Time to breathe…..

Time to breathe…..

This week as I careered through Barcelona centre juggling a silly schedule; work, doctor’s appointments, children’s birthday preparations (you know how it is; we are all busy right?) I was surprised to find myself with an imposed hour between ...

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A Baby in a Bar? In Italy? That’s Just How We Roll.

A Baby in a Bar? In Italy? That’s Just How We Roll.

\"Naomi has grown up in our Allerona bar. She walks in like she owns the place, and now, at a chattering 3 years old, often demands to be taken there. “Andiamo a bar, andiamo a bar!” ...

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A Child’s Birthday Party in Italy – No Small Affair

A Child’s Birthday Party in Italy – No Small Affair

\"A bella figura happens when guests drop by unexpectedly and your house is immaculate and your child is angelic..A brutta figura occurs when guests drop by while you’re screaming at your kid and the dog has just shit on the floor\" ...

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MumAbroad Life: Katrina de Laat of HENhaus in Weisendorf

MumAbroad Life: Katrina de Laat of HENhaus in Weisendorf

\"I couldn\'t live without the amazing network of women and friends I have here! There is something about being so separated from home that somehow makes us depend on each other so much more.\" ...

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MumAbroad Life: Opera Singer Valerie Beatson in Paris

MumAbroad Life: Opera Singer Valerie Beatson in Paris

\"Well, we know the difference between the Quick \"Giant\" and a MacDo \"Big Mac\" now.. as an expat it is a challenge to find a balance between your local culture, making French friends, and finding expat activities.\" ...

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Hypno Doula Simona Pickhard on the Positive Birth Movement in Germany

Hypno Doula Simona Pickhard on the Positive Birth Movement in Germany

\"Interested moms find doulas online or by word of mouth. The first meeting is usually free, giving everyone the possibility to see if they \'\'click\'\' together. By asking many questions, the parents will find out if the doula\'s skills and ...

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MumAbroad Life: Liz Edmunds Living in Varese

MumAbroad Life: Liz Edmunds Living in Varese

\"My impression is that children are treated here in quite a different way than in the UK...they are mollycoddled and cosseted. They are not expected to learn anything formalised, even writing their own name, until they are at least 6.\" ...

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Relocation Pain – The ups and downs of the path of integration in Catalunya, Spain

Relocation Pain – The ups and downs of the path of integration in Catalunya, Spain

\"... if you really want to establish a life abroad; deeply embedded in the community and you want to feel like you belong, well this is when it will get hard. There will be twists and turns along the way and days like I’m having today!\" ...

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All aboard! Or all bored? The highs & lows of travelling with kids

All aboard! Or all bored? The highs & lows of travelling with kids

\"When I see my kids screaming and shouting now on the half hour journey from Sitges to Barcelona I am amazed to think my kids did the travelling they did. Never were we in a bus for less than 8 hours....\" ...

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From model agency to model expat. Falling in love in more ways than one.

From model agency to model expat. Falling in love in more ways than one.

\"After meeting my partner Guillaume 16 years ago while working in the kids club at Club Med...I had no idea the adventure that lay ahead for us both. Little did I know we would end up living and working together in Barcelona, with our 2 children.\" ...

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Note from the founders

MumAbroad was founded by Rebecca Laidlaw, an Internet Marketing consultant & Carrie Frais, a Journalist and PR executive. Carrie lives in Barcelona and is Mum to Poppy and Bertie and Rebecca lives in Oxfordshire (UK) and has 3 children, Ollie , Sophie and Theo . “In 2007, we were both living in the beautiful city of Barcelona, having each just given birth to our first child. With no extended family to help with childcare, we looked for other resources to help guide us through this challenging period of our lives. We were surprised at how difficult it was to find easily accessible information about activities and services for parents. It soon became apparent that there was a growing niche for an English language website which would offer parents from the International Community valuable information such as child-related services, schools, family activities, shops, family holidays and restaurants. After extensive research and the help of scores of mothers, Barcelona Mum was born, offering a comprehensive and personalized guide to family life in Barcelona. Within a few months MumAbroad Spain was launched, incorporating the whole of Catalunya and subsequently Madrid, Andalucia, the Costa Blanca and the Balearics. As the site gained momentum, MumAbroad France, MumAbroad Italy and MumAbroad Germany were established and in 2014 the four sites were amalgamated under one roof. We believe that, in the majority of cases, parents are the best judge of anything child-related, so that is why our site is based purely on recommendation. Every service, group or activity on our website has been recommended by at least one Mum or Dad. In our interview section, you can read about other mums’ experiences of living abroad as well as interviews with a host of childhood experts. In our Women in Business section, we’ve discovered some inspirational ladies, who have established successful businesses in and created a life for themselves, many of whom have had to juggle work and family life. Our forum allows parents to share concerns, offer advice, advertise services, buy & sell items and virtually meet others in an online community.” Carrie & Rebecca carrie@mumabroad.com rebecca@mumabroad.com

English Speaking jobs

www.thelocal.es/jobs

 

Government Website for Foreign Residents

www.exteriores.gob.es/Portal/en

 

Internations Spain

www.internations.org/spain-expats