supposed to be about sharing my cultural experiences in addition to everything else I thought it was an important one to put up there. After all Sagrada Familia is probably the most widely known landmark in all of Barcelona Continue reading
Day 3 of Barcelona. Is it really Day 3? Feels like we’ve been here longer. Or maybe it’s just that we really haven’t left this apartment in days other than a trip to the grocery store that I’m just going stir crazy. The sun is out and to me it’s a new beginning! Continue reading