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Personal thoughts and experiences of a British family living in Valencia, Spain.

Spring in Valencia Spain
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5 Sure Signs of Spring in Valencia

1. The smell of Azahar Valencia is named as the Orange Blossom Coast (Costa del Azahar). Every year you can literally smell spring in the air. These small white flowers on the orange trees are called Azahar and as they bloom
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My Week: Good Intentions…

The C Word Would you believe that we are only a little month over away until Christmas?! I started this month with good intentions, all planned out so that the 'C' word doesn't creep up on me, but no. This
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OMG! Homework!

HOMEWORK. One word that send chills into many expat parents in Spain. A subject that can guarantee a reaction in many expatriates gathering! If you're an expat parent in Spain with young children, I'm sure you know what I mean! Since my
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Valencian School Calendar

So here we are another start of the new school year. After a busy and hot summer, I'm finally glad to be back to normality... well from next week anyway. Here is a helpful guide on when the school year
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Childhood Immunisations in Spain

From birth until they are between 14-16 years of age, all children have to be immunised. In Spain, it is no different. Once you have moved into your new home you and your family will need to visit the local
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12 weeks of summer holidays

It's been a month since my son broke up for the summer holidays. And yes you read that right, we have 12 weeks of school holidays here in Spain starting from the 22nd of June. Long gone the anxiety that
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My upcoming trip to the UK

Excited! The first word that comes into my mind! I have finally organised my trip back to the UK for next month! Flights and hotels are booked the only thing left to do now is to look forward to seeing
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Introducing Our Ninot for the Fallas

These past few days I’ve been occupied with my youngest son's school project. Every year, the kids are asked to create a ninot for the cremá. This year's theme is about films and music, and every year the students deliver
Chess In Schools
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Chess In Spanish Schools

When you think about education, the first thing that comes to mind is probably not playing a game. However, some games are designed to increase a child’s learning potential. One such game is the thought-provoking and strategic game of chess.
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Fireworks & Paellas

This week has gone far too quick. I can't believe that it's already been a 7 days since our trip to Barcelona. Now, here I am again getting the usual things sorted for school tomorrow. I really need an extra
Things I Miss From Living Abroad
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Things I Miss From Living Abroad

With this cold weather hitting us lately I really wish I can hibernate until Spring. The past week have been colder than normal, with snow hitting many parts of Spain. Thankfully, we've not been affected, but the low temperatures are
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